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
Awards and Honors
Excellence and Biblical Studies Award – Asbury Theological Seminary
Wilbur Dayton Scholarship – Asbury Theological Seminary
Beeson Pastor Scholarship Program – Asbury Theological Seminary
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
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. He
has written sermon series for the Wesleyan Church's Spring Life and
Nucleus spiritual growth campaigns which are each used by nearly
five hundred Wesleyan Churches annually. Lenny also launched
Wesleyansermons.com, a resource designed to encourage, equip, and
empower preaches in the Wesleyan movement.
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. I was so unmotivated to do anything but party
that I dropped out of high school early in my junior year. When my
life hit rock bottom and the parties ended, I experienced
inescapable emptiness, loneliness, and despair.
In my drunken stupor I began to cry out to the God I didn't
know, but hoped was listening. He was! God 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!"
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.
"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,
"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,
"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).
Preaching Essentials: A Practical Guide (Wesleyan Publishing House, May 2012).
Preaching in the Wesleyan-Methodist Tradition (Seedbed, Asbury Theological Seminary, January 2012).
NUCLEUS Sermon Series (Spiritual Formation Dept., The Wesleyan Church, Fall 2011).
NUCLEUS Sermon Series (Spiritual Formation Dept., The Wesleyan Church, Fall 2010).
SPRING LIFE Sermon Series (Spiritual Formation Dept., The Wesleyan Church, Spring 2010).