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Theme: A More Excellent Way

Join us for a traditional worship service held Sundays in Stuart Auditorium as we explore the theme “A More Excellent Way” based on 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a. In this letter, the Apostle Paul reaches out to a divided Corinthian church and reminds them what it means to be one body of Christ that celebrates the diverse gifts of its members. What might this mean to the Church today as we consider how faithfully to follow Christ together?

Rev Dr Joy Moore

Rev. Dr. Joy Moore | Sunday, June 28

The Rev. Dr. Joy J. Moore is associate professor of Biblical Preaching at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota.  A native of Chicago, Illinois, Moore's desire to teach led her to earn a BA in Education and Mathematics from National-Louis University in Evanston, Illinois; a Master of Divinity from Garrett-Evangelical Seminary, also in Evanston; and a PhD in practical theology from London School of Theology/Brunel University, London, England.

Before joining the faculty at Luther Seminary in July 2019, Dr. Joy taught at Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University; Fuller Theological Seminary, where she established the William E. Pannell Center for African American Church Studies and served as its first Associate Dean. Fuller Seminary recruited her to provide vision for the center from the Divinity School at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina where she served as Associate Dean for Church Relations, Associate Dean for Black Church Studies, and Visiting Professor of Preaching. Previously the director of Student Life at Asbury Theological Seminary and chaplain and director of Church Relations at Adrian College, she has held pastorates in the Michigan Area of the United Methodist Church. She has written for Sojourners magazine, Christian Century, Working Preacher, Catalyst, and Good News magazine.

Rev Dr Donna Claycomb Sokol

Rev. Dr. Donna Claycomb Sokol | Sunday, July 5

The Rev. Dr. Donna Claycomb Sokol is the pastor of Mount Vernon Place UMC, a historic congregation in Washington, D.C. Before that, from 2001 to 2005, she served as director of admissions for Duke Divinity School. She has a B.A. in economics from William Woods University, an M.Div. from Duke and a D.Min. in preaching from Wesley Theological Seminary. Before being called to ministry, Sokol worked in D.C., first as a White House intern in the Clinton administration and later on Capitol Hill, as a staffer for Congressman Eric Fingerhut and then Senator Tom Harkin. 

Rev David McEntire

Rev. David McEntire | Sunday, July 12

The Rev. David McEntire is Senior Pastor at FUMC-Lakeland (Florida) and has served numerous churches in the (UMC) Florida Conference since 1981. McEntire received a BA in Pyschology and Religion from Florida State University and an M. Div. from Duke Divinity School. He has led and served on numerous Florida Conference committees and boards such as the Council on Ministries, United Methodist Children's Home, Board of Ordained Ministry, Florida Conference Board of Trustees, and Board of Camps and Retreat ministries.

Rev Dr Tom Long

Rev. Dr. Tom Long | Sunday, July 19

Preachers around the world know the Rev. Dr. Thomas G. Long, a long-time professor at Candler School of Theology, as the author of The Witness of Preaching, one of the most influential preaching textbooks in seminaries around the world. His Lyman Beecher Lectures at Yale were published in Preaching from Memory to Hope.

Long has also written commentaries on the biblical books of Hebrews, Matthew and the Pastoral Epistles, and several noted books on the Christian funerals, including Accompany Them with Singing and The Good Funeral. What Shall We Say? Evil, Suffering, and the Crisis of Faith, Long’s book on innocent suffering and the goodness of God, was selected as the 2011 Book of the Year by the Academy of Parish Clergy. He received his BA from Erskine College, M. Div. from Erskine Theological Seminary, and PhD from Princeton Theological Seminary.

Rev Dr Ben Witherington

Rev. Dr. Ben Witherington | July 26

The Rev. Dr. Ben Witherington is Amos Professor of New Testament for Doctoral Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary and on the doctoral faculty at St. Andrews University in Scotland. He has also taught at Ashland Theological Seminary, Vanderbilt University, Duke Divinity School and Gordon-Conwell.  

Author of more than 50 books, he is a popular lecturer around the world. His books The Jesus Quest and The Paul Quest, were each selected as top biblical studies works by Christianity Today. He is a graduate of UNC, Chapel Hill, and went on to receive an M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. from the University of Durham in England.

Special Summer Lecture: Join us Saturday, July 25, at 4 p.m. to hear the Rev. Dr. Ben Witherington talk about "Joanna/Junia: The First Woman Apostle." Learn more about Junia, an early follower of Jesus who the apostle Paul wrote about.

Rev Dr Greg Jones

Rev. Dr. Greg Jones | August 2

Professor Jones is dean of Duke Divinity School and a theologian whose work centers on the nature of forgiveness, the significance of Christian ministry and pastoral leadership, and social innovation and entrepreneurship. He has served as Duke’s chief international strategist to advance and coordinate the university’s global engagement. Between 1997 and 2010, Dr. Jones served as the eleventh dean of the Divinity School.

The author or editor of seventeen books, he has also published more than 200 articles and essays.  His most recent book is Christian Social Innovation: Renewing Wesleyan Witness (Abingdon Press, May 2016). He coauthored the book Forgiving As We’ve Been Forgiven with Celestin Musekura and another book with Kevin R. Armstrong, Resurrecting Excellence: Shaping Faithful Christian Ministry.

Special Summer Lecture: Join us on Saturday, August 1, at 3 p.m. to hear the Rev. Dr. Greg Jones talk about "Resurrecting Excellence." How do we, as Christians, rekindle and encourage an unselfish ambition for the gospel in a way that shuns competition and mediocrity and focuses on the beauty, power, and excellence of living as faithful disciples of the crucified and risen Christ?