At the crossroads of theological formation, service, and scholarship
Sunggu Yang

Sunggu Yang, PhD

Assistant Professor of Christian Ministries


Office: Hoover 234

PhD, Vanderbilt University
STM, Yale Divinity School
MDiv, Emory University
BA, Yonsei University

Teaching and Research Interests:  Homiletics, theological aesthetics, multicultural and emerging worship, arts and preaching, Christian formation, Asian American Christianity, theologies in the 21st century

Sunggu Yang has joined the College of Christian Studies as an assistant professor of Christian Ministries. For the past two years he has served as the Louisville Institute’s Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow at Wake Forest University School of Divinity, where he taught courses ranging from homiletics and worship to prophetic ministry and “Film & Preaching: The Gospel According to Hollywood.” 

Since 2014, he has served as founder and general editor of  The Journal of Asian American Theological Forum (  He was also managing editor of  The Journal of Homiletic  (2011-15) and is the author of one book,  Evangelical Pilgrims from the East: Faith Fundamentals of Korean American Protestant Diasporas  (2016), and two books that are in progress,  The New  Art of Preaching: An Aesthetic Homiletic for the 21st Century and  Sacred Waters: Pastoral Essays for Aspiring Preachers. His peer-reviewed articles appear in  Theology TodayHTS Teologiese StudiesJournal for Preachers, and  E ncyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception .

Sunggu, ordained by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), has preached at various venues around the nation. He holds a PhD in religion from Vanderbilt University (2014), a master’s degree in liturgical studies from Yale Divinity School (2010), an MDiv from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University (2009), and a bachelor’s degree in theology from the College of Theology at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea. He lives in Sherwood with his wife, Rebecca Jeong, and their daughter, Stella. 

Recent works: 

Book Chapters

  • “A Three-Fold Homiletic Lesson from Dr. King’s Pastoral and Prophetic Preaching on Violence,” Festschrift for Dale P. Andrews, Ron Allen et al. eds. (Forthcoming, 2018)
  • “The Promised Land: A Postcolonial Homiletic of Promise in the Asian American Context,” Homiletic Theology Project, vol. 3, David Jacobsen ed. (Cascade, 2018, Forthcoming)

Peer-Reviewed Articles

  • “Homiletical Aesthetics: A Paradigmatic Proposal for Holistic Experience of Preaching,”  Theology Today,  vol. 73 no. 4 (2017): 364-377
  • “An Other-Typological Illustration of the Exodus Story according to Dr. King’s Perception of Universal Reconciliation in His Sermon on Exodus 14:30HTS: Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies  vol. 72 no. 2 (2016): 1-7
  • “The  Abrahamic Pilgrimage Story in Sermons: An Ontological-Narrative Foundation of Asian American Life in Faith ,”  Theology Today vol. 73 no. 1 (2016): 24-35

Academic Affiliations 

  • Full Membership of North American Academy of Liturgy (NAAL)
  • The Academy of Homiletics (AOH)
  • American Academy of Religion (AAR)
  • The Association for Theopoetics Research and Exploration (ATRE)