The annual Gardner C. Taylor Lecture Series sponsored by the Office of Black Church Studies at Duke Divinity School seeks to equip ministers and pastoral leaders with new and innovative perspectives to proclaim the Gospel with power and precision in the present age. The series honors the legacy of Gardner C. Taylor, an effective pastor, compelling preacher, and prolific author. His written sermons and recordings, with his high capacity to discern the “strange angles” of scripture and spirit, continue to instruct, inform, and inspire. Taylor’s enduring legacy emerges from his fruitful 42 years as senior pastor at Concord Baptist Church of Christ in Brooklyn, N.Y. During his tenure, he faithfully and effectively served his “present age.”
Join the Office of Black Church Studies for a day of worship, conversations, and a lecture to encourage seminarians, practitioners, theologians, and community partners. The 2021 guest lecturer will be Rev. Dr. Frederick D. Haynes, III.
Rev. Dr. Frederick Douglass Haynes, III, the guest lecturer, is a prophetic pastor, passionate leader, social activist, eloquent orator, and educator engaged in preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ and fighting against racial injustice. Dr. Haynes is also committed to and has devoted his life to economic justice and empowerment in under-served communities and touching and transforming the lives of the disenfranchised. For the past 38 years, Dr. Haynes has served as a visionary and innovative senior pastor of Friendship-West Baptist Church in Dallas, Tex. Under his servant leadership, the ministry and membership of the church have grown from less than 100 members in 1983 to over 12,000.
In 1982, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in religion and English. Dr. Haynes also earned a Master of Divinity degree at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary as well as a Doctor of Ministry degree at the Graduate Theological Foundation, where he was afforded the opportunity to study at Christ Church, Oxford University in England. Dr. Haynes is currently pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy degree in African American preaching and sacred rhetoric.
A published author, he authored “Soul Fitness with Frederick D. Haynes, III,” an inspirational and motivational daily devotional published in 2007. Dr. Haynes’ 2008 publication, “Healing Our Broken Village,” addresses the issues that have contributed to broken communities and lives. Dr. Haynes’ most recent book, “Rockin’ The World With Your Words: An Essential Guide To Developing And Delivering A Life-Changing Message” (2019), draws from his own experiences and outlines a plan for all speakers, novice or seasoned, to successfully craft and deliver messages that engage, inspire, and evoke change.
The schedule of events for the 2021 Gardner C. Taylor Lecture Series on September 14, 2021:
- 11:45 a.m.: Worship service with the Rev. Frederick Haynes III, Ph.D., preaching in person and on the Duke Divinity YouTube channel.
- 3:30 p.m.: Gardner C. Taylor Lecture (0016 Westbrook, Duke Divinity School)