Carol Norén

Wesley W. Nelson Professor of Homiletics

Classes taught: Introduction to Preaching, Advanced Preaching and Worship, Research Methods, Images of the Preacher in Contemporary Culture

At North Park since: 1993

Dr. Carol Norén came to North Park Theological Seminary to equip women and men for preaching and leading worship. She teaches preaching courses to master’s degree students, and also advises students in the doctor of ministry in preaching program. Her courses challenge women and men to consider their own callings as pastors, as well as how to be effective ministers of the Gospel. “Students in preaching class learn to exegete congregations and cultures as well as texts, so that they may communicate effectively in various ministry settings,” she says.

Active in the community life at the Seminary, Dr. Norén has served on the Chapel and Field Education committees and is the coordinator of the annual Moravian Love Feast. She has also served as a faculty member on international trip courses to Sweden and Greece.

Dr. Norén is also an active scholar, researching Swedish Methodism in the United States. “Swedish Methodism is particularly interesting to me because sanctification theology played a more central role in individual and ecclesial identity than it did in American Methodism of the period,” she says. “At present I am working on a biography of Nels O. Westergreen, a pastor who started a Swedish Methodist theological seminary in Galesburg in 1870.” Conveniently for her and others’ research, North Park is home to the Swedish-American Archives of Greater Chicago in Brandel Library’s F.M. Johnson Archives and Special Collections.

Drawing from her own experience with the Swedish culture and language, Dr. Norén serves on the United Methodist Commission on Archives and History in northern Illinois, and has assisted formerly Swedish-language congregations in translating archival material.

Prior to coming to North Park, Dr. Norén taught at Duke University Divinity School and was a part-time instructor at Princeton Theological Seminary. She has been a visiting professor at Ormond College in Melbourne, Australia; Stockholm School of Theology in Sweden; and Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado.

Dr. Norén previously served as associate pastor at Salem United Methodist Church in Barrington, Illinois, and as pastor at two Methodist churches in Manchester, England. She was also a youth minister and children's choir director at several inner city and suburban congregations.


  • PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary
  • MDiv, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
  • BA, Augustana College


  • Carol M. Noren. In Times of Crisis and Sorrow: A Minister’s Manual Resource Guide. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2001.
  • Carol M. Noren. What Happens Sunday Morning: A Layperson’s Guide to Worship. Louisville, Kentucky: Westminster/John Knox Press, 1992.
  • Carol M. Noren. The Woman in the Pulpit. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1991.
“Students learn to exegete congregations and cultures as well as texts, so that they may communicate effectively.”