Pictures above, left to right: Founding (and now former) Board member Fr. Martin Linebach; AoP President Dwight A. Moody with Morehouse Dean of the Chapel Lawrence Carter; former board member Robin Thomerson with former Director Julie Roe and current Director John Williams; the entire Board of Directors in 2014; President Matt Boulton of AoP Founding Partner Christian Theological Seminary; Director of Festivals Debbie Moody. All photos from the 2014 National Festival of Young Preachers.
The Academy of Preachers is a fresh initiative launched in 2009 that seeks to Identify, Network, Inspire and Support young people in their call to gospel preaching. The organization is headquartered at Calvary Baptist Church in Lexington, Kentucky but functions in an independent, incorporated status, with our own federal tax-exempt certification, led by a Board of Directors. Our current Directors include John Williams (Owensboro, Ky.), Deena Kuhl (Louisville, Ky.), Dwight A. Moody (Lexington, Ky.), Conway Stone (Louisville, Ky.), Amos Jones (Washington, D.C.), and Darlene Hutto (Atlanta, Ga.).
The Academy is endorsed and supported by 50 Founding Partners: those businesses, denominations, institutions, and organizations who affiliated with the Academy during its first 18 months of operation. Chief among these is the Lilly Endowment of Indianapolis, Ind. The Academy also has a growing list of National Partners, numbering 93. For a list of our Founding Partners and National Partners, click here.
Beginning in January of 2015, the Academy of Preachers invites interested people and organizations to join the AoP: as a Young Preacher ($25/year), Ministry Professional ($120/year), or iPartner (Institutional Partner) ($500). As of June 1, 2016, the AoP had 28 iPartners, institutions, organizations, and congregations that form the core of our constituency. See the Membership page on this web site for further details and a complete and up to date list of all AoP members.
A team of three staff oversees the daily operations and execution of programs for the Academy of Preachers; they are supported and advised by various contractors and consultants.
Ernest Brooks III, AoP '11, President