• Truett professor among speakers at national preaching conference

    Hampton Institute Speakers 2008In 1914, a group of 40 ministers got together in Virginia to address the growing concerns of the African-American church and its relationship to the community. The gathering became an annual conference, and the 94th annual Hampton Institute at Hampton University convened earlier this month.

    About 8,000 people attended the inter-denominational conference, which is widely considered to be the largest gathering of African-American preachers and laity in the country for the purpose of hearing preaching. Among the speakers at this year’s conference was Dr. Joel Gregory, a 1970 Baylor graduate and professor of preaching at Truett Seminary. Gregory was the Noon Day Preacher on Days 2, 3 and 4 of the event, and is among a very few — perhaps the only — non-African-American(s) to speak at the conference in modern history.

    Sic ’em, Dr. Gregory!