Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

Angela Dienhart Hancock

Assistant Professor of Homiletics and Worship
Year Started at PTS: 2012

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  • Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary / Homiletics, 2011
  • M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary, 1996 
  • B.M., Indiana University, Bloomington / Music, 1988


The Rev. Dr. Angela Dienhart Hancock serves as assistant professor of homiletics and worship. Before coming to Pittsburgh Seminary, Hancock taught at Princeton Theological Seminary, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, and the Lutheran Seminary at Gettysburg. She is an ordained Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and has served as pastor to churches in Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and Tennessee. Hancock earned her bachelor’s in music from Indiana University, Bloomington and an M.Div. and Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary, where she won prizes in preaching and church music. She is the author of Karl Barth’s Emergency Homiletic, 1932-33: A Summons to Prophetic Witness at the Dawn of the Third Reich, a contextual interpretation of Swiss theologian Karl Barth’s lectures on preaching in the early 1930s based on unpublished archival material. Hancock’s next project extends her work on Karl Barth to the North American context, tentatively titled, “Preaching in Tongues: Postliberalism, Politics, and the Rhetoric of the North American Pulpit.” Her scholarly interests include systematic theology, homiletics, liturgical theology, rhetoric, history, and philosophical hermeneutics. Hancock continues to preach, teach, and lead worship in a variety of ecclesiastical settings. She is married to PC(USA) pastor Trent Hancock, and is mother of two.

Church Associations

Ordination: PC(USA), 1996 as Minister of Word and Sacrament

Professional Competencies

Areas of Expertise

  • Systematic Theology
  • Homiletics
  • Liturgical Theology
  • Rhetoric
  • Performance Theory
  • History
  • Philosophical Hermeneutics 


  • 2007: The Samuel Robinson Prize, Princeton Theological Seminary
  • 2003-2007: Doctoral Fellowship, Princeton Theological Seminary
  • 1998: First Place, the Pulpit Digest Preaching Awards
  • 1996: The Mary Long Greir-Hugh Davies Prize in Preaching, Princeton Theological Seminary
  • 1996: The David Allan Weadon Prize in Sacred Music, Princeton Theological Seminary

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