The Gardner C. Taylor Distinguished Preaching Series

May 01, 2014 - May 02, 2014 | Academy of Preaching and Celebration

Lectures at 1 pm, worship services at 7 pm, both days


Shelton Auditorium at Christian Theological Seminary

1000 W. 42nd Street

Indianapolis, IN, USA

The Gardner C. Taylor Distinguished Preaching Series, founded in 2001 by J. Douglas Wiley Taylor in New Orleans, Louisiana, is designed to allow attendees to listen to and learn from the greatest preachers and teachers of preaching in our time in honor of the "greatest preacher in the English-speaking world," Dr. Gardner Calvin Taylor.

The 2014 series is scheduled for May 1 – 2 at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, IN, with the theme "Gardner C. Taylor: Classical Preaching in a New Generation." The speakers are Rev. Dr. Martha Simmons and Rev. Dr. E. Dewey Smith.


Martha SimmonsRev. Dr. Martha Simmons is the Associate Minister at Rush Memorial United Church of Christ in Atlanta, GA. She is also the editor of The African American Lectionary. Reverend Simmons stands among the veterans in ministry. For more than 28 years, she has preached throughout America and in Africa and served in a variety of ministerial capacities. For the past 18 years, her primary ministry has been the codification, preservation, and elevation of African-American preaching for present and future generations. Through this work, she is providing homiletical models and approaches to ministry that promote excellence in African-American preaching and ministry.

E Dewey Smith JrRev. Dr. E. Dewey Smith Jr. is the Senior Pastor/Teacher of The House of Hope Atlanta located in Decatur, GA. He previously served as Senior Pastor of the Beulahland Bible Church in Macon, GA. A native of Macon, Dr. Smith received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion from Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA, his Master of Science degree from Southern Christian University in Montgomery, AL, and his Doctor of Ministry degree from the United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. He was inducted into the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Board of Preachers at Morehouse College as a Distinguished Preacher. Pastor Smith commenced his preaching ministry at the tender age of 17 and his pastoral ministry at 19. God has highly favored him by allowing explosive growth and outreach to accompany his ministry. Smith's broadcasts and media ministries have been viewed by millions around the world.


Thursday, May 1
1:00 pm Lecture – CTS Shelton Auditorium (1000 W. 42nd St.) – Rev. Dr. Martha Simmons, “Celebration for a New Generation”
7:00 pm Worship – First Baptist North (880 W. 28th St.) – Rev. Dr. Martha Simmons

Friday, May 2
1:00 pm Lecture – CTS Shelton Auditorium (1000 W. 42nd St.) – Rev. Dr. E. Dewey Smith, “Honoring the Scriptures for a New Generation”
7:00 pm Worship – Light of the World Christian Church (4646 N. Michigan Rd.) – Rev. Dr. E. Dewey Smith

Co-sponsored by:

Dr. Frank A. Thomas, The Academy of Preaching and Celebration at Christian Theological Seminary
Dr. Ivan Douglas Hicks, Pastor First Baptist North Indianapolis – Executive Director of GCTDPS
Dr. David Hampton, Pastor Light of the World Christian Church – Local Host Pastor


$35 individual—includes Thursday and Friday lectures
$10 non-CTS student—includes Thursday and Friday lectures
$100 Congregation—includes Thursday and Friday lectures for 4 members
No registration fee for CTS students
Worship services are free and do not require registration


Contact: Amelia Walker


Phone: 317-931-2319

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