William L. Self Preaching Lectures

Day Hall

2018 Self Preaching Lecturer: Dr. Raphael G. Warnock

Senior Pastor of the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church

February 26-27, 2018 

Mercer University, Atlanta Campus

3001 Mercer University Dr., Atlanta 30341

Click here to download the registration form.  Registration deadline is February 20.*

*The event is free to all seminary students in Atlanta, though registration is still required to attend. 

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. Raphael Warnock as our featured speaker.

About the Speaker

The Rev. Dr. Raphael G. Warnock has served, since 2005, as the Senior Pastor of the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, spiritual home of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  

Under Pastor Warnock’s leadership, more than 3,000 new members have joined Ebenezer, enhancing the Church’s legacy of social activism with both spiritual and numerical growth.  Several new ministries have been launched, including Worship Jericho Lounge, Young Adult Ministry and After Midnight (A Watch Night Worship Celebration).  

The Rev. Dr. Warnock graduated cum laude from Morehouse College in 1991 receiving the B.A. degree in psychology.  He also holds a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree from Union Theological Seminary, New York City, graduating with honors and distinctions.  He continued his graduate studies at Union, receiving a Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) degree and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in the field of systematic theology.  He is a member of alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and the 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Inc.  

Dr. Warnock is married to Mrs. Oulèye Ndoye Warnock and the couple has one daughter, Chloé.

Schedule of Events


Monday Evening, February 26

Tuesday Morning, February 7

4:00 p.m.

"Building an Interfaith Movement

to End Mass Incarceration"

9:30 a.m.

Coffee and Conversation

*The Davis Building Lobby


5:30 p.m.

Dinner (RSVP required)

*Atlanta Trustees Dining Room


11:00 a.m.

"A New Heaven and a New Earth"


7:00 p.m.

"When Prophets and Profits Collide"