Rev. Dr. J. Sergius Halvorsen

Assistant Professor of Homiletics and Rhetoric

Father Sergius Halvorsen received his M.Div. from St. Vladimir’s Seminary in 1996, and completed his doctoral dissertation at Drew University in 2002.  From 2000 to 2011 he taught at Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell Connecticut, where he also served as Director of Distance Learning.  He was ordained to the diaconate in 1999 and to the priesthood in February 2004.  Fr. Sergius is an accomplished liturgical musician, he was director of the 1995 SVS Octet, and over the last ten years has contributed to a number of "Archangel Voices" recordings.  He currently lives in Middletown CT with his wife and three children.  He loves gardening, hiking, biking, and reading biographies and historical fiction.

Education: 
  • B.A. Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1992
  • M.Div., St. Vladimir's Seminary, 1996
  • Ph.D., Drew University, 2002
Publications: 
  • Regular contributor to The Preacher, The College of Preachers, Nottingham UK
  • "Preaching Justice to the Unjust" in Social Justice Review (forthcoming) 
  • “You are the Man: 2 Samuel 11–12 as a rhetorical paradigm for contemporary preaching” in Festschrift in Honor of Paul Nadim Tarazi, ed. Vahan Hovhanessian, Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang (forthcoming)
  • “Online Teaching and Learning: On the Road to Developing Distance Learning Standards for Communities of Learners,” with Sebastian Mahfood and Mary Beckmann, Seminary Journal, Vol. 15, No. 1 (Spring 2009): 64–72
  • Review essay on Being with God: Trinity, Apophaticism, and Divine–Human Communion, by Aristotle Papanikolaou, in Conversations in Religion & Theology 6:2 (November 2008): 123–133).  Article first published online 19 OCT 2008
  • “Orthodox Ecclesiology from the Perspective of Preaching,” in Orthodox and Wesleyan Ecclesiology, ed. S T Kimbrough, Jr. (Crestwood, NY: St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 2007), 271–87
  • “The Context of the Eucharistic Liturgy,” in Preaching at the Double Feast: Homiletics for Eucharistic Worship, ed. Michael Monshau (Collegeville MN: Liturgical Press, 2006), 111–49
  • “Church Reading: a vital ministry,” PSALM Notes 6:1 (Spring 2002): 1–7
  • “The New Homiletic: a retrospective,” review essay on The Homiletical Plot, by Eugene Lowry, St. Vladimir’s Theological Quarterly 46:1 (2002): 88–94
  • “Theology of Preaching in the Orthodox Tradition in Twentieth-Century North America,” Sewanee Theological Review 44:2 (Easter 2001): 176–95
  • “Changes and Challenges: Eucharist and Word in the Orthodox Church,” Regeneration 4:1 (Winter-Spring 1998): 42–3
Presentations: 
  • "The Inverted Classroom: How good teaching goes beyond content delivery," St. Tikhon's University, Moscow, January 2014.
  • "The Vulnerability of the Incarnation: God made man," Archbishop DMITRI Memorial Lecture, St. Barbara's Church, Fort Worth TX, April 2013
  • "Bits, Bytes and the Body of Christ: Establishing and maintaining community in theological distance education" St. Tikhon's University, Moscow, January 2013.
  • "Sacramental Preaching" National Festival of Young Preachers, Academy of Preachers, Atlanta GA, January 2013
  • "Preaching Transformation: Eucharistic Homiletics and the Presence of Christ" North American Academy of Homiletics, Austin TX, December 2011
  • “God’s Perfect Love,” New England Youth Rally, St. Methodios Faith and Heritage Center, Contokook, New Hampshire, August 2011
  • “Encountering the Word: Spirituality of Preacher and Hearer,” Catholic Coalition on Preaching, Louisville, Kentucky, September 2008
  • “Applied Principles of Christian Leadership,” St. Mary’s Orthodox Cathedral, Minneapolis, Minnesota, December 2006
  • “Music in the life of the Orthodox community” Global Praise Working Group, New York, New York, October 2006
  • “The Prophetic and Life-giving Word” Diocesan Assembly of the Diocese of the South, Orthodox Church in America, Atlanta, Georgia, March 2006
  • “Orthodox Ecclesiology from the Perspective of Preaching,” Fourth Consultation on Orthodox and Wesleyan Spirituality, Crestwood, New York, January 2006
  • “Preaching in the Orthodox Church,” Diocesan Assembly of the Diocese of Eastern Pennsylvania, Orthodox Church in America, South Canaan, Pennsylvania, April 2004
  • “Speaking the Word of God as Laypersons,” Metropolis of Boston, Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, June 2003
  • “Finding Christ in Troubled Times: a Reflection on the Nativity of Jesus Christ,” Madison, Wisconsin, December 2002
  • “The New Homiletic and the Liturgical Movement,” Academy of Homiletics, St. Louis, Missouri, November 2001
  • “The Word Made Flesh: reflections on the art and craft of liturgical preaching,”  Connecticut Deanery, Orthodox Church in America, New Haven, Connecticut, Nov 2000
Teaching Experience: 
  • Assistant Professor of Homiletics and Rhetoric, St. Vladimir's Seminary (2011-present)
  • Assistant Professor: Homiletics, Holy Apostles College and Seminary (2004–11)
  • Adjunct Professor: Homiletics and Patristics, Holy Apostles College and Seminary (2000-3)
  • Adjunct Professor: Homiletics and Church History, St. Tikhon’s Seminary (2003–4)
Church & Professional Activities: 
  • Director, Doctor of Ministry Program (2011-present)
  • Director of Field Education, St. Vladimir's Seminary (2011-12)
  • Chair, Committee on Evangelization and Revitalization, Diocese of New England, Orthodox Church in America (2007–11)
  • Communications Director, Diocese of New England, Orthodox Church in America (2007–9)
  • Member: Academy of Homiletics (1999-present)
Other Work Experience: 
  • Director of Distance Learning, Holy Apostles College and Seminary (2004–2011)