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Bast Preaching Festival

November 7, 2016 @ 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

- $80.00

2016 Bast Preaching Festival

Proclaim! Celebrating the Word of God through Preaching

November 6-7, 2016 at Western Theological Seminary

Featuring Rev. Dr. Frank Thomas

Rev. Dr. Frank A. Thomas comes to us with 31 years experience serving as the Senior Pastor for two remarkable congregations:  New Faith Baptist Church of Matteson, IL and Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church of Memphis, TN. He currently serves as the Nettie Sweeney and Hugh Th. Miller Professor of Homiletics and the Director of the Academy of Preaching and Celebration at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, IN. He also taught preaching at McCormick Theological Seminary and Memphis Theological Seminary and wrote the homiletic classic, They Like to Never Quit Praisin’ God: The Role of Celebration In Preaching. With his long history of excellence in preaching and preaching method, Rev. Dr. Frank Thomas was inducted into the prestigious Martin Luther King Jr. Board of Preachers of Morehouse College in 2003.  He co-edited Preaching With Sacred Fire:  An Anthology of African American Sermons, 1750 to the Present. This critically acclaimed book offers a rare view of the unheralded role of the African American preacher in American history. Thomas is also the author of several other books on subjects from matters of prayer to spiritual maturity.

Thomas holds a PhD in Communications (Rhetoric) from the University of Memphis, a Doctor of Divinity from Christian Theological Seminary, Doctor of Ministry degrees from Chicago Theological Seminary and United Theological Seminary, a Master of Divinity from Chicago Theological Seminary, and a Master of Arts in African-Caribbean Studies from Northeastern Illinois University.  Frank Thomas and his wife, the Rev. Dr. Joyce Scott Thomas, each earned their Certified Professional Coaching Certificate (CPC) from the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC). While they are equipped to coach in corporate, executive, business, life, personal, or group settings, they are most passionate about enabling pastors and pastors’ spouses, as well as coaching in the area of preaching. Thomas’ most recent book, The Choice: Living Your Passion Inside Out, explains and explores the spiritual and coaching process to live your passion from the inside out.  Thomas is a nationally and internationally sought after keynote speaker and lecturer. He and Joyce have two adult children.
Registration opens in August.


November 7, 2016
8:30 am - 5:00 pm


Western Theological Seminary
101 E. 13th Street
Holland, MI United States
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