Tracy L. Hartman
Daniel O. Aleshire Professor of Homiletics and Practical Theology & Director of The St. John’s Bible Project
B.A., Carson-Newman College; M.Div., Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond; Ph.D., Union Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School of Christian Education
Professor Hartman was a member of the first class of M. Div. students at BTSR and won the Miller Award for Academic Achievement upon her graduation in 1995. Her graduate work at Union included ground-breaking research into the relationship between parish setting and preaching style for women pastors.
Dr. Hartman teaches preaching and directs the seminary’s Supervised Ministry and Doctor of Ministry programs. She is the author of Letting the Other Speak: Proclaiming the Stories of Biblical Women and co-author of New Proclamation Commentary. She also contributed to the Feasting on the Word and Feasting on the Gospels commentary series.
Dr. Hartman served as preacher and preaching instructor for the First Annual Pastor’s Conference and as preacher and lecturer for the First Annual Lay Women’s Conference at Baptist Theological Seminary at Zimbabwe. She is active in Baptist life and has served as staff member and interim pastor to several Virginia churches. She enjoys preaching throughout the region.
Phone: (804) 204-1214
Get to know Dr. Hartman!
Why do you teach? I teach because I am a life-long learner myself. I love witnessing an “aha” moment for a student in class or a small group seminar. I also love seeing students integrate what they are learning in the classroom with the practice of ministry in their settings.
Who’s your favorite theologian? It would be impossible to name a favorite theologian. I appreciate Henri Nouwen because he helps me attend to my own spirituality. I also appreciate a variety of theologians who push me to clarify what I believe and why I believe it.
If not teaching, then what? I would pastor a local congregation – because I could teach and preach there too! I am also a certified coach and a certified intentional interim minister, and I enjoy using those skills to serve and help individuals and congregations.
Where will we find you on Sunday morning? I do a lot of pulpit supply, so there is no telling where you’ll find me. When I’m not out preaching, Tabernacle Baptist Church in the fan is my church home.
Why the St. John’s Bible Project? The goal of the St. John’s Bible project is to ignite spiritual imagination, and it did that for me in a powerful way when I saw it for the first time last fall. Immediately I knew I wanted to bring this amazing project to Richmond to share it with BTSR, local congregations and schools. I am delighted that a number of organizations and individuals are partnering with us to bring the St. John’s Bible to Richmond. I am looking forward to the spiritual growth, academic debate, and deeper appreciation for Scripture that will result from our engagement with the St. John’s Bible.