2013 Gardner C. Taylor Video Available
Video is now available of the 2013 Gardner C. Taylor lecture and sermons featuring the Rev. Martha Simmons.
Simmons is an associate minister at Rush Memorial United Church of Christ in Atlanta, Ga. She currently resides in Atlanta and is a native of Tchula, Miss. For more than 25 years, Simmons has preached throughout the U.S. and in Africa and has served in a variety of ministerial capacities. For the past 18 years, she has served as the “preaching scribe” for the black church through the codification, preservation, and elevation of African-American preaching for present and future generations. In this work, she provides homiletical models and approaches to ministry that promote excellence in African-American preaching and ministry.
On Sept. 24, Simmons gave a lecture titled "Changes in the Mechanics of Preaching at the Dawn of the 21st Century, Particularly in African American Contexts" (available below) and a sermon, “Is Your Name on the Visitor’s Log?” The following day, she delivered a sermon titled “A Powerful Thorny Life.”
Since 1975, the Gardner C. Taylor Lecture Series has brought outstanding black preachers to Duke University. The lectures are named in honor of the Rev. Dr. Gardner C. Taylor, pastor emeritus of Concord Baptist Church of Christ in Brooklyn, N.Y.