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Preaching with Power 2015 – Watch the Preachers

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Sunday, March 15 – Thursday, March 19, 2015

Sunday, March 15, 2015, 6:30 pm
The Rev. Dr. Harold R. Mayberry – “Don’t Lose Your Anointing”

Pr. MayberryThe Rev. Harold R. Mayberry is pastor of First AME Church, Oakland, California. He filled in for Bishop Richard Norris, who was unable to attend this year’s Preaching with Power. He was born and grew up in St. Louis, Missouri. Reverend Mayberry began his Pastorate at Grant Chapel AME in Wentzville, Missouri and was later assigned to Quinn Chapel AME Church, St. Louis, Missouri.He served pastorates in Richmond, California; Clarksdale, Mississippi; Greenville, Mississippi; and New Orleans, Louisiana, before being appointed Senior Pastor of First A.M.E. Church in Oakland, California, in October 1996. Pr. Mayberry is a product of Wilberforce University, Payne Theological Seminary and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and Harrington Theological Seminary.

St. Matthew AME Church, 215 North 57th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19139 (go to Google map)

Monday, March 16, 2015, 7:00 pm
The Rev. Dr. Leslie D. Callahan

The Rev. Dr. Leslie D. CallahanThe Rev. Rev. Dr. Leslie D. Callahan acts as a servant to the city of Philadelphia both spiritually and socially. Since May 2009, Dr. Callahan has been the pastor of St. Paul’s Baptist Church, a marker in the congregation’s history as the first woman pastor. She also serves as Commissioner for the Philadelphia Housing Authority. Dr. Callahan earned her Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Harvard University/ Radcliffe, MDiv from Union Theological Seminary, and PhD in Religion from Princeton University. She has a published article in The Audacity of Faith: Christian Leaders Reflect on the Election of Barack Obama, Marvin A. McMickle, editor. Her gifts for education are reflected in her former role as a professor at New York Theological Seminary and the University of Pennsylvania. Her research interests include religious history in the United States, particularly independent African American Christianity and Pentecostal studies.

Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Germantown, 41 West Rittenhouse Street, Philadelphia, PA 19144 (go to Google map)

Tuesday, March 17, 2015, 11:15 am
The Rev. Dr. Cheryl J. Sanders

The Rev. Dr. Cheryl J. SandersThe Rev. Dr. Cheryl J. Sanders serves as both Professor of Christian Ethics at Howard University School of Divinity and the Senior Pastor of Third Street Church of God in Washington, D.C.

She has served professorships at various theological institutions in the northeast. Between 2000 and 2007, Dr. Sanders was a contributing guest editor for Leadership, a journal for pastors. In addition to her books Ministry at the Margins: The Prophetic Mission of Women, Youth & the Poor, Saints in Exile: The Holiness-Pentecostal Experience in African American Religion and Culture, Empowerment Ethics for a Liberated People, and Living the Intersection: Womanism and Afrocentrism in Theology, Sanders has also published more than 100 articles. Dr. Sanders received her BA in Mathematics from Swarthmore College, and her MDiv and ThD of Applied Theology from Harvard Divinity School. She has been awarded honorary Doctor of Divinity degrees from Asbury College and Anderson University.

Lecture: The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, Benbow Hall, The Brossman Center, 7301 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia PA 19119 (go to Google map)

Tuesday, March 17, 2015, 7:00 pm
The Rev. Dr. Barry C. Black

Chaplain Barry C. BlackThe Rev. Dr. Barry C. Black was elected the 62nd Chaplain of the United States Senate in 2003, becoming the first African American and the first Seventh-day Adventist to hold this office. Prior to Capitol Hill, Chaplain Black served in the U.S. Navy for over twenty-seven years, ending his distinguished career as Rear Admiral and  Chief of Naval Chaplains. Chaplain Black is a native of Baltimore, Maryland, and an alumnus of Oakwood College, Andrews University, North Carolina Central University, Palmer Theological Seminary, Salve Regina University, and Alliant International University. In addition to earning Master of Arts degrees in Divinity, Counseling, and Management, he has received a Doctor of Ministry and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Psychology. He was chosen from 127 nominees for the 1995 NAACP Renowned Service Award for his contribution to equal opportunity and civil rights.

Grace Baptist Church of Germantown, 25 West Johnson Street, Philadelphia, PA 19144 (go to Google map)

Wednesday, March 18, 2015, 11:15 am
African American Sacred Music Concert

The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, Schaeffer-Ashmead Chapel, 7301 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia PA 19119 (go to Google map)

Wednesday, March 18, 2015, 7:00 pm
The Rev. Traci D. Blackmon

The Rev. Traci D. BlackmonThe Rev. Traci D. Blackmon was initially ordained in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Pr. Blackmon served in various capacities of ministry for nine years prior to becoming the 18th installed, and first woman, pastor in the 159 year history of Christ the King United Church of Christ, Florissant, Missouri. She received a BS in Nursing from Birmingham – Southern College, and an MDiv from Eden Theological Seminary.  Pr. Blackmon is a graduate of Leadership St. Louis, and serves as a founding director on the board of Magdalene St. Louis, a transitional housing program for women who have been victimized by prostitution and sex trafficking.

Recently, Pr. Blackmon was sworn in as an appointed member of the Ferguson Commission. The Ferguson Commission originated in response to justice concerns raised in the aftermath of the killing of Michael Brown, Jr., in Ferguson, Missouri.

Harold O. Davis Memorial Baptist Church, 4500 North 10th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19140 (go to the Google map)

Thursday, March 19, 2015, 7:00 pm
The Rev. Olu Brown

The Rev. Olu BrownThe Rev. Olujimi (Olu) Brown is married to Farrah D. Brown, and is a native of Lufkin, Texas.

He graduated in 1999 from Jarvis Christian College in Hawkins, Texas, with a degree in Elementary Education.  In 2002, he earned a Master of Divinity from Gammon Theological Seminary of the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia. He serves as the Lead Pastor of Impact Church, a new church in the East Point community of metropolitan Atlanta. Impact has grown from a core team of 25 people to more than 1,800 attendees each Sunday, making it the fastest growing United Methodist Church in the United States. Olu’s upcoming book, 4D Churches, guides leaders of any industry on how to be successful by thinking and working “outside the box.” A previous book, Zero to 80: Innovative Ideas for Planting and Accelerating Church Growth (2009), provides quick, timely strategies for cutting-edge, more effective ministry. As a highly sought after keynote speaker and facilitator on a variety of leadership development strategies, Olu most recently facilitated a training at The Office of Congregational Development and Redevelopment of the Northern Illinois Conference in Chicago for pastors and laypersons interested in strengthening their congregations.

Reformation Lutheran Church, 1215 East Vernon Road, Philadelphia, PA 19150 (go to the Google map)

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