Doctor of Philosophy
Princeton Theological Seminary

Master of Divinity
Princeton Theological Seminary

Master of Arts
Princeton Theological Seminary

Bachelor of Arts
Trinity Lutheran College

Samantha Gilmore

Assistant Professor of Homiletics

Faculty Biography

Samantha is the Assistant Professor of Homiletics at Wartburg Theological Seminary. She previously taught homiletics at the General Theological Seminary (New York, NY) and speech communication in ministry at Princeton Theological Seminary (Princeton, NJ). She holds a Ph.D. in Practical Theology focusing on Homiletics, an M.Div., and an M.A. in Christian Education focusing on Spirituality and Missional Formation from Princeton Theological Seminary.

As a Designated Linklater Teacher (a certification in an internationally recognized embodied voice method), Samantha taught voice and speech at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, and the Tom Todoroff Studio (New York, NY). She is building upon this expertise and serving as the Convener of the Performance Studies Workgroup of the Academy of Homiletics to help preachers find their voices for embodied proclamation that corresponds to the freedom and abundance of the gospel.

In her spare time, Samantha enjoys the sounds and smells of rain, running, cooking and eating new (vegan) recipes, scouting out the best coffee shops in town, and taking lazy walks with her husband Lance and their dog Driscoll.

The Preaching Body

Preaching and Spiritual Formation

Spiritual Practices

Preaching on the Boundaries of the Church

Integrative Capstone Seminar

Text to Sermon/Preaching Helps

“From a Scholar: Lectionary 22; Lectionary 23; Holy Cross Day; Lectionary 24.” Sundays and Seasons: Preaching 2025. Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress. (forthcoming)

“Between Text and Sermon: John 10:1-10.” Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology, 77.4 (2023). (forthcoming)

“Preaching Helps: Fifth Sunday After Pentecost; Sixth Sunday After Pentecost” Currents in Theology and Mission, 50.2 (2023).

“Preaching Helps: Fourth Sunday After Epiphany; Fifth Sunday After Epiphany” Currents in Theology and Mission, 50.1 (2023).

Book Reviews

“Fractured Ground: Preaching in the Wake of Mass Trauma” by Kimberly R. Wagner Currents in Theology and Mission, 50.4 (2023) (forthcoming)

“Preaching and Praying as Though God Matters in the Post-establishment Church” by Ronald P. Byars Currents in Theology and Mission, 50.4 (2023) (forthcoming)

“Stand-Up Preaching: Homiletical Insights from Contemporary Comedians” by Jacob D. Myers Homiletic, 48.2 (2023)

“Arts and Preaching: An Aesthetic Homiletic for the Twenty-First Century” by Sunggu A. Yang Homiletic, 47.1 (2022)

“Stirring Waters: Feminist Liturgies for Justice” by Diann L. Neu Homiletic, 45.2 (2020)

“Lift Up Your Heads: Nonverbal Communication and Related Body Imagery in the Bible” by John A. Davies Homiletic, 45.1 (2020)

Embodied preaching

Preaching and vulnerability

Preaching and spiritual formation

The Linklater Voice Method