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UTI Lecture and Worship Celebration

Celebrating the Urban Theological Institute

UTI lecture and worship celebration

This year’s celebration is Tuesday, September 23, 2014 (scroll down to view past celebrations)

featuring lecturer and preacher

The Rev. Dr. Kevin R. Johnson

Fifth Senior Pastor of Bright Hope Baptist Church in Philadelphia
Frequent columnist for the oldest continually running African American newspaper, The Philadelphia Tribune.

11:15 am Lecture
The Brossman Center of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, 7301 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19119

7:00 pm Evening Worship
Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church, 2800 W. Cheltenham Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19150

The Rev. Dr. Kevin JohnsonDr. Kevin R. Johnson is the fifth Senior Pastor of the nationally renowned Bright Hope Baptist Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

A Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude graduate of Morehouse College, Dr. Johnson was awarded the Martin Luther King Jr. and Oprah Winfrey scholarships. He continued his studies at Union Theological Seminary, where he earned a Master of Divinity degree as a Union Scholar, and received the prestigious Maxwell Fellowship, awarded to the seminarian most likely to succeed in parish ministry. Dr. Johnson earned the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree in Organizational Leadership and Transformational Learning from Columbia University.

Whether offering invocations for President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, delivering sermons of inspiration and hope internationally and nationally, being arrested at New York City’s One Police Plaza for protesting the unjust NYPD killing of African immigrant, Amadou Diallo, spearheading voter rights’ initiatives in Pennsylvania, or leading the charge for educational equity for all Philadelphia public school children, Dr. Johnson is committed to fulfilling his calling as a community-focused and politically-engaged pastor called to a holistic, social gospel ministry. Within six years of becoming the undershepherd at Bright Hope, more than 1,000 new believers have joined, several new ministries created, and countless hearts have been touched through God’s ministry.

Affectionately called “Joshua” by his church, Dr. Johnson is an astute clergyman committed to community empowerment and economic development. Under his leadership, Bright Hope’s community development corporation, Bridge of Hope, is in partnership and building a $100 million, 14-story student apartment tower for Temple University students directly across from the church. Dr. Johnson has promoted economic empowerment by investing and depositing millions of dollars into United Bank, a Philadelphia owned and operated African American bank. An avid and respected writer, he is a frequent columnist for the oldest continually running African-American newspaper, The Philadelphia Tribune.

Read more about Pr. Johnson on the Bright Hope website.

Download a flyer to reproduce and share (pdf format)

An offering will be received at both events to support the Wright Chair.

Watch Pr. Johnson’s talk at LTSP’s 2014 Spring Convocation

Recordings of Previous Lecture and Worship Celebrations

September 24, 2013 – The Rev. Dr. DeForest “Buster” Soaries

November 15, 2011 – The Rev. Dr. William Shaw

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