William L. Self Preaching Lectures

March 11-12, 2024

This year we are delighted to welcome Rev. Dr.Teresa Fry Brown, Bandy Professor of Preaching at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology, to deliver the William L. Self Preaching Lectures at Mercer University’s McAfee School of Theology.

The event is free to local seminary students, but registration is required.

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Schedule of Events

Monday, March 11, 2024

Board of Visitors (BOV)

12:00 p.m. – BOV Luncheon, Atlanta Conference Center, Atrium

1:00 p.m. – BOV Meeting, Atlanta Conference Center 245

3:10 p.m. – BOV Group Photo, Bear Statue

McAfee Oak Dedication

3:30 p.m. – McAfee Oak Dedication Service, McAfee Lawn

3:45 p.m. – McAfee Oak Dedication Reception, Cecil B. Day Hall Breezeway

Self Lecture Series Begins

4:00 p.m. – Check-in, Cecil B. Day Hall Lobby

4:30 p.m. – “The Sound of the Genuine: Avoiding the Clone Mentality,” Cecil B. Day Hall Auditorium

5:45 p.m. – Dinner, Trustees Dining Room, Atlanta Campus (Registration Required)

7:00 p.m. – “Reading the Room: Preaching through Social Cultural Lenses, Cecil B. Day Hall Auditorium

Tuesday, March 12, 2024

10:00 a.m. – Coffee, Cecil B Day Hall Breezeway

11:00 a.m. – “More than a Trend: Preaching and Popular Culture,” Cecil B. Day Hall Auditorium

12:15 p.m. – Lilly Grant Sponsored Luncheon, Trustees Dining Room B, space limited, registration required     

12:15 p.m. – Preaching Co-hort Luncheon, Theology Board Room, Co-hort membership required

Rev. Teresa L. Fry Brown, PhD is the Associate Deann of Academic Affairs and Bandy Professor of Preaching at Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Additionally, she is the fourteenth Historiographer, the editor of the A.ME. Review Executive Director of Research and Scholarship and President of the General Officers’ Council of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Dr. Fry Brown served as Director of Black Church Studies at Candler 2007-2015.  Dr. Fry Brown obtained a Doctor of Philosophy in Religious and Theological Studies from the Iliff School of Theology and the University of Denver, with an emphasis in Religion and Social Transformation (1996). She earned a Master of Divinity from Iliff School of Theology (1988), Master of Science degree (1975) and Bachelor of Science degree (1973) in Speech Pathology and Audiology from the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Missouri.

Dr. Fry Brown has extensive teaching and preaching experience in national, international academic and ecumenical settings. A prolific author, Dr. Fry Brown’s books include Delivering the Sermon: Voice, Body and Animation in Proclamation, Fortress Press (2008); Can A Sister Get a Little Help: Advice and Encouragement for Black Women in Ministry, Pilgrim Press (2008); God Don’t Like Ugly:  African American Women Handing on Spiritual Values Abingdon Press (2000); Weary Throats and New Song: Black Women Proclaiming God’s Word Abingdon Press (2003) and the 2006 African American History Devotional, Abingdon Press (2006).  Additionally, she has published fifty other reviews, chapters, and commentaries.

Dr. Fry Brown is a member of the American Academy of Religion (Steering Committee of Womanist Approaches to Religion and Society Group), Society for the Study of Black Religion, and the Academy of Homiletics (First Vice President 2021, President, December 2022). She was honored for her academic achievements at the Eighteenth Annual Black Religious Scholar Group Consultation at the American Academy of Religion (2015), Emory-Williams Distinguished Teaching Award (2017), Samuel Dewitt Proctor Beautiful Are the Feet Award (2019), and Turner Theological Seminary Lifetime Achievement Award (2021). She is an ordained Itinerant Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church and an Associate Minister at New Bethel A.M.E. Church, Lithonia, Georgia.

A native of Independence, Missouri Dr. Fry Brown is the second oldest of seven children of (late) William M. Fry Sr. and (late) Naomi Parks Fry.  She is the mother of Veronica (Jonathan) Perry and proud “Fab G” to Jonathan David Perry. She is a member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Dr. Fry Brown’s life is governed by the words of the Prophet Isaiah “Those whose hope is in the Lord gain new strength” and Zora Neale Hurston, “There are years that ask questions and years that answer.”

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.

Click here to see past speakers.