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2019March 10-14

A Forum on Black Preaching & Theology

A Forum on Black Preaching & Theology

Five sermons and one lecture by six distinguished African American preachers and theologians.

Local churches within the community host the evening worship services. All are welcome — come and be inspired!

Preaching With Power - United Lutheran Seminary

5 Days. 7 Events.

Sunday, March 10

7:30am & 10:45am

Sunday Morning Worship

Mt. Airy Church of God in Christ
6401 Ogontz Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19126

7:30AM Dr. Quintin L. Robertson
10:45AM Bishop J. Louis Felton

Funds collected at Mt. Airy Church of God in Christ will support the Bishop Ernest C. Morris Scholarship Fund.

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10:30am
Dr. Quintin L. Robertson - United Lutheran Seminary

Dr. Quintin L. Robertson

Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Germantown
41 West Rittenhouse Street
Philadelphia, PA 19144

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Monday, March 11

7pm

Rev. Dr. Marcus D. Cosby

Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Germantown
41 West Rittenhouse Street
Philadelphia, PA 19144

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Tuesday, March 12

11:30am

Rev. Dr. Marsha Brown Woodard

The Brossman Center at
United Lutheran Seminary

7301 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19119

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7pm
Jawanza Colvin

Rev. Dr. Jawanza K. Colvin

Dare to Imagine Church
6611 Ardleigh Street
Philadelphia, PA 19119

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Wednesday, March 13

11:30am
Cean James

Rev. Cean R. James '10

Schaeffer-Ashmead Chapel at United Lutheran Seminary
7301 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19119

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7pm

Rev. CeCee Mills

Reformation Lutheran Church
1215 East Vernon Road
Philadelphia, PA 19150

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Thursday, March 14

7pm

Bishop John R. Bryant

Tabor AME Church
961 N. 7th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123

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A Full Lineup of 6 Incredible Speakers

Rev. Dr. Marcus D. Cosby

Senior Pastor, Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church, Houston, TX

The Reverend Dr. Marcus D. Cosby, the third child born to the late Mr. Rogers Cosby and Mrs. Bobbie J. Cosby, serves as the Senior Pastor of Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church in Houston, Texas. A proud native of Chicago, Illinois and a product of Emmanuel Baptist Church where Dr. L.K. Curry served as pastor, Cosby received the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religion and English from Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, the Master of Divinity Degree in Homiletics and Christian Education from the Morehouse School of Religion at the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) in Atlanta, Georgia and the Doctor of Ministry Degree in Homiletics from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in Lombard, Illinois.

Dr. Cosby is married to his high school sweetheart, Mrs. Audrey Marie Cosby, and they have been blessed with three beautiful daughters, Adrienne Marie, Ashley Marie and Aliyah Marie and two sons, Marcus D., II and Matthew D. Cosby.

As the successor to the Founding Pastor of Wheeler Avenue, Dr. William A. Lawson, Pastor Cosby has been blessed to continue the ministry of this intentionally intergenerational congregation in the inner city of Houston, Texas since 2004, having served as Associate Pastor since 1998. With four Sunday worship services and a membership of more than 15,000, he has led the congregation to ensure its impact both on and far beyond the church campus with the inception of the Wheeler Avenue Christian Academy, serving children from 6 weeks old through the second grade; by opening a transitional housing facility for homeless single mothers in the Third Ward community of Houston; through cultivating a missional outreach in multiple villages in South Africa; and maintaining a passion for creatively impacting the lives of the forsaken and forgotten wherever they may be found.

As a consequence of his passion for qualitative preaching, Dr. Cosby has committed himself to equipping preachers for the work of the ministry. In addition to training the more than 100 ministers who comprise the Clergy Team of Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church, he serves as Adjunct Professor of Homiletics at Houston Graduate School of Theology and has taught the same at the Houston extension program of the ITC. In 2008, he was inducted into the Martin Luther King, Jr. Board of Preachers at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. And in 2013 he became the Founder and CEO of Preaching with Power and Authority Ministries, a corporation committed to the pedagogy and promotion of relevant biblical preaching for the 21st Century.

Additionally, Dr. Cosby is a member of the Board of Trustees of his beloved Alma Mater, Fisk University, where he serves as the Chair of the Academic Excellence and Student Engagement Committee; as well as a member of the General Alumni Association of the University. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Home Mission Board of the National Baptist Convention, USA, the Samuel Dewitt Proctor Conference, the African American Pulpit, the Houston Area Urban League, Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston, the Texas Commission for Community Service and Volunteerism, and as an Advisory Board Member of The Gardner C. Taylor Preaching Archives and Listening Room in Atlanta, Georgia. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity and a Life Member of the NAACP.

Among the gifts and talents with which God has blessed Pastor Cosby, none are more meaningful and fulfilling to him than preaching and teaching. He has been blessed to carry his ministry across the country and on the Mother Continent of Africa. He has lectured, preached and taught in numerous and varied settings, including conferences, conventions, retreats, revivals and on university and seminary campuses. Finally, Dr. Cosby seeks to encourage and empower all humanity through the timeless and transformative truths found in the Word of God.

