Michael Pasquarello, III, Ph.D. (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

Lloyd John Olglivie Professor of Preaching, School of Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary

Dr. Pasquarello began his professional career as a commissioned officer in the United States Marine Corps before moving out of military life to answer the call to pastoral ministry. After attending Fuller Theological Seminary and Duke Divinity School, he was ordained in the United Methodist Church, serving as a pastor for 18 years in North Carolina with congregations in urban, suburban, and small town settings. He completed his Ph.D. while serving in pastoral ministry, focusing on the history of preaching in relation to biblical interpretation, doctrine, worship, and the spiritual and moral life. He understands his work as a professor of preaching as contributing to the ongoing conversation between theological education and the church for the sake of God’s mission in the world. 

While at Asbury Seminary he taught classes in the theology and practice of preaching, worship, and sacramental theology, as well as the theology of St. Augustine, the history of preaching, and the history of biblical interpretation. He also taught and mentored students in the Doctor of Ministry program. He was a member of Asbury Seminary’s Center for the Study of Christian Revitalization Movements and was editor of the Center’s newsletter, “Revitalization.” From 2007 to 2010, he directed a John Templeton Foundation grant “Science for Ministry,” which hosted three yearly conferences oriented toward assisting pastors to understand better how to address matters related to faith and science in ministry. 

Pasquarello’s recent research has included contributing to a consultation on Homiletic Theology at the Academy of Homiletics and a book manuscript for Eerdmans that seeks to envision preaching from the perspective provided by theological aesthetics, The Beauty of Preaching. His current research—for the forthcoming book Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Homiletic Theologian—focuses on Dietrich Bonhoeffer, with particular emphasis on Bonhoeffer as a theologian who was deeply committed to the practice of preaching and the education and formation of preachers.

Mike and his wife, Patti, who is a nurse educator, have four grown children and an enthusiastic Boston terrier named Bella. Mike is an avid sports fan and an extremely loyal Duke Blue Devil.

Select Publications

Forthcoming: Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Homiletic Theologian

God's Ploughman: Hugh Latimer a "Preaching Life" (1485-1555) (Authentic Media, 2014).

Christian Preaching: A Trinitarian Theology of Proclamation (Wipf & Stock, 2011).

John Wesley: A Preaching Life (Abingdon, 2010).

We Speak because We have First Been Spoken to: A 'Grammar' of the Preaching Life (Eerdmans, 2009).

'"On the Trinity" John Wesley: Homeletical Theologian', The Asbury Journal 61/2 (2006), 97-107.

Sacred Rhetoric: Preaching as Theological and Pastoral Practice (Eerdmans, 2005).

Narrative Reading, Narrative Preaching: Reuniting New Testament Interpretation and Proclamation, edited with Joel B. Green (Baker, 2003).

Research Supervision

Past Supervision: Jim Coleman