Founder’s Week Speaker: Donald Sunukjian

by Melissa Zaldivar, sports editor

Donald Sunukjian is the professor of Christian ministry and leadership and the chair of homiletics at Talbot School of Theology in La Mirada, California.

Sunukjian is a passionate preacher, pastor and teacher. He has been a senior pastor for 14 years and has taught at Talbot since 1996. He is a founding member of the Evangelical Homiletics Society, and one of the founding members of the Academy of Homiletics and Religious Communication Association.

photo courtesy Don Sunukijan

He wrote “Invitation to Biblical Preaching: Proclaiming Truth with Clarity and Relevance,” which won the annual preaching book award for www.preachingtoday.com in 2007. Sunukjian has contributed to other books, such as, “The Art and Craft of Biblical Preaching: A Comprehensive Resource for Today’s Communicators,” “Preaching to a Shifting Culture: 12 Perspectives on Communicating that Connects,” “The Big Idea of Biblical Preaching: Connecting the Bible to People” and “Bible Knowledge Commentary Old Testament: An Exposition of the Scriptures.”

Sunukjian holds a Ph.D. from University of California, Los Angeles where his dissertation was titled, “The Rhetorical Theory of Expository Preaching;” a Th.D. from Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS), where his dissertation was titled “Patterns for Preaching: A Rhetorical Analysis of the Sermons of Paul in Acts 13, 17 and 20;” and a Th.M. from DTS with his thesis titled “The Hamartiology of Hosea.” At DTS, he was awarded the faculty award as the student who best represents the ideals of the seminary.

Sunukjian will speak during Founder’s Week on Thursday, Feb. 9 at 7:15 p.m.

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