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"Trauma threatens to throw into question all that we have known to be true and the ways we have normally navigated the world. Perhaps preachers will find that the familiar tropes, the go-to theological adages, and the well-worn patterns of preaching that have served well thus far no longer hold up or seem to meet the moment..."


Kimberly Wagner


The Rev. Dr. Kimberly Wagner serves as the Assistant Professor of Preaching at Princeton

Theological Seminary. She received a B.S. in Secondary Life Science Education from Miami

University (OH), a M.Div. from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, and her

Ph.D. from the Graduate Division of Religion at Emory University. Though she has served among

the Lutherans and was educated among United Methodists, Dr. Wagner is ordained as a

Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Previous experience on

the pastoral staff of a PCUSA congregation in Virginia helps fuel and inform her present

scholarship and teaching. She is passionate about supporting students’ formation and helping

clergy and communities navigate the realities of an ever-changing world and church. Her

current writing and work focus on preaching and ministry in the midst and wake of trauma,

particularly thinking about collective trauma, the role of the preacher, and the resources of our

Scriptures and faith to respond to these moments. Dr. Wagner’s book, Fractured Ground:

Preaching in the Wake of Mass Trauma (Westminster John Knox Press, 2023), offers guidance

for preaching in the aftermath of communal trauma, including mass violence, natural disasters,

and public health crises.


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Kimberly Wagner
Assistant Professor of Preaching

Princeton Theological Seminary

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