Founding Partners

The Academy of Preachers is endorsed and supported by 50 Founding Partners who have significantly supported and contributed to the success of the Academy since its launch in January 2009. The category of Founding Partner identifies those businesses, congregations, denominations, institutions, and organizations that wrote letters of partnership in the first 15 months of our work, from January 2009 to April of 2010.

Several of these Founding Partners deserve special recognition. The Lilly Endowment made the launch possible with a generous grant. St. Matthews Baptist Church was the first partner to endorse officially and was also the initial host organization for the Academy. The Wayne E. Oates Institute assisted the Academy in the administration of two of our first programs. Peritus signed on not only as a partner but also as a business affiliate, serving as the marketing and public relations wing of Academy programs. The first institutional donor to the Academy was Rosemont Baptist Church, where the Academy of Preacher’s founder,  Dr. Dwight Moody, had served as interim pastor prior to launching the Academy of Preachers. Following the launch of the Academy, the Kentucky Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church was the first group to officially endorse the Academy.

The Lilly Endowment, Indianapolis, Indiana

St. Matthews Baptist Church, Louisville, Kentucky

Wayne E. Oates Institute, Louisville, Kentucky

Peritus, Louisville, Kentucky

Kentucky Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, Louisville, Kentucky

Rosemont Baptist Church, Lexington, Kentucky

Georgetown College, Georgetown, Kentucky

Indiana-Kentucky Conference of the United Church of Christ, Indianapolis, Indiana

Kingswell Seminary, Middletown, Ohio

Beeson Divinity School of Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama

Lexington Theological Seminary, Lexington, Kentucky

Fisk University, Nashville, Tennessee

Bethany Theological Seminary, Richmond, Indiana

Baptist Seminary of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky

Lindsey Wilson College, Columbia, Kentucky

Campbellsville University, Campbellsville, Kentucky

Vanderbilt Divinity School, Nashville, Tennessee

Trevecca Nazarene University, Nashville, Tennessee

Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis, Indiana

Asbury University, Wilmore, Kentucky

The Christian Church (Disciples) of Indiana, Indianapolis, Indiana

McAfee School of Theology, Mercer University, Atlanta, Georgia

Belmont University, Nashville, Tennessee.

Chalice Press, St. Louis, Missouri

Foundation for Excellence in Giving, Louisville, Kentucky

Southwest Baptist University, Bolivar, Missouri

Kentucky Baptist Fellowship, Crestwood, Kentucky

Northeast Baptist Church, Atlanta Georgia

Kentucky Mountain Bible College, Jackson, Kentucky

Day1/Alliance for Christian Media

Community Presbyterian Church, Charlestown, Indiana

Cincinnati Christian University, Cincinnati, Ohio

Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel, Morehouse College, Atlanta, Georgia

Truett Theological Seminary of Baylor University, Waco, Texas

Central District Baptist Association, Louisville, Kentucky

Kentucky Wesleyan College, Owensboro, Kentucky

Howard Park Christian Church, Clarksville, Indiana

Presbyterian Church, United States of America, Louisville, Kentucky

Dehoney Travel, New Albany, Indiana

Middletown Christian Church, Middletown, Kentucky

Passport, Inc, Birmingham, Alabama

The Fund for Theological Education, Atlanta, Georgia

The Lord’s Day Alliance, Boston, Massachusetts

University of Evansville, Evansville, Indiana

South Texas School of Christian Ministry, Corpus Christi, Texas

Archdiocese of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky

New Fire, National Council of Churches, New York, New York

Oakland City University, Oakland City, Indiana

Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky

Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts