Lucas O’Neill, DMin

Clinical Associate Professor of Homiletics

Faculty Since 1997


BA, Moody Bible Institute
MDiv, ThM, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
DMin, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary


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Lucas O’Neill is a Clinical Associate Professor of Homiletics. He was born in Lawrence, MA, and lived for several years in New Jersey before going to Chicago to study at Moody Bible Institute. After graduating, he married Tina and worked to complete his Master of Divinity and Master of Theology at TEDS. In 2007 he was called to pastor Christian Fellowship Church in Itasca, IL where he still serves as Senior Pastor today. In 2015 Lucas received his Doctor of Ministry degree from Gordon-Conwell.

He has taught at Moody Bible Institute including the primary course on expository preaching. He has also served overseas by teaching homiletics in places such as Baptist Theological School in Novi Sad, Serbia and with Harmony Outreach in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. He maintains involvement with local pastors through the ministry of the Chicagoland Gospel Network where he serves as Executive Director. Lucas has also served as an Associate Pastor at a Korean-American church from 2005-2007.

Through his ministry he endeavors to equip preachers with both the skills to proclaim Christ effectively and the theological foundation to do so responsibly. He desires to see faithful preachers communicate engagingly and engaging preachers communicate faithfully. His current research interests include the theological commitments driving the current dialogue concerning Christ-centered preaching.

Lucas and Tina have four children and they love to travel, hike and play games. He is a dedicated Boston Red Sox fan, is always in the middle of several good books and can never turn down a good burger.

Selected Publications

“The Solas of the Reformation: Five Hallmarks of Distinctively Evangelical Preaching.” What Makes Evangelical Preaching Evangelical? Evangelical Homiletics Society Conference, South Hamilton, MA, October 2017.

Preaching to Be Heard: Delivering Sermons that Command Attention (Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, 2019).

Review of “Homiletics and Hermeneutics: Four Views on Preaching Todayeds. Scott M. Gibson and Matthew D. Kim” Trinity Journal, 40 no 2 Fall 2019, p 282-284.

Awards, Affiliations, and Achievements

  • 2008-09 Received Faculty-led Initiatives grant from the Carl F. H. Henry Center to organize and coordinate the Asian North American Theology and Ministry Consultation (May 18-20, 2009)
  • 2006-08 Selected to be one of four participants in The Lexington Seminar’s ”Mentoring Project on Academic Leadership”
  • Association for Asian American Studies
  • American Academy of Religion


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