Preacher | Teacher | Writer

Reverend Dr. William H. Willimon

Professor of the Practice of Christian Ministry, Duke Divinity School.

Dean of the Chapel at Duke University (’84-’04)

Bishop of the North Alabama Conference of The United Methodist Church (’04-’08)

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Read about Will’s many books and other publications, including the newly released Aging.


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The Latest from Will’s Blog

Beecher Lecture Series (Fall 2021)

Below are each of the three Beecher Lectures given at Yale Divinity School this fall. I hope you’ll find these lectures helpful as you continue in the ministry into which God has called you. Thanks to those who were able to tune in!

The Importance of Preaching

On the outset of the Beecher Lectures, here’s a video I did as a part of the Bishop’s Institute for Ministry & Leadership in partnership with the Episcopal Diocese of Florida. It’s one of ten videos in a series called “Preachers on Preaching.” Enjoy!

A Cruciform Message from Mark’s Gospel

“The cross is what you get for walking with Jesus.” As you prepare for worship this week, I hope you’ll find this sermon helpful. Here’s a link to a few other sermons, headlined by my friend Jason Micheli.

“I feared boredom more than heresy. They said nasty things about Jesus. Nobody ever said he was dull.”

Will Willimon, Accidental preacher

One of Will’s most recent publications, a memoir entitled Accidental Preacher, recounts, with characteristic wit and humor, moments from his rich vocational life.

Beginning with his childhood in a segregated South, Will moves through story after story of a life spent responding to God’s constant call.