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Brief Bio

Sondra Willobee most recently served as lead pastor at South Lyon First United Methodist Church in southeast Michigan. She has been an adjunct professor of preaching at Methodist Theological School in Delaware, Ohio. Her first full-length book, The Write Stuff: Crafting Sermons that Capture and Convince, brings together her love of preaching and her passion for writing. Her articles, reviews, poems, and stories have appeared in numerous religious and literary journals including The Christian Century, Christianity Today, Driftwood Review, and Windhover. An outdoor enthusiast, she and her husband Ed have canoed, hiked and camped throughout the United States.

Publications
The Write Stuff, Westminster John Knox, 2009.
Courageous Spirit, Upper Room, 2005 (contributor)
Keeping Holy Time, Year C, Abingdon, 2003 (contributor)
Keeping Holy Time, Year B, Abingdon, 2002 (contributor)
FaithLink, United Methodist Publishing House, 2003 - 2005

Education
Methodist Theological School in Ohio, Master of Divinity, 1982
Wayne State University, B.A. in English, 1977 (summa cum laude)

Ordination
Elder, Detroit Annual Conference, of the United Methodist Church, 1984

Professional Activities
Former Chairperson, Board of Ministry, Detroit Annual Conference
Academy of Homiletics
Academy for Preaching, United Methodist Church
Springfed Arts/​Metro Detroit Writers
The Authors Guild

Experience
Lead Pastor, First United Methodist Church, South Lyon, Michigan, 2007-2017
Associate Pastor, First United Methodist Church, Farmington, Michigan, 1995-2007
Editor, Ecumenical Theological Seminary, Detroit, Michigan, 1991-1994
Pastor, North Lake United Methodist Church, Chelsea, Michigan, 1985-1991
Pastor, Whitefield-Grace United Methodist Church, Detroit, Michigan, 1982-1985

Teaching
"Storytelling Techniques for Preaching," MTSO, 2017, 2010, 2017
“Practice of Preaching,” Course of Study School of Ohio at MTSO, Spring, 2007
“Hook, Book, and Stone: Storytelling Techniques in Preaching,” MTSO, Spring & Fall 2000

Family
Married for 42 years to Ed Willobee with two adult daughters.

Selected Works

Sermon Preparation
"I cannot imagine a more practical, attentive, useful, reliable, provocative, and thoughtful guide to the delightful play of detail and form in sermons than this volume." -- Thomas Long
Adult Study
This is a Lectionary-based Adult Bible study for Year B. Contributors: Terri S. Cofiell, David A. deSilva, Mary Jo Osterman, Vincent Harris, Denise Nutt-Beers, Sondra B. Willobee
This is a Lectionary-based Adult Bible study for Year B. Contributors include: David A. deSilva, John O. Gooch, M. Bass Mitchell, Denise Nutt-Beers, Mary Jo Osterman, Sondra B. Willobee
Devotionals
"Unique metaphors of faith permeate this collection of worship resources and personal reflections. Clergywomen share insights into their spiritual journey, declaring both the exquisite joy and palpable pain of ministry."--Nan Self
These prayers and meditations can be used for personal reflection or for devotions at a women's meeting.

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