Raewynne Whiteley

"I am passionate about helping people make connections between God’s world and ours, between God’s word and our lives."

Raewynne is Deputy Director of Discipleship and Lay Ministry in the Diocese of Southwark, where her work focusses on the development of a wide range of lay ministries in the diocese, and the discernment, selection, and training of candidates; she was previously the Vocations Missioner, working with those exploring both lay and ordained vocations.  She serves as an Area Director of Ordinands, and assists in a parish as well as preaching throughout the diocese.

Raewynne grew up in Australia, where she completed degrees in Psychology and Women’s Studies, before training for ordained ministry.   After her curacies, she moved to the US to complete a PhD in Practical Theology (Homiletics) at Princeton Theological Seminary, writing on the relationship between word and sacrament in the English Reformation.  She then spent 15 years in parish ministry in New Jersey and Long Island (New York), and has taught homiletics and theology in diocesan theological education programs, as well as serving as Canon Theologian of the Diocese of Long Island. She is a member of the Academy of Homiletics, where for many years she convened the history working group.  She also worked with the Australian Consulate in New York following 9/11

Raewynne is also a certified ski instructor, enjoys reading, knitting, and riding her magic electric bicycle.  She is a proud godmother of 5, delights in spending time with her nephew and niece in Norfolk, and is owned by her small grey cat, Abelard.


Steeped in the Holy: Preaching as Spiritual Practice, Lanham, Md.: Cowley Publications, 2008.

Get Up Off Your Knees: Preaching the U2 Catalog, edited with Beth Maynard. Cambridge, Mass.: Cowley Press, 2003.

“Church in Public Space,” in Wonderfully and Confessedly Strange : Australian Essays in Anglican Ecclesiology, ed. Bruce Kaye (ATF Press, 2006).

Contributions to Feasting on the Word: Preaching the Revised Common Lectionary, Year C, Volume 1, ed. David Bartlett and Barbara Brown Taylor, Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press.

“Preaching Trouble,” The Reader 101, no.4 (Winter, 2004): 5-6.

“Cyber-Preaching,” Church Times (UK), 17 September, 2004.

Lectures, talks and conference papers

Keynote Theological Reflection, “The Episcopal Branch of the Jesus Movement: What does it mean to be a Missionary?” Gathering of Leaders, Seattle,WA, August 2017.

“The future of the past: An invitation to explore online resources for the history of preaching,” Annual Meeting of the Academy of Homiletics, Austin, TX, 2011.

“‘One half of his great office and employment’: The call to preach in bishops’ instructions to clergy in the post-restoration Church of England,” Annual Meeting of the Academy of Homiletics, Atlanta, GA, 2010.

“Complicit: Preaching on violence when you’re involved in it,” Annual Meeting of the Academy of Homiletics, Boston, MA, 2008.

“’Love would heal us, if we would be healed’: Joseph Glanvill on preaching to a divided church,” Annual Meeting of the Academy of Homiletics, Minneapolis, MN, 2007.

“Learning from History: a homiletical approach to a divided church,” Annual Meeting of the Academy of Homiletics, West Palm Beach, FL, December 2006.

“Food for the Soul: Word and Sacrament in the Preaching of Hugh Latimer,” Annual Meeting of the Academy of Homiletics, Williamsburg, VA, December 2005.

“Should deacons preach? Reclaiming a prophetic understanding of diaconal ministry in the Anglican Communion,” Annual Meeting of the Academy of Homiletics, Memphis, TN, December 2004.

“Woo Me, Sister; Move Me, Brother! What Does Pop Culture Have To Do With Preaching?”

Barry Marshall Memorial Lecture, Trinity College Theological School, http://www.trinity.unimelb.edu.au/theology/sermon.shtml, May 2004.

“Where do you get your inspiration? Intertextuality, liturgy, and the formation of a preacher.” In Annual Meeting of the Academy of Homiletics, Claremont, CA: Academy of Homiletics, 2003.

“Voices of a Generation: Xers Preaching.” In Annual Meeting of the Academy of Homiletics. St Louis, MO: Academy of Homiletics, 2001.