William L. Self Preaching Lectures

"Blue Note Preaching in a Post-Soul World" Self Preaching Lectures

March 14-15, 2016 

Mercer University, Atlanta Campus

3001 Mercer University Dr., Atlanta 30341

 Featuring Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, III, Pastor, Trinity United Church of Christ, Chicago, IL

The Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III is part of a new generation of ministers committed to preaching prophetically that the message of love and justice are The Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III is part of a new generation of ministers committed to preaching prophetically that the message of love and justice are inseparable companions, forming the foundation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 

He has published three books, and his sermons, articles, and poetry have appeared in various publications. 

Dr. Moss is Senior Pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago. He is the former pastor of the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Augusta, GA. 

He is an ordained minister in the Progressive National Baptist Convention and the United Church of Christ, carrying dual standing in both denominations. 

Dr. Moss is a native of Cleveland, OH, and a graduate of Morehouse College, Yale Divinity School, and Chicago Theological Seminary. He is married to his college sweetheart, the former Monica Brown of Orlando, FL. They are the proud parents of two “creative and humorous” children, Elijah Wynton and Makayla Elon. 

Conference Information 

All Lectures held in Cecil B. Day Hall 


Monday Evening, March 14

4:00 p.m. 

Lecture, Otis Moss III 

The Blues Moan and the Gospel Shout 

5:30 p.m. 

Dinner - by reservation only

Atlanta Trustees Dining Room 

7:00 p.m. 

Lecture, Otis Moss III 

Blues Sensibility 


Tuesday Morning, March 15 

9:45 a.m. 

Worship, Brett Younger 

A Time of Praying the Blues 

10:45 a.m. 

Lecture, Otis Moss III 

Hip-Hop Engagement with 

a Postmodern World 


Registration Fee: $40 for Lectures

$25 for Dinner


Complete the registration form and make check payable to McAfee School of Theology. Mail to:


Diane D. Frazier

McAfee School of Theology

3001 Mercer University Drive

Atlanta, Ga  30341-4115


The Registration Deadline has been extended to March 7. 


About the Lectures

The William L. Self Lectureship at Mercer University’s McAfee School of Theology was established in order to promote the practice of faithful and effective preaching of the gospel. The lecture series is named in memory of Dr. William L. Self, Pastor Emeritus of Johns Creek Baptist Church, Alpharetta, who was nationally recognized as a gifted preacher, pastor, author, lecturer, motivational speaker, and innovator in church growth. Dr. Self achieved considerable acclaim by leading Wieuca Road Baptist Church, Atlanta, to a place of prominence in Georgia and the nation. As pastor of Johns Creek, his leadership and influence brought the church to the vanguard of fast-growing churches. 

The purpose of the lectureship is to enlighten and inspire those whose calling is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. The lectures seek to instill in students and pastors a passion for better preaching by providing worthy models and by offering seasoned instruction and encouragement. Each year the lecture series features a nationally recognized preacher. This year we are honored to welcome the Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III as our featured speaker.

Hotel Information

Hampton Inn
2400 Northlake Parkway, NE 
Tucker, GA 30084
$109 per night (Breakfast and WIFI included; taxes and fees not included)