Elevating Preaching 2019

to be held in the Goodson Chapel of Duke Divinity School
Monday, September 16, 2019


The pulpit at Whaleman’s Chapel in Moby Dick “was in the likeness of a ship’s bluff bows, and the Holy Bible rested on a projecting piece of scroll work, fashioned after a ship’s fiddle-headed beak.” When the preacher ascended into the lofty pulpit, rather than climbing a set of stairs, he rose in sailor-like fashion by means of a rope ladder. It is a powerful image of the Word proclaimed from the pulpit as the leading edge of the church.


This year’s theme for Elevating Preaching is “Leading from the Pulpit.” We have a remarkable program with sermons from the Rev. Dr. Naomi Tyler Lloyd, pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in Bronx, New York, and the Rev. Dr. Amy Butler, recently of Riverside Church in New York City. Duke Divinity Dean L. Gregory Jones and Professor Kate Bowler will deliver lectures on the theme during the meeting. Come join us in the elevation of preaching on September 16.


Our Featured Preachers . . .


 Amy Butler
Recent Senior Pastor
Riverside Church, NYC 






Kate Bowler
Associate Professor of the History of Christianity in North America
Duke Divinity School



Greg Jones
Dean of the Divinity School and Ruth W. and A. Morries Williams Jr. 
Distinguished Professor of Theology and Christian Ministry

Duke Divinity School





Naomi Tyler-Lloyd
Senior Pastor
Trinity Baptist Church, Bronx, NY



 The event cost is $45, and this includes
programming fee, 
lunch and parking.  

Registration ends September 11.

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