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African American Preaching Conference (AFC22) WITH BANQUET

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 The African American Preaching Conference emphasizes uniquely the work and witness of ministry as it intersects with the academy. Shaped by a steering committee of 30 African American leaders, the conference features nationally noted proclaimers, plenary session speakers, and workshops rooted in the rich resources of Baylor University and Truett Seminary.

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Use this course to register for the Wednesday banquet beginning at 12:30pm. 

2022 Legacy Award Winner


Rev. Dr. Robert Smith, Jr.

ROBERT SMITH, JR. (Ph.D., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; Doctor of Sacred Theology (STD, Honorary Doctorate), Temple Community Bible College, Cincinnati, OH; (2009) Doctor of Divinity Honoris Causa, Newburgh Theological Seminary, Newburgh, Indiana; serves as Professor of Christian Preaching and holds the Charles T. Carter Baptist Chair of Divinity at Beeson Divinity School. Previously he served as the Carl E. Bates Associate Professor of Christian Preaching at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. Dr. Smith is the 2017 E. K. Bailey Expository Preaching Conference Living Legend. A popular teacher and preacher, he received Southern’s 1996 Findley B. Edge Award for Teaching Excellence. An ordained Baptist minister, he served as pastor of the New Mission Missionary Baptist Church in Cincinnati, OH for twenty years. He earned his Ph.D. while serving as pastor. Dr. Smith is a contributing editor for a study of Christian ministry in the African American church, Preparing for Christian Ministry, and is co-editor of A Mighty Long Journey. Additionally, he has served as an editor of Our Sufficiency Is of God: Essays on Preaching in Honor of Gardner C. Taylor (Mercer University Press, Macon Georgia: 2010) and Worship, Tradition, and Engagement: Essays in Honor of Timothy George (Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2018). Dr. Smith has written the book, Doctrine That Dances: Bringing Doctrinal Preaching and Teaching to Life (B&H Publishing Group, Nashville: 2008) which was selected as the winner of the 2008 Preaching Book of the Year Award by Preaching Magazine and 2009 Preaching Book of the Year Award by Christianity Today’s In 2010, Preaching Magazine named Doctrine That Dances one of the 25 most influential books in preaching for the last 25 years. He has written The Oasis of God: From Mourning to Morning—Biblical Insights from Psalms 42 and 43 as well. Dr. Smith has spoken at more than 135 universities, colleges, and seminaries in the United States, Great Britain, Middle East, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and the Caribbean. He has taught congregations in several countries including Greece, Turkey, Rome, the Holy Land and Switzerland. Dr. Smith brought the closing message of the 22nd Baptist World Congress/Baptist World Alliance scheduled to be held in 2020 in Rio de Janeiro and transformed into a fully virtual event held on July 7-10, 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. His research interests include the place of passion in preaching, the literary history of African American preaching, Christological preaching, and theologies of preaching. Dr. Smith has contributed essays and articles to various books, magazines and commentaries. At Beeson, Dr. Smith teaches Christian Preaching and other electives in homiletics. He received Beeson Divinity School’s “Teacher of the Year Award” in 2005. He and his wife, Dr. Wanda Taylor-Smith, Ph.D., are the parents of four adult children (one in heaven).

Class Details

3 Session(s)
Days of the Week :Multiple Days of the Week :

Location : George W. Truett Theological Seminary Location : 
  George W. Truett Theological Seminary.

Instructor : Bridgett Boggess 



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Registration Closes On
Wednesday, September 21, 2022 @ 5:00 PM

Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s) Instructional Method
9/27/2022 Tue 09:00 AM - 08:00 PM Waco, George W. Truett Theological Seminary  Map Bridgett Boggess  ClassRoom
9/28/2022 Wed 09:00 AM - 08:00 PM Waco, George W. Truett Theological Seminary  Map Bridgett Boggess  ClassRoom
9/29/2022 Thu 09:00 AM - 12:15 PM Waco, George W. Truett Theological Seminary  Map Bridgett Boggess  ClassRoom

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