Annual Preaching Forum

The Preacher as The Proclaimer

Thursday, October 10, 2019

  • 11:30am – 1:00pm — Founder’s Day Luncheon (meal included in registration fee)
  • 2:00pm – Opening Lecture by Dr. David Fitch and Dr. Ingrid Faro
  • 3:30 p.m. – Opening Sermon by Dr. Sheridan Nelson
  • 7:00pm —  Opening Devotional by Pastor Paul Booth Jr. ; Sermon by Bishop Gary G. Hayles

Friday, October 11, 2019

  • 9:00am — Light Breakfast, Worship and Devotional Message by Rev. Gail Rice
  • 10:00am – 11:00am — Breakout Session
    • Women at the Well – Elder Kathy Wilfong
    • Should We Preach Social Justice – Bishop Terrell Fletcher
    • Am I a Motivator or Proclamator – Bishop Victor Couzens
    • Preaching to Millennials in the Now – Bishop Antwain Jackson
    • Anatomy of the Anointing – Bishop Ronald Godbee
  • 11:15am — Sermon by Dr. F. Bruce Williams, Bates Memorial Baptist Church (Louisville, KY)
  • 12:15pm –Closing Lunch Including Recognition of NKP Leaders and 2019 Proclaimer of the Year Award

(For hotels, please use this link to get the Northern group rate.  Hotel is ½ mile from the Lisle Center and rate includes wifi and full hot breakfast buffet)

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Dr. Gary Hayles
NKP Director
Northern Seminary




Dr. William Shiell
Northern Seminary






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When I was a young woman and a praise-and-worship leader in the church, I never thought my voice would be heard outside of singing. I never imagined my words would have the power to pierce the stoniest foundations. I never thought I’d have the God-given passion to address topics that mattered to others. Had I not begun my preaching journey by participating in a peer group in seminary, I might still feel the same way.

When I chose to attend seminary, I wasn’t entirely sure of my reasons. I saw pursuing an education as a vital component of being equipped, and I valued being prepared and equipped to serve. I also knew that people put stock in credentials. Yet the more I grew in the Lord, the more I realized that the preparation is what’s important, not the credentialing. My preaching peer group helped me gain that awareness.


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