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H. Beecher Hicks Jr. and David Rhoads are featured speakers during June ACTS Preaching Residency at LSTC

Posted Jun 4, 2008

On June 24 at 7 p.m., the Rev. Dr. H. Beecher Hicks Jr., senior minister of the Metropolitan Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., will present a special lecture, "Some Challenges and Promises of Contemporary Black Preachers or ‘The One You Be Calling for in These Last and Evil Days!'" in the Augustana Chapel of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC).

On June 30 and July 1, the Rev. Dr. David Rhoads, professor of New Testament at LSTC will present the Don M. Wardlaw Lectures from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in the Augustana Chapel at LSTC. Dr. Rhoads will lecture on "Scripture as Performed Event" on Monday and Tuesday, and give a dramatic presentation of Jesus' Sermon on the Mount on Wednesday. 

The lectures are part of the ACTS Doctor of Ministry in Preaching residency held each summer at LSTC. The lectures are free and open to the public. On June 24, a freewill offering for scholarships for students in the preaching program will be gathered. Augustana Chapel at LSTC is at 1100 East 55th Street, Chicago.

During the ACTS Doctor of Ministry in Preaching residency, preaching students lead daily worship in the Augustana Chapel, 11:30-12 noon Tuesday, June 16 through July 3. Students in the preaching program come from a variety of denominations.

In his more than 30 years as pastor of the 6,000-member Metropolitan Baptist Church, Dr. Hicks has developed what is described as "one of the world's foremost Christian congregations." He is the author of six books and has been designated as one of America's Fifteen Greatest African American Preachers.

Dr. Rhoads' teaching and research focus on narrative criticism, social science criticism, intercultural criticism, and performance criticism. He memorizes and presents biblical works "by heart" including the Book of Revelation, the Gospel of Mark, and the Letter to the Galatians. He is an avid environmentalist who advises the LSTC Green Zone group and supervises the Web of Creation web site ( He assists congregations and other church bodies in becoming "greener" by reducing energy consumption and waste.

The ACTS Doctor of Ministry in Preaching program is jointly sponsored by seven Chicago seminaries: Chicago Theological Seminary, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, McCormick Theological Seminary, North Park Theological Seminary, Northern Baptist Seminary, and Seabury-Western Theological Seminary. The program produces transformed preaching in congregations and other ministry contexts by combining course work with leading homileticians in an ecumenical learning environment and preaching projects that are integral to the life and mission of participants' ministry contexts.


Craig A. Satterlee
Dean, ACTS DMin in Preaching Program


Jan Boden
Director of Communications

The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago forms visionary leaders to bear witness to the good news of Jesus Christ. Its approximately 290 students come from all parts of the United States and from around the world to study in the masters level and advanced studies programs. Graduates become pastors, other church leaders, and university and seminary professors. LSTC is a seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and a member of the Association of Chicago Theological Schools, allowing students to cross-register among the 12 member seminaries and drawing on a wealth of ecumenical resources. LSTC enjoys a number of cooperative arrangements with the University of Chicago.

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