Alumni pastors to highlight Founders Day

We are proud to announce that Northern alumni and leading pastors Dr. Saul Ebema and Rev. Dr. Howard-John Wesley will serve as guest speakers during Northern’s Founders Day celebration at the Lisle Center on Thursday, October 12.

Dr. Ebema was born in war-torn South Sudan and earned master of divinity and doctor of ministry degrees from Northern. Today, he serves as senior pastor of Lombard Bible Church in Lombard, Illinois, and as president of the Saul Ebema Foundation, which helps children affected by South Sudan’s civil war.



Rev. Dr. Wesley is a fifth-generation Baptist preacher and serves as pastor of the historic Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria, Virginia. A Chicago native, Rev. Dr. Wesley earned his doctor of ministry from Northern and is regarded as one of the most prolific and prophetic voices of justice and grace in our generation. 


Dr. Ebema will speak during the Founders Day luncheon, which begins at 11:30 a.m. on October 12 at the Lisle Center. If you would like to attend the luncheon but have not yet RSVP’d, please email Faye Brown, Northern’s director of annual giving and special events, at

Dr. Ebema will also testify during the dedication of the Center for Urban Leadership, which will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. on Monday, October 9, at Hirsch High School: 7740 S. Ingleside Ave., Chicago, IL 60619

Rev. Dr. Wesley will speak during the dedication of the Lisle Center, which begins at 4 p.m. on October 12. No RSVP is required to attend the dedication service.

All members of the Northern community are welcome to attend Founders Day. A full schedule of the day’s events is below. More information is available at

Founders Day Schedule (Thursday, October 12)
All events at the Lisle Center: 410 Warrenville Road, Lisle, IL 60532

  • New Kind of Preacher Forum
  • Founders Day Luncheon
    • 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
    • If you would like to attend, please email Faye Brown at
  • Tours of the Lisle Center (1:30-3 p.m.)
  • Dedication of the Lisle Center and Fall Convocation (4-5:30 p.m.)
  • Reception honoring Dr. Karen Walker Freeburg (5:30-7 p.m.)

We hope you can join us to celebrate the New Northern.

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