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Christopher C. Rappazini

Christopher Rappazini

Professor of Applied Theology and Church Ministries
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  • Department:
    Applied Theology and Church Ministries
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  • School:
    Undergraduate in Chicago, Graduate/Seminary in Chicago
  • Position:
  • Start Date:
    August 2011
  • Personal Information:

    Chris is the 2019-2020 President of the Evangelical Homiletics Society and previously served as the Associate Minister of Preaching and Teaching at Southside Christian Church in Spokane, Washington. He has also formerly served as the Interim Lead Pastor at Shiloh Hills Fellowship (Converge) in Spokane, Washington, as well as other various ministry experiences in Florida, Illinois, Missouri, and Massachusetts. His areas of specialization include homiletics, leadership, communication, the millennial generation, and multi-sensory preaching and teaching. He teaches Speech Communication, History of Biblical Preaching, Communication of Biblical Truth, Development and Delivery of Narrative Messages, Evangelistic Messages, Structure and Style in Biblical Preaching, Senior Seminar in Pastoral Ministry, Beginning Golf, Backpacking, and oversees all of the Pastoral Internships.

  • Educational Background:

    BA, Moody Bible Institute
    MDiv, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
    MTh, University of Edinburgh
    PhD, Gonzaga University

  • Publications:

    "Officiating Your First Wedding." In The One Volume Seminary edited by M. Boyle, L. Norris, and K. Rodriguez. (Moody Publishing: Forthcoming).

    "Joshua" in S. Gibson and M. Kim (Ed.) The Big Idea Handbook for Preaching and Teaching (Baker: Forthcoming).

    "Hosea" in S. Gibson and M. Kim (Ed.) The Big Idea Handbook for Preaching and Teaching (Baker: Forthcoming).

    "1 Timothy" in S. Gibson and M. Kim (Ed.) The Big Idea Handbook for Preaching and Teaching (Baker: Forthcoming).

    "2 Timothy" in S. Gibson and M. Kim (Ed.) The Big Idea Handbook for Preaching and Teaching (Baker: Forthcoming).

    "Helping Preachers Preach Titus," Preaching Today. Forthcoming.

    "Helping Preachers Preach James," Preaching Today. Forthcoming.

    "The Value of Feedback." In Training Preachers: A Guide to Teaching Homiletics, edited by S. Gibson. Bellingham: Lexham Press, 2019.

    "On Preaching the Trinity: A Call to Preach." Theology Magazine, January, 2019.

    "Mentoring Millennials and Other Young Whippersnappers." In No Program but Time, No Book but the Bible, edited by M. Kim. Eugene: Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2018.

    "Great People Build Great Preachers." The Journal of the Evangelical Homiletics Society 17, no. 2 (November 2017).

    General Editor of God's Greatest Gift: An Advent Devotional from MBI – Faculty and Staff (November, 2017).

    "Begin with the End in Mind." Preaching Today. January 2017.

    "Pause and Turn Your Gratefulness into Thankfulness." Preaching Today. September 2016.

    Contributor of "Preaching Assessment Test." Preaching Today. August 2016.

    "Church Policies and Procedures: Common-Sense Guides for Administering Churches in a Complex World" Crown Management: July, 2020.

    "Be Evangelical and Evangelistic,” The Journal of the Evangelical Homiletics Society. 21:1 (April, 2021). 


    "Praise and Worship," Today in the Word. Chicago: Moody, November 2019.

    "Following by Faith," Today in the Word. Chicago: Moody, January 2020.

    "Courage for the Quest: A Study in Joshua," Today in the Word. Chicago: Moody, July 2020.

    "A New Start," Today in the Word. Chicago: Moody, January 2021.

    "Powerful Prayers," Today in the Word. Chicago: Moody, April 2021.

  • Professional / Personal Interests:

    ​Chris enjoys listening to sermons, preaching, playing and watching sports, backpacking and camping, and watching movies. He is a regular contributor to Today in the Word.