Associate Professor of Christian Ministry and Proclamation
Dr. Lenny Luchetti presently serves as Associate Professor of Proclamation and Christian Ministries 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 (May 2012), which has been honored by Outreach Magazine and Preaching Magazine as one of the best books on preaching in 2012-13.
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 for fifteen years 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.
Lenny describes his testimony, "My parents loved me, but did not raise me to love and serve Christ. I grew up in a nominal Italian-Catholic family in South Philadelphia, PA. I was surrounded by the evils of urban life: drugs, alcohol, violence, poverty, and promiscuity. Some of these vices wrapped themselves around my soul and weighed me down. When my life hit rock bottom and the parties ended, I experienced inescapable emptiness, loneliness, and despair.
I cried out to God and he heard my cry and, through a variety of circumstances too detailed to chronicle here, he came to me. Life became worth living. Jesus said, "I have come that you might have life and have it more abundantly" (John 10:10b). Since I entered into a relationship with Christ I have found him to be completely true to this promise. It wasn't too long after I came to know Christ that I sensed a call to partner with him in doing for others what he had done for me. And the rest, as they say, is history or, more appropriately, His Story!"
Awards and Honors
Excellence and Biblical Studies Award – Asbury Theological Seminary
Wilbur Dayton Scholarship – Asbury Theological Seminary
Beeson Pastor D.Min.Scholarship Program – Asbury Theological Seminary
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 on the treadmill.
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” is designed to merge the task of preaching with the spiritual formation of preachers in order to increase their Christian ethos and preaching joy.
2020 KERUX: An Integrative Commentary- 1 and 2 Kings (Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications, March 2020 forthcoming).
2018 ARTISTRY IN PREACHING SERIES: Preaching with Empathy in a Culture of Apathy (Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 2018 forthcoming).
2015 TRUE DEPTH: Moving Beyond Cultural Churchianity (Indianapolis, IN: Wesleyan Publishing House, August 2015).
2012 PREACHING ESSENTIALS: A Practical Guide (Indianapolis, IN: Wesleyan Publishing House, May 2012).
-Outreach Magazine Resources of the Year, Honorable Mention (March/April 2013 issue)
-Preaching Magazine This Year’s Best Books on Preaching (March/April 2013 issue)
2016 “Leadership through Preaching,” in Leadership the Wesleyan Way, Ed. Aaron Perry (Lexington, KY: Emeth Press, July 2016).
2014 Excerpt in Preaching in an Age of Distraction, J. Ellsworth Kalas (Downers Grove, IL: Intervarsity Press, March 2014).
2016 You Can Learn a Lot from a Preacher (Wesleyansermons.com, The Wesleyan Church, Summer)
2015 Transforming Communion (Wesleyan Life Magazine, The Wesleyan Church, Fall)
2015 How a Hollywood Movie can Inform the Church’s Response to Homosexuality (The Wesleyan Church Website, Fall)
2015 How to Bake a Good Sermon (Preaching Today, Christianity Today, Summer)
2015 Connecting with More Listeners (Preaching Today, Christianity Today, Spring)
2014 Mind Mapping (Leadership Journal, Christianity Today, Summer)
2014 A Good Exit Strategy (Leadership Journal, Christianity Today, Summer)
2014 Practice What You Preach (Leadership Journal, Christianity Today, Summer)
2014 Preaching, A Spiritual Discipline? (Leadership Journal, Christianity Today, Summer)
2014 Connecting with More Listeners (Preaching Magazine, May-June)
2014 Develop Healthy Habits Before You Preach (Preaching Today, Christianity Today, Spring)
2014 Reviewing Game Film (Preaching Today, Christianity Today, Winter)
2014 Healthy Pastor, Healthy Church (Leadership Journal, Christianity Today, Winter)
2012 Preaching in the Wesleyan-Methodist Tradition (Seedbed, Asbury Theological Seminary, January)
2012 Dream Church (Wesleyan Life Magazine, The Wesleyan Church, Winter)
2011 NUCLEUS Sermon Series: Scripture and Humankind (Spiritual Formation Dept., The Wesleyan Church, Summer)
-The NUCLEUS Sermon Series was used by approximately 500 Wesleyan churches.
