Dr. Joseph Webb

Professor of Communication Studies

Educational History

  • B.A., Lincoln Christian College
  • M.S., University of Illinois
  • M.T.S., Candler School of Theology (Emory University)
  • Ph.D. University of Illinois
  • D.Min., The Claremont School of Theology


Dr. Webb has worked professionally in all aspects of journalism and media, and now has taught all aspects of the profession more than three decades at numerous colleges and universities, including Pepperdine University, California State University (Northridge, San Bernardino), and Southern Illinois University. He has founded and administered media programs at two Christian institutions, Milligan College in east Tennessee and Palm Beach Atlantic University in Florida.

In addition, his academic work has been largely in applying communications to the process of Christian preaching, following five years of teaching homiletics at the Claremont School of Theology. He is the author of seven books on preaching—Preaching and the Challenge of Pluralism (1998, Chalice), Comedy and Preaching (1998, Chalice), Old Texts, New Sermons (2000, Chalice), Preaching Without Notes (2001, Abingdon), Greek for Preachers (2002, Chalice), Preaching for the Contemporary Service (Abingdon, 2006), and Preaching to Postmoderns (2006, Hendrickson). He has been active in the National Academy of Homiletics and has been elected president of the Academy for 2008. He joined the faculty at Gardner-Webb University in 2007.