The Rev. Dr. Lisa Cressman, founding steward of Backstory Preaching, is priest, preacher, author, speaker and mentor.

The vision for Backstory Preaching woke the Lisa in the middle of the night, and she’s been trying to keep up with the Holy Spirit ever since. She is Backstory Preaching’s Founding Steward, sharing insights from more than 25 years as an Episcopal priest, preacher, spiritual director, and retreat leader.

She is the author of The Gospel People Don’t Want to Hear: Preaching Challenging Messages (Working Preacher Books, 2020)Backstory Preaching: Integrating Life, Spirituality, and Craft (The Liturgical Press: Collegeville, 2018), and Craft an Effective Sermon by Friday, a guest preacher, preaching instructor, and keynote speaker. Lisa is a Certified Daring Way® Facilitator, holds a BS in Nursing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an M.Div. from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, CA., and a D.Min. in Practical Theology from Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Her hope for you is simple but profound: that you will preach with your whole life.

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