2011 Articles featured on Wesleyansermons.com: The Preaching Preferences of Three Kinds of People, Thoughts on Preaching Another Preacher’s Sermon, The Sermon Planning Retreat, Five Tips for Building Rapport, How Not to Use Humor, How to Use Humor, and With or Without Notes. Wesleyansermons.com receives 800 average weekly visits on average.
2010 NUCLEUS Sermon Series: The Trinity (Spiritual Formation Dept., The Wesleyan Church, Summer)
-The NUCLEUS Sermon Series was used by approximately 500 Wesleyan churches.
2010 SPRINGLIFE Sermon Series (Spiritual Formation Dept., The Wesleyan Church, Spring)
-The SPRINGLIFE Sermon Series are used by approximately 500 Wesleyan churches.
2008 LEADERS LEAD BEST FACEDOWN (Leadership Development Journey Connections, The Wesleyan Church, August)
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 Five Ingredients that Bake a Good Sermon, Ministry Development Program, College Wesleyan Church, Marion, IN
2015 The Healthy Pastoral Family, New Pastors Orientation for the Wesleyan Church, Fishers, IN
2015 Mastering Servant-hood, Volunteer Appreciation Banquet for New Hope Wesleyan Church, Columbia City, IN
2015 The Magnificent Seven: Effective but Overlooked Tools for the Pastor’s Formation, Made New Pastor Care Retreat for The Wesleyan Church, Marion, 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
2015 Preaching from the Soul, The Wesleyan Church Gathering, Orlando, FL
2014 Healthy Habits for the Pastoral Family, Pastor’s Spouse Connection, Marion, IN
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 Communication for the Leader, Level Five Leadership Group, 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 A Process for Birthing Sermons Webinar, Kingswood University, New Brunswick, Canada
2013 Healthiness is Next to Holiness, New Pastors Orientation for The Wesleyan Church, Fishers, IN
2013 Soul Preaching Practices, 6:15 World Changers Event for Interdenominational Gathering of Pastors and Lay Leaders, Indianapolis, IN
2013 An Incarnational Model for Preaching as a Spiritual Discipline, The Evangelical Homiletics Society Conference, La Mirada, CA (9 of 36 paper proposals accepted).
2013 Response to Student Paper- God as the Hero: Grace Focused Preaching in the Wesleyan Holiness Perspective, Graduate Student Theological Seminar, Indianapolis, IN
2013 A Teacher is a Detour Sign, Indiana Wesleyan University Celebrate Teaching Conference, Marion, IN
2013 The Art of Connecting with Listeners, Festival on Preaching, Marion, IN
2012 Preaching So the Eyes See What the Ears Hear, World-Changers Event for Inter-Denominational Gathering of Pastors, Indianapolis, IN
2012 Leading and Preaching Workshop, Iowa-Minnesota District of the Wesleyan Church Family Camp, Cedar Spring, IO
2012 A Process for Birthing Sermons Today, Chesapeake District of the Wesleyan Church, La Plata, MD
2012 A Process for Birthing Sermons Today, West Michigan District of the Wesleyan Church, Kentwood, MI
2012 Exegesis for the Sermon, Illinois District of the Wesleyan Church, Urbana, IL
2011 What I Wish I Knew Before I Started Preaching, Atlantic District of the Wesleyan Church, New Brunswick, Canada
2011 Five Tips for Birthing Sermons Today, Indiana Wesleyan University Pastor’s Day, Marion, IN
2011 What Wesleyan Methodist Preaching Does, Indiana Wesleyan University Pastor’s Enrichment Event, Indianapolis, IN
2011 Developing the Sermon, Indiana Wesleyan University Pastor’s Enrichment Event, Indianapolis, IN
2010 Developing a Culture of Outreach, First Wesleyan Church, Brooklyn, NY
2009 Preaching as a Spiritual Discipline, Penn-Jersey District Conference, Lewisburg, PA
2008 Panel Member for Outreach Forum, Penn-Jersey District Christian Life and Ministry Conference, Allentown, PA
2007 The Trajectory of Evangelism, Leadership, and Preaching in the 21st Century American Church, Penn-Jersey District Conference, Lewisburg, PA
Last updated: 08/15/2016