Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

Angela Dienhart Hancock

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

Contact Info



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


The Rev. Dr. Angela Dienhart Hancock serves as associate professor of homiletics and worship. 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 degree in music from Indiana University, Bloomington, and her 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Reich, a contextual interpretation of Swiss theologian Karl Barth’s lectures on preaching in the early 1930s based on unpublished archival material. Her most recent research project assesses Karl Barth’s potential contribution to the practice and ethos of deliberation in Christian communities in democratic contexts. Hancock’s scholarly interests include systematic theology, homiletics, liturgical theology, rhetoric, history, political theology, and philosophical hermeneutics. Hancock continues to preach, teach, and lead worship in a variety of settings. She is married to PC (U.S.A.) pastor Trent Hancock, and is mother of two.

Church Associations

Ordination: PC(USA), 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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