Thomas G. Rogers

  • Professor of Homiletics
  • GTU Core Doctoral Faculty
  • (510) 559-2722

The preacher’s chief task is not just to get something said, but to get something heard. The first step toward this happening is for the preacher to have genuinely heard the Word her/himself. I suppose this is why, when people ask me what I consider to be the primary goal of preaching, I frequently say, “It is to hand on an experience of God as it is in Jesus Christ. ” I’m assuming people cannot “hand on an experience” if they have not first had that experience themselves. Such an approach to preaching results in a bit of a surprise for some regarding what it means to study homiletics. While honing skills to design and deliver effective sermons is immensely important, sometimes the longer and more difficult part of the preaching task is simply learning how to listen well.


BA, Concordia Sr. College; MDiv, Wartburg Theological Seminary; Graduate Study in Rhetoric and Public Address, University of Southern California; MA in Rhetoric and Communication, University of California, Davis; PhD in Homiletics, Graduate Theological Union

Brief Professional History

Pastorates (thirteen years) in southern and northern California. PLTS, 1992–

Select Special Service


  • Member, Doctoral Faculty
  • Area Convener, Homiletics
  • Member, Doctoral Council
  • Member, Appointments and Review Committee


  • Coordinator, PLTS Self-Study and ATS Accreditation
  • Chair, PLTS Self-Study Academic Committee
  • Chair, PLTS Faculty Academic Committee
  • Chair, PLTS Search Committee for Old Testament Faculty Position
  • Member, PLTS Board Long Range Planning Committee
  • Member, Western Mission Cluster TEEM Committee


  • Member: Multi-Synodical Candidacy Committee
  • Rostered Clergy Member: Alaska Synod

Select Publications

  • Preaching to Every Pew: Cross-cultural Strategies (Fortress) Co-author
  • Turning Ink Into Blood: Training for Those Who Read Scripture in Worship (Seraphim)
  • Push Up the Sky (Musical Drama) (GTU) Co-author
  • What and How of North American Lutheran Preaching,” from Dialog: A Journal of Theology, Vol. 43:4 Winter 2004 pp 263-271.