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William H Willimon

Professor of the Practice of Christian Ministry
Divinity School
Box 90968, Durham, NC 27708-0974
114 Gray Building, Divinity School, Durham, NC 27708


An elder in the United Methodist Church, Professor Willimon served as the dean of Duke Chapel and Professor of Christian Ministry at Duke University for 20 years. He returned to Duke after serving as the UMC Bishop of the North Alabama Conference from 2004 to 2012. Willimon is the author of 60 books. His Worship as Pastoral Care was selected as one of the 10 most useful books for pastors in 1979 by the Academy of Parish Clergy. More than a million copies of his books have been sold. His articles have appeared in many publications including Theology Today, Interpretation, Liturgy, Worship, and Christianity Today. He is editor-at-large for The Christian Century. His book Pastor: the Theology and Practice of Ordained Leadership is used in dozens of seminaries in the United States and Asia. He has taught in Germany and Asia in various seminaries. He also serves as pastor at Duke Memorial UMC in Durham, N.C.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Professor of the Practice of Christian Ministry · 2012 - Present Divinity School
Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program · 2019 - Present Divinity School

Education, Training & Certifications

Emory University · 1973 S.T.D.
Yale University · 1971 M.Div.
Wofford College · 1968 B.A.