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.
“Mastering Servant-hood,” New Hope Wesleyan Church Volunteer Appreciation Banquet, Columbia City, IN (April, 2015).
“The Magnificent Seven: Effective but Overlooked Tools for the Pastor’s Formation,” Made New Pastor Care Retreat, Marion, IN and Chambers, NY (Spring, 2015).
“We are Tested,” The Wesleyan Church Gathering, Orlando, Florida (January 2015).
“Healthy Habits for the Pastoral Family,” Pastor’s Spouse Connection, Marion, Indiana (November 2014).
“The Healthy and Growing Preacher,” Renovate Conference, Orlando, Florida (October 2014).
“What Makes a Good Sermon Good,” Renovate Conference, Orlando, Florida (October 2014).
“The Spiritually-Shaped Shepherd,” Festival on Spiritual Formation, Marion, Indiana (May 2014).
“Transformational Character, Content and Connection,” Festival on Preaching, Sussex, Canada (April 2014).
“Healthiness is Next to Holiness,” The Wesleyan Church New Pastors Orientation, Fishers, IN (November, 2013).
“Soul Preaching Practices,” 6:15 World Changers Event for Interdenominational Gathering of Pastors and Lay Leaders, Indianapolis, IN (November, 2013).
“An Incarnational Model for Preaching as a Spiritual Discipline,” The Evangelical Homiletics Society Conference, La Mirada, CA (October, 2013).
“A Teacher is a Detour Sign,” Indiana Wesleyan University Celebrate Teaching Conference, Marion, IN (September, 2013).
“The Art of Connecting with Listeners,” Festival on Preaching, Marion, IN (May, 2012).
“Preaching So the Eyes See What the Ears Hear,” World-Changers Event for Inter-Denominational Gathering of Pastors, Indianapolis, IN (October, 2012).
"The Trajectory of Preaching and Leading in the 21st Century American Church," Iowa-Minnesota District of The Wesleyan Church, Cedar Rapids, IA (July 2012).
"A Process for Birthing Sermons Today," Chesapeake District of The Wesleyan Church, La Plata, MD (May, 2012).
"The Stuff I Wish I Knew Before I Started Preaching," West Michigan District of The Wesleyan Church, Kentwood, MI (April, 2012).
"Biblical and Contextual Exegesis for the Sermon," Illinois District of The Wesleyan Church, Urbana, IL (March, 2012).
"A Process for Birthing Sermons Today," Atlantic District of The Wesleyan Church, Sussex, NB Canada (November, 2011).
"Five Tips for Birthing Sermons Today," Pastor's Day at Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, IN (March, 2011).
"Principles and Practices of Wesleyan-Methodist Preaching," The African Methodist Episcopal Church, Indianapolis, IN (February, 2011).
"Developing a Missional Church Culture," First Wesleyan Church, Brooklyn, NY (April, 2010).
"Preaching as a Spiritual Discipline," Penn-Jersey District Conference, Lewisburg, PA (June, 2009).
"The Trajectory of Evangelism, Leadership, and Preaching in the 21st Century American Church, Penn-Jersey District Conference, Lewisburg, PA (June, 2007).
Mind Mapping (Leadership Journal, Summer 2014)
A Good Exit Strategy (Leadership Journal, Summer 2014)
Connecting with More Listeners (Preaching Magazine, June 2014)
Preaching, a Spiritual Discipline?(Leadership Journal, July 2014)
Practice What You Preach(Leadership Journal, June 2014)
NUCLEUS Sermon Series: The Trinity (Spiritual Formation Dept., The Wesleyan Church, Fall 2011).
NUCLEUS Sermon Series: Scripture and Humankind (Spiritual Formation Dept., The Wesleyan Church, Fall 2010).
SPRING LIFE Sermon Series (Spiritual Formation Dept., The Wesleyan Church, Spring 2010).