Lenny Luchetti

Professor of Proclamation and Christian Ministry

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D.Min.; M.Div.




Wesley Seminary



 Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Lenny Luchetti presently serves as Professor of Proclamation and Christian Ministry at Wesley Seminary of Indiana Wesleyan University. He is responsible primarily for the development and teaching of the preaching courses the seminary offers. He is the author of Preaching Essentials: A Practical Guide (2012), which has been honored by Outreach Magazine and Preaching Magazine as one of the best books on preaching in its publication year, and Preaching with Empathy: Crafting Sermons in a Callous Culture (2018).

Ministerial and Professional Background 

Lenny's pastoral ministry began when he was a senior in college and it continued in a variety of locations and positions before he joined the faculty at Wesley Seminary. Lenny has served as the solo pastor of a small rural congregation, as the assistant pastor of a large church in a college town, and as the lead pastor of a small church that had a significant turnaround and grew into a large multi-ethnic, inter-generational, economically-diverse, and community-involved church during his tenure.

In addition to pastoring local churches, Lenny has enjoyed opportunities to preach at camps, colleges, and churches throughout the United States, as well as in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and Romania. Lenny teaches courses and leads seminars for ministers on the topics of preaching, leadership, and spiritual formation.

Personal Information

Lenny has been married to Amy, his partner in life and ministry, since June 13, 1998. They enjoy life and laugh often with their children, Zach, Lia, and Sam. His hobbies include fly-fishing, racquetball, and running.


The Wesleyan Church, 1997, Penn-Jersey District


B.A., Religion, Houghton College
M.Div., Asbury Theological Seminary
D.Min., Asbury Theological Seminary, Dissertation: “A Journey in Preaching as a Spiritual Discipline”

Awards and Honors

  • Excellence in Biblical Studies Award – Asbury Theological Seminary
  • Wilbur Dayton Scholarship – Wesley Seminary Foundation
  • International Society of Theta Phi – Asbury Theological Seminary
  • Beeson Pastor D.Min.Scholarship – Asbury Theological Seminary





  • 2020 Preaching with Empathy, Salvation Army Officers Retreat, Grand Rapids, MI
  • 2019 Mysterious Ministry Gifts, College Day, The Wesleyan Church Headquarters, Fishers, IN
  • 2019 Missional Empathy, Mission Life Podcast Interview
  • 2019 Living and Preaching from the Soul, Salvation Army Officers Retreat, Washburn, IL
  • 2019 Racism: What’s Really at Stake, Lead Panel Discussion for Day of Courageous Conversations at Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, IN
  • 2018 The Not So Odd Couple: Common Threads in the Empathic Preaching of John Wesley and Martin Luther King Jr., Academy of Homiletics, Denver, CO
  • 2018 Preaching with Empathy in a Callous Culture: How Social Science and Neurology Inform Practical Theology, Faculty Scholarship Symposium, Marion, IN
  • 2018 Preaching with Empathy, Reclaimed Leader Podcast Interview
  • 2018 The Missing Link: Preaching with Empathy, Michigan District Nazarene Pastors Retreat, Indian Lake, MI
  • 2017 Preaching with Empathy in an Age of Apathy, Festival on Preaching, Marion, IN
  • 2017 Communicating to Connect with a Diversity of Listeners, Wesley Seminary 6:15 Event, Indianapolis, IN
  • 2017 Vibrant: Soul Renewal for Clergy, Salvation Army Officers Retreat, Grand Rapids, MI
  • 2016 Vibrant: Soul Renewal for Clergy, Carolina Pastors Gathering, Myrtle Beach, NC
  • 2016 Rock N’ Soul, Huddle Training Event for Indiana Central and Indiana North Districts of the Wesleyan Church, Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, IN
  • 2016 A Homiletic New Birth: How Empathy Drove John Wesley to the Fields, Wesleyan Theological Society, Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego, CA
  • 2015 The Healthy Pastoral Family, New Pastors Orientation for the Wesleyan Church, Fishers, IN
  • 2015 The Magnificent Seven: Effective but Overlooked Tools for the Pastor’s Formation, Made New Pastor Care Retreat for The Wesleyan Church, Chambers, NY
  • 2015 We are Tested, The Wesleyan Church Gathering, Orlando, FL
  • 2014 Facedown Frustration Fosters Formation, Renovate Conference, Orlando, FL
  • 2014 The Healthy and Growing Preacher, Renovate Conference, Orlando, FL
  • 2014 What Makes a Good Sermon Good?, Renovate Conference, Orlando, FL
  • 2014 The Spiritually-Shaped Shepherd, Festival on Spiritual Formation, Marion, IN
  • 2014 The Content of the Preaching, Festival on Preaching, New Brunswick, Canada
  • 2014 The Character of the Preacher, Festival on Preaching, New Brunswick, Canada
  • 2014 The Context of the Preaching, Festival on Preaching, New Brunswick, Canada
  • 2013 An Incarnational Model for Preaching as a Spiritual Discipline, The Evangelical Homiletics Society Conference, La Mirada, CA (9 of 36 paper proposals accepted).
  • 2012 A Process for Birthing Sermons Today, West Michigan District of the Wesleyan Church, Kentwood, MI


  • DMin - Doctorate of Ministry
    2010, Asbury Theological Seminary
    "A Journey in Preaching as a Spiritual Discipline”
  • MDiv - Masters of Divinity
    2003, Asbury Theological Seminary
  • BA - Religion
    1996, Houghton College
Indiana Wesleyan University
4201 S. Washington St.
Marion, IN 46953