Profile of a Young Preacher

Today we begin a new web site series: profiles of the Young Preachers who have registered for the Festival scheduled for January 7-9, 2009. Since Caela Wood was the first one to register, she is the first one profiled. She is a student, ready to graduate, from Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis. She is associate…Continue Reading Profile of a Young Preacher

Two More Schools Sign on As Partners

In the past week, two more seminaries sent letters of endorsement and partnership and the differences between the schools demonstrates the wide appeal of the Academy of Preachers. Beeson Divinity School is the rather new evangelical graduate school associated with Samford University. It is located in Birmingham, Alabama. Dean Timothy George is a long-time friend…Continue Reading Two More Schools Sign on As Partners

A Week in the Life of the Academy

It is hard to report all that happening with the Academy of Preachers: so much going on! Eight of our Young Preachers are engaged in an on-line discussion on mentoring. We have discovered in our first three months of Academy activity that the mentoring relationship is a big issue: few young preachers have mentors and…Continue Reading A Week in the Life of the Academy

Academy Announces Festival Schedule

The Academy of Preachers has announced the following schedule for the Festival of Young Preachers scheduled for January 709, 2010, at St. Matthews Baptist Church, Louisville, Kentucky. In the days ahead, further information will be available, such as the guest musicians and preachers for the plenary sessions and the themes and texts for the young…Continue Reading Academy Announces Festival Schedule

Reporting Our Progress at the End of February

The Academy of Preachers continues to make steady progress, and at the end of our second month, February 2009, we can report these things: Five Young Preachers now registered for the Festival of Young Preachers in January of 2010 Seven institutions, agencies, and organizations are now official Partners with the Academy The Endowment now totals…Continue Reading Reporting Our Progress at the End of February

Attorney Amos Jones Becomes a Blogger

Today begins the first of a series of blogs entitled, “From the Pew.” Today’s piece is the first half of a two-part editorial first published in The (Harvard Law) Record in November of 2005. The writer is Amos Jones, formerly of Kentucky and now of Washington, DC. Jones wrote the piece while a first year…Continue Reading Attorney Amos Jones Becomes a Blogger

Aspiring Preachers Testify to the Call to Preach

Today we posted on the web site the first three of fifteen videos which record the testimonies given by members of the Young Preachers Leadership Team. The occasion was a retreat in January and the place was St. Matthews Baptist Church. The young people gathered on a Wednesday night for dinner and the program; during…Continue Reading Aspiring Preachers Testify to the Call to Preach

Mid Kentucky Chorus To Sing at Festival

Planners of the Festival of Young Preachers are delighted to announce that the Mid Kentucky Chorus at St. Catharine will be a featured choir on Friday night, January 8, 2010. “We are honored and delighted to sing for the Festival next January,” said Director Teresa Tedder, in accepting the invitation. The Chorus is an eighty-voice…Continue Reading Mid Kentucky Chorus To Sing at Festival

Pastor Hollon Leaves St. Matthews for Texas

Pastor Les Hollon, a key figure in the launching of the Academy of Preachers, has preached his last sermon at St. Matthews Baptist Church and is on his way to Texas. He has accepted the call to Trinity Baptist Church in San Antonio, Texas. Hollon led the St. Matthews congregation to endorse the Academy of…Continue Reading Pastor Hollon Leaves St. Matthews for Texas

Festival of Young Preachers Has First Registrants

The Festival of Young Preachers, an event sponsored by the Academy and its two founding partners – the Lilly Endowment and St. Matthews Baptist Church of Louisville, KY – received its initial registrants early this week. Special recognition goes to Micaela Wood of Bloomington, Indiana for being the first to enter.  Caela is a member…Continue Reading Festival of Young Preachers Has First Registrants