Richard Lischer Bio, Age, Duke Divinity School, Wife, Family and Net Worth

Who is Richard Lischer?

Richard Alan Lischer is an American author, memoirist, preacher, practical theologian, and professor emeritus at Duke Divinity School.

Detailed Richard Lischer Biography?

A native of St. Louis, Professor Lischer’s graduate theological training is in systematic theology. He is an ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and has nine years of pastoral experience in rural and suburban settings.

He joined the Duke Divinity School faculty in 1979 and teaches in the areas of homiletics and ministry.

In his scholarly work, Dr. Lischer has sought to portray proclamation, ministry, and rhetoric as integrated theological activities. He also has explored the interactions of preaching, politics, and contemporary culture, notably in The Preacher King: Martin Luther King, Jr.

and the Word that Moved America and at The End of Words: The Language of Reconciliation in a Culture of Violence. His book The Company of Preachers was named 2003 Best Book in Ministry/Leadership by Christianity Today.

His theological memoir, Open Secrets: A Memoir of Faith and Discovery, evokes the hidden dynamics of ministry in a small-town parish.

A second memoir, Stations of the Heart: Parting with a Son, commemorates his son, Adam, who died in 2005. His most recent book, Reading the Parables, was named one of the Top 10 books for parish ministry in 2014 by the Academy of Parish Clergy.

Professor Lischer has taught and lectured widely in the areas of practical theology, ministry, religious autobiography, and preaching.

He has held many distinguished lectureships, including the Lyman Beecher Lectures at Yale Divinity School. His work has been twice anthologized in Best Christian Writing.

He received a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007 from the Academy of Homiletics and was named a Henry Luce III Fellow in Theology for 2012-13. He is currently visiting professor at Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, N.J.

Duke Divinity School

After serving as a Lutheran pastor for nine years, Lischer joined the faculty of Duke Divinity School. He has been interviewed on topics ranging from church liturgy to death, commenting frequently in the New York Times.

He has participated in multiple NPR interviews, and in 2010 was a part of the PBS documentary “God in America,” where he provides background for the episode on the leadership of Martin Luther King, Jr. during the civil rights movement.

He has also explored the interactions of preaching, politics, and literature, notably at Yale Divinity School in his Lyman Beecher Lectures on preaching and reconciliation, as well as in a prize-winning study of Martin Luther King, Jr.,

The Preacher King: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Word that Moved America, for which he was interviewed by Duke News in 2011.

He was one of two keynote speakers at the first international symposium on homiletics held at Heidelberg University. In the classroom, he draws both on the church’s long tradition as well as the experience of contemporary preachers as resources for parish ministry.

In 2000, he inaugurated Duke Divinity School’s first chair in preaching. Lischer has preached all over the world, most notably at the Washington National Cathedral, and regularly at Duke University Chapel.

He is a former president of the Academy of Homiletics and the recipient of the Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award.


Although both a pastor and an academic, it is Lischer’s recent memoir work that has received the most public attention. His first memoir is the story of his early ministry, Open Secrets: A Memoir of Faith and Discovery, and is set in middle-America in the early 1970s.

It evokes the hidden dramas in a small country church and traces the painful learning curve of its inexperienced minister. Following the book’s publication in 2001, Lischer began a program of research and teaching in a spiritual autobiography that has increasingly occupied the latter phases of his career.

A second memoir, Stations of the Heart: Parting with a Son, commemorates his son, Adam, who died of cancer in 2005, for which Lischer received attention in the national and regional press.


Lischer has published more than a dozen books, including The Company of Preachers: Wisdom on Preaching from Augustine to the Present, which was awarded “Best Book in Ministry/Leadership” by Christianity Today.

He is also regularly published in The Christian Century and his essays and opinion pieces have appeared in the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Sydney Morning Herald, the Raleigh News and Observer, and the Durham (NC) Herald.

What is Richard Lischer Age?

He was born on November 12, 1943, St. Louis, MO

Who’re Richard Lischer Family Members?

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Who’re Richard Lischer Children?

They have a daughter, Sarah, who teaches political science at Wake Forest University, and three grandchildren.

Who’s Richard Lischer Wife?

He is currently married to Tracy Kenyon Lischer, a lawyer in Durham, North Carolina.

What is Richard Lischer Net Worth 2020?

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