Rev. Dave Ward


Rev. Dave Ward headshot

Ph.D.; M.Div.





 Curriculum Vitae


Dave Ward is an experienced preacher who has preached 35-75 sermons a year since 2000. Dr. Ward has served as a local church pastor, itinerant preacher, preaching coach, homiletics professor, and academic administrator. He believes his most significant ministry is with his family which includes his wife, Holly, and three children: Ella, Zoe, and Dawson. His students love his teaching style and describe it this way:

  • "Dave Ward is an excellent person and professor. I am happy that he taught the class and am a better man today because of it."
  • "Fabulous! Perhaps my favorite course thus far!"
  • "Dave is great because he is genuine. The rest of it just flows from him being himself. The subject matter can be daunting and overwhelming but he works through it with us rather than above us. Always provides great insights."
  • "I am thankful to have had such a supportive, encouraging, and inspiring professor who approached our class as a fellow learner as well as a friend who wanted to share his love of preaching, of God, and of people with us. He taught with depth, passion, and sincerity, and he truly cared about the students and the subject matter."


"Our Lives as Well: Teaching Preaching as a Formative Christian Practice" Ph.D. Dissertation, 2012

Ask to Listen Study Guide. Indianapolis, IN: Wesleyan Publishing House, 2011.

Editor of The Wesleyan Church's website for preaching

Convener for the Pedagogy group, Academy of Homiletics

Current Research Interests: Christian practices, spiritual formation, effects of social media on preaching to youth, women in ministry, Ricouer's phenomenological hermeneutic as a resource for creative preaching, practical theology, new forms for preaching, and best practices of current preaching practitioners.

Listen to Dr. Ward preach about women in ministry here: Think: The Church, The Truth & Women in Ministry


  • Ph.D. - Practical Theology
    2012, Princeton Theological Seminary
  • M.Div. - Master of Divinity
    2004, Asbury Theological Seminary
    Summa Cum Laude
  • BS - Christian Ministries
    1999, Indiana Wesleyan University
    Cum Laude
Indiana Wesleyan University
4201 S. Washington St.
Marion, IN 46953