B.A. Anderson University, M.Div. Duke University, M.A. Boston College, Th.D., Duke University


Dr. David Stark is assistant professor of homiletics at the School of Theology, University of the South. An ordained elder in the North Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church, he has served both rural and urban congregations. He has also taught as a visiting scholar at Universität Leipzig, Germany, as a teaching fellow for the Styberg Preaching Institute at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, and since 2018 as an instructor in the A.C.T.S. D.Min. in Preaching Program in Chicago. He currently serves as the English language editor-in-chief for the International Journal of Homiletics. He is a member of the Academy of Homiletics and of Societas Homiletica

Research Interests
  • Preaching Old Testament
  • Antiracist Preaching
  • The Rhetoric and Theology of Second Isaiah
  • Preaching that Confronts Confederate Monuments



His dissertation examines the role power has played in Old Testament interpretation and explores alternative approaches from aspects of African American preaching and Jewish-Christian dialogue. 


Parish/Pastoral Ministry

Associate Pastor (2011–2016)
Highland United Methodist Church, Raleigh, North Carolina

Local Pastor in Charge (2007–2011)
Shiloh United Methodist Church, Gibsonville, North Carolina

Ministerial Intern (2000–2001)
Evergreen United Methodist Church, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Moriah United Methodist Church, Greensboro, North Carolina

Kinder Camp Director and Youth Worker (1997–1999)
Anderson Family YMCA, Anderson, Indiana