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Elevating Preaching Conference

All DayWingate Hall



Elevating Preaching 2013 will welcome three noted preachers who will inspire
you with their messages and dialogue with you about their sermons,
preparation, resources, and styles.


Guest Preachers

Anna Carter Florence is the Peter Marshall Associate Professor of Preaching at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. She is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and holds degrees from Yale College and Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div. and Ph.D.). Before joining the Columbia faculty in 1998, Anna served as an associate pastor for youth and young adults at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis. Her books include Preaching as Testimony and Inscribing the Word, and she is a frequent teacher and lecturer in this country and abroad. In the fall of 2012, she delivered the Lyman Beecher Lectures on Preaching at Yale Divinity School; her next book is based on those lectures. Anna and her husband, the Rev. David Carter Florence, have two lacrosse-playing sons, Caleb (Kenyon College 2014) and Jonah (Decatur High School 2014). They also have three dogs, two cats, two sheep and a flock of chickens.


Thomas G. Long is the Bandy Professor of Preaching at Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta. He has previously taught preaching at Princeton, Columbia, and Erskine Seminaries. He is the author of numerous books and articles on preaching and worship as well as biblical commentaries on Matthew and Hebrews. He served as the senior homiletics editor of The New Interpreter’s Bible, and he is an editor-at-large for the Christian Century. His latest books are Accompany Them with Singing: The Christian Funeral (2009), Preaching from Memory to Hope (2009), What Shall We Say? Evil, Suffering, and the Crisis of Faith (2011), and The Good Funeral: Death, Grief, and the Community of Care (2013). Emory University awarded him the Emory Williams Award for teaching excellence in 2011. His wife, Kimberly, also a Presbyterian minister, is professor of worship at Columbia Theological Seminary in Atlanta.


Luke A. Powery is the Dean of Duke Chapel and Associate Professor of the Practice of Homiletics at Duke Divinity School. Prior to his appointment at Duke, he served as the Perry and Georgia Engle Assistant Professor of Homiletics at Princeton Theological Seminary. His teaching and research interests are the intersection of preaching, worship, pneumatology, performance studies, and culture, particularly expressions of the African diaspora. He has written two books, Spirit Speech: Lament and Celebration in Preaching, and Dem Dry Bones: Preaching, Death, and Hope. Luke is ordained by the Progressive National Baptist Convention and has served in an ecumenical capacity in churches throughout Switzerland, Canada, and the United States.  In 2008 was named as one of “20 to Watch” by The African American Pulpit, an honor given to 20 outstanding black ministers under the age of 40 who are helping to shape the future direction of the church.



8:30am Arrival and Registration
9:00am Morning Prayer and Preaching Session with Anna Carter Florence
10:15am Steelman Lecture with Luke A. Powery
11:15am Break
11:30am Preaching Session with Thomas G. Long
12:45 – 2:00pm Lunch with Individual Preachers
2:15pm Panel with Preachers on Sermon Construction
3:00pm Closing Worship with Luke A. Powery



Registration is now closed. 


For those attendees who may be travelling long distance and need lodging, a list of local hotels close to the Wake Forest University campus is available here.


Travel and Transportation

Driving Directions and Parking

Although Elevating Preaching will be held in Wait Chapel on the campus of Wake Forest University, parking for the conference will be off-campus at BB&T Field, the Wake Forest Football Stadium, located on Deacon Boulevard. Directional signs will be in place on Deacon Boulevard and upon entering the stadium to guide you to parking. Click here to get directions to BB&T Field.

Getting to Campus After Parking

Shuttles will transport all conference attendees between Wait Chapel and BB&T Field.
    • Arrival: from 8:00 – 9:00am, shuttles will make round trips from BB&T Field to Lot P on the northeast 
       side of Wait Chapel.
    • Departure: from 4:00 – 5:00pm, shuttles will make round trips from Lot P to BB&T Field.
    • Throughout the day, a shuttle will make continuous trips between Lot P and BB&T Field. 



Contact the School of Divinity at divinity@wfu.edu or 336.758.3748 with questions.


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