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Wake Forest professor elected to lead national liturgical organization

February 26, 2009

Jill Crainshaw, academic dean and associate professor of ministry studies at the Wake Forest University School of Divinity, has been elected vice president of the North American Academy of Liturgy (NAAL).  The organization promotes collaborative research benefitting members’ academic institutions, denominational constituencies, and congregations.

Crainshaw has been a member of the NAAL for 12 years.  She previously served on the academy’s executive committee as “delegate for seminars.”   She will deliver the keynote address and assume the presidency of the organization at the annual meeting in Milwaukee in January 2010.

Crainshaw is a graduate of Wake Forest and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.  She earned her doctorate in homiletics and liturgical theology from Union Theological Seminary/Presbyterian School of Christian Education and was ordained to ministry in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in 1987.  Crainshaw’s research interests include liturgical theology, the theory and practice of preaching, vocational formation for ministry and feminist perspectives on church leadership.  She is the author of two books, “Wise and Discerning Hearts:  An Introduction to a Wisdom Liturgical Theology” and “Keep the Call:  Leading the Congregation without Losing Your Soul.”  A new book titled “Wisdom’s Dwelling Place:  Seeking a Wisdom Liturgical Spirituality” is scheduled for release in the summer of 2009.

NAAL is an ecumenical and inter-religious association of liturgical scholars who collaborate in research concerning public worship.  Its members include specialists in liturgical studies, theologians, artists and musicians whose work affects liturgical expression and furthers liturgical understanding.  For more information about the organization, visit

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