Turnage speaker series to feature Duke pastor


The Rev. Dr. Luke Powery, dean of Duke Chapel, preaching in the chapel


Staff Writer

Monday, January 22, 2018

As part of the Frederick Turnage Distinguished Speaker Series of Conversations on Christian Leadership, the Rev. Dr. Luke Powery, dean of Duke University Chapel, will be coming to Lakeside Baptist Church.

The Frederick E. Turnage Distinguished Speaker Series is offered each year as the result of a gift from the family and friends of the late Fred Turnage, former mayor of Rocky Mount.

“The series seeks out experts with vast experience in the church, public service, the arts, business, education, the sciences, nonprofit organizations and other areas of our common life,” said the Rev. Jody Wright, senior minister of Lakeside Baptist Church in a statement to the press.

This year’s two-day event will begin on Sunday and will focus on the theme, “The Life Worth Living.” The series will begin at 11 a.m. Sunday when Powery will speak during the morning worship service in the sanctuary at Lakeside Baptist Church on the topic “What Should We Do?” At 7 p.m. Sunday, the series will continue on the topic “The Outer Life and the Inward Sanctuary” with a reception following the event.

At 10 a.m. Monday, the series will continue with coffee and conversation with Powery in Robbins Hall in the Kincheloe Building at the church. The topic of discussion will be “Spiritual Wisdom for Living in the World.” This event will be mainly for local clergy, who are invited to call the church office or register online for the session.

Powery, an associate professor of homiletics at Duke Divinity School, is a national leader in the theological study of the art of preaching.  He is the author of “Spirit Speech: Lament and Celebration in Preaching,” “Dem Dry Bones: Preaching, Death, and Hope” and his most recent work, “Rise Up, Shepherd! Advent Reflections on the Spirituals.”

Powery completed his undergraduate work at Stanford University where he earned a bachelors degree in music before earning a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and a Doctorate in Theology degree from Emmanuel College at the University of Toronto.

Powery was ordained by the Progressive National Baptist Convention and has served in churches throughout Switzerland, Canada and the United States. In 2008, the “African-American Pulpit” named him one of “20 outstanding black ministers under the age of 40 who are helping shape the future direction of the church.”  In 2014, he was inducted into the Martin Luther King Jr. Collegium of Scholars at Morehouse College for his ethical and spiritual leadership in the academy, church, and broader society, according to a press release from the church.

For more information about the event or to register for the Monday morning coffee session, call the church office at 252-446-0126 or visit the church website at www.lakesidechurchrmt.org.