Gardner C. Taylor Receives Festschrift

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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Dr. Gardner C. Taylor, one of nation’s most influential preachers, will be presented with a festschrift titled “Our Sufficiency is of God: Essays on Preaching in Honor of Gardner C. Taylor” and published by Mercer University Press.

Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Ala., along with members of the Duke Divinity School community, will present the festschrift to Taylor during a reception and ceremony Feb. 15 at 2 p.m. in the Alumni Memorial Common Room at the Duke school

Duke University President Richard Brodhead will attend the event to bring greetings from the university.

Recognized as the “dean of preachers in America today,” Taylor, 91, served for more than 42 years as pastor of Concord Baptist Church of Christ in Brooklyn, N.Y. He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Bill Clinton in 2000. He and his wife are retired and live in Raleigh, N.C.

“Gardner Taylor captures the whole American experience in one lifetime,” said Rick Lischer, James T. and Alice Mead Cleland Professor of Preaching at Duke Divinity School. “He has not only seen enormous change, he was at the forefront of it. This will be a good opportunity for our community to celebrate his leadership and to remember his long association with our Divinity School.”

Read an article about Taylor.

For details about the event, contact Rick Lischer, 919-660-3421.