The Rosary and the Bar: My Festival Story – Nick Bettis AoP ’15

Stop me if you’ve heard this one: a Pentecostal, an Eastern-Orthodox seminary student, and a Catholic Friar walk into a bar… At the 2015 National Festival of Young Preachers, I met two people who would end up defining my Festival experience. The first was Tristan Gall. He was in his last year of seminary and…Continue Reading The Rosary and the Bar: My Festival Story – Nick Bettis AoP ’15

Rap Is My Pulpit – The Preaching and Rapping of AJ Robinson, AoP ’16

*Based on an interview with AJ Robinson by Nick Bettis. Responses have been lightly edited for flow and comprehension. At the beginning of the interview, I ask a big question.  “Who are you?” Without a pause, he answers. “I am AJ Robinson. I am 22 years old. And I am very passionate about incorporating the…Continue Reading Rap Is My Pulpit – The Preaching and Rapping of AJ Robinson, AoP ’16

Podcast – Interview with David Telfort

In this Podcast episode, Nick Bettis sits down with David Telfort at the 2018 National Festival of Young Preachers to talk about David’s ministry, his history with AoP, and the funniest sermon mistake he ever made! Listen on Soundcloud…Continue Reading Podcast – Interview with David Telfort

Preacher Feature: David Telfort

“It’s a weekly call that, while daunting, is a gift.” These are the words David Telfort, AoP ’12, uses to describe his call to the ministry of preaching.  Telfort, a graduate of Yale Divinity school and an ordained clergy of the United Church of Christ, recently began serving as the pastor of Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian…Continue Reading Preacher Feature: David Telfort

Preacher Feature: Micah Spicer

Micah Spicer firmly believes that the most important way to become a better preacher is through experience. “Reading books about preaching, while they offer helpful insights, is not going to transform someone into a proficient preacher,” Spicer stated.  “Instead, like many crafts, one has to practice.”  The Academy of Preachers provided an avenue for him…Continue Reading Preacher Feature: Micah Spicer

Preacher Feature: Erica Whitaker

Erica Whitaker is no stranger to the work of the Academy of Preachers. Whitaker preached at her first National Festival of Young Preachers and served as Gospel Catalyst in 2014 just before serving as a Pastoral Resident at Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas. She accepted the positon just after receiving her M.Div. from George…Continue Reading Preacher Feature: Erica Whitaker

Survey Says: AoP Making an Impact!

“The National Festival this year was amazing and one of the best tings I’ve ever been a part of. It changed my entire life.” So wrote one Young Preacher (YP) in completing the 2017 AoP YP Survey in April. Eighty one Young Preachers, out of the 660 who have attended a National Festival, were contacted…Continue Reading Survey Says: AoP Making an Impact!

Young Preachers as Entrepreneurs

“I never realized ministerial work could be entrepreneurial,” said Joshua Payne, AoP’17 as he sat in a workshop at the National Festival of Young Preachers. “I always associated the word ‘entrepreneur’ with the drive to make money.”  * That is one of the many misconceptions of the entrepreneurial spirit, explained AoP President Dwight A. Moody,…Continue Reading Young Preachers as Entrepreneurs

An Academy Like No Other

By Joseph T. Howard, AoP’12 What began as a dream after seeing a video on YouTube has blossomed into one of the most important things in my life. The Academy of Preachers is without a doubt one of the best things that has ever happened to me, as both a Christian and a preacher. Through…Continue Reading An Academy Like No Other