W. Dow Edgerton

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W. Dow Edgerton

Professor of Ministry Emeritus

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Professor Edgerton is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, in which he served as a local church pastor before coming to teach at CTS in 1983. In addition to teaching, he has served as Dean of Community Life, Director of Field Education, Director of the MA/MDiv Program, and Academic Dean. He is one of the founding faculty of the Association of Chicago Theological Schools Doctor of Ministry in Preaching Program.
Much of Professor Edgerton’s research, writing, and teaching have focused on the work of interpretation, and how the experiences of interpretation – particularly in the processes of preaching and worship – shape our lives as individuals and communities. In recent years he has turned his attention to grief and mourning, the subject of his most recent book, and to the question of forgiveness.


  • B.A., Johns Hopkins University, 1970
  • M.Div., Ph. D., Chicago Theological Seminary, 1976, 1992

Sample Courses:

  • Preaching
  • Poetics of Grief
  • Forgiveness
  • Interpreting the Parables for Preaching and Teaching