Affiliate Professor in Homiletics
Ph.D., the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Homiletics)
M.Div., the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Homiletics)
B.A., Carson-Newman College (Religion)
Dr. David Albert Farmer grew up near Knoxville, Tennessee, in Halls Crossroads – 40 minutes from Dolly Parton’s hometown. Similar to Ms. Parton, Dr. Farmer, when given the opportunity, can bounce quickly into a pure southern dialect polished with a twang. He is proud of much of his southern heritage and still enjoys hearing stereotypes of southern preachers, such as the assumption that they all like to eat fried chicken, especially on Sundays.
Named one of 2009’s 14 people of influence in the state of Delaware by Delaware Today magazine, Farmer, pastor of Wilmington’s Silverside Church for 13 years, is the author of four books, the first being And Blessed Is She: Sermons by Women, and more than forty journal articles related to preaching. Some 100 of his sermons have been published in such periodicals as The Ministers Annual Manual. In addition, he has contributed chapters to several books including The Storyteller's Companion to the Bible, Judges - Kings. He was a contributor with Jürgen Moltmann and others to the book, Resurrection and Responsibility: Essays on Scripture, Theology, and Ethics in Honor of Thorwald Lorenzen. Dr. Farmer’s chapter is entitled “Ethos, Compassion, and Human Rights: A Foundation for Homiletical Ethics.” His article, “Preaching and Terrorism,” appeared in the November/December 2010 issue of Clergy Journal.
Farmer edited the international preaching journal, Pulpit Digest, for eighteen years and attracted the attention of religious journalists across the country and in Canada when he, a Caucasian, became the founding editor of The African American Pulpit. (Typical question: “How can a white guy edit sermons by persons of color?” Typical answer: “Joyfully!”) He served a five-year stint as General Editor of an annual volume for a New Interpreter's publication from Abingdon Press entitled The Pastor's Bible Study. He is the proud dad to two young adult sons. Farmer is a dog lover (currently sharing living space with three canines plus his grandcat who came for a “temporary” visit while Farmer’s younger son moved to Oregon two years ago) and a supporter of animal rights. He enjoys jaunts to Broadway theater productions and has most recently been wowed by the performance of Ms. Cicely Tyson in the revival of Horton Foote’s “The Trip to Bountiful.”