Rev. Dr. Marsha Brown Woodard

Director of Supervised Ministries, Academic Advisor and Senior Lecturer in Christian Ministry, Palmer Theological Seminary

The Reverend Dr. Marsha Brown Woodard is a graduate of Ottawa University (Ottawa, Kansas), Eden Theological Seminary (Webster Groves, Missouri) and Lancaster Theological Seminary (Lancaster, PA) from which she received the Doctor of Ministry degree. She is a native of St. Louis, Missouri and was licensed and ordained by the Antioch Baptist Church.

She currently serves as Director of Supervised Ministries, Academic Advisor and Senior Lecturer in Christian Ministry at Palmer Theological Seminary, the Seminary of Eastern University, in St. Davids, PA. In addition to her ministry at Palmer, she serves as the “Resident Chaplain” for the Biblical Institute of the Zion Baptist Church of Ambler, PA. She also has a weekly broadcast that airs on Wednesday on WNAP, Gospel Highway 11. She has served as Pastor or on the Pastoral staff of congregations in Pennsylvania and Missouri.

Rev. Woodard currently serves as Director of Christian Education for PEKBA (Pennsylvania Eastern Keystone Baptist Association), Recording Secretary for the Baptist Pastors and Ministers Conference of Philadelphia and Vicinity, and Vice-President of the Mainline Black Interdenominational Ministers Alliance. She is a member of the Commission on Ministry of the Baptist World Alliance (BWA), serves as Vice-President of NewCORE (New Conversations on Race and Ethnicity, is the 1st Vice Moderator for the Region Board for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in PA, as well as serving as a member of other boards and committees both locally and nationally.

Dr. Woodard has preached and conducted workshops, seminars and retreats throughout the United States as well as in Africa. Her sermons have been included in numerous publications; she is the author of “I Was Tired Today”, and “I Choose To Thrive”. She was the writer for the Student book and Leaders Guide for the Fall 2017 Quarter of Judson Bible Journeys for Adults, the Adult Church School Curriculum for Judson Press.

Dr. Woodard is a member of the Saints Memorial Baptist Church in Bryn Mawr, where she serves as Senior Associate.

Rev. Dr. Jawanza K. Colvin

Senior Pastor, Olivet Institutional Baptist Church, Cleveland, OH

The Pastor Dr. Jawanza Karriem Colvin is the 6th pastor of the Olivet Institutional Baptist Church in Cleveland, OH. As servant-leader of this 4,000 member congregation, Pastor Colvin follows in its historic tradition of community builders, preacher-scholars and social activists.

Pastor Colvin is a cum laude graduate of Morehouse College, receiving a Bachelor of Arts (B.A) with a double major in History and Religion. He earned a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York City and holds a Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) from Columbia University.

A proponent of Christian praxis, Pastor Colvin has sought to integrate personal devotion and critical reflection into a ministry of social action and transformation. He has been a voice in the pulpit and activist in the community on matters of justice, equity and reform.

Pastor Colvin has distinguished himself as a clergy and civic leader, having been the recipient of numerous honors and citations noting his commitment to Christian ministry, scholarship and service. Among his recognitions include induction in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Board of Preachers of Morehouse College, the recipient of the William Augustus Jones Social Justice Award at the 25th Anniversary Celebration of the National Action Network in New York City and being named to Cleveland Power 100, among the most influential individuals in Northeast Ohio.

Committed to service in both the public square and within sacred walls, Pastor Colvin continues to serve on numerous community and faith-based organization, advisory boards, committees and working groups. He was a founding co-chair of Greater Cleveland Congregations (GCC), the largest multi-racial, interfaith social justice coalition in northeast Ohio and serves on the board of Cleveland Museum of Art, The Greater Cleveland Food Bank, The Martha Jennings Holdings Foundation and the St. Luke Foundation.

Pastor Colvin married to the lovely Allison Jaynes Colvin. Together, they are the proud parents of two sons, Asher and Philip.

Rev. Cean R. James '10

Senior Pastor, Grace Christian Fellowship, Philadelphia, PA

Reverend Cean James is the founding pastor of the Grace Christian Fellowship (GCF), and United Church of Christ congregation worshipping in Southwest Philadelphia and Mt. Airy. GCF is a welcoming church community that values “making room at the cross for everyone!” GCF is that rare combination of social justice advocate and Pentecostal fire! In just 13 years of organization, the Lord has blessed GCF to grow to over 600 members.

Rev. James completed his undergraduate studies at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in biology and received his Masters of Divinity from the Lutheran Theological Seminary of Philadelphia. Pastor James is currently a dissertation phase Doctoral candidate at Lancaster Theological Seminary.

Recently Pastor James joined the staff of the Pennsylvania Southeast Conference, UCC, as Associate Conference Minister of Congregational Development. In this role Pastor James works with the churches of the conference in renewal, vitality, growth, and planting new ministries. Pastor James is also the Director of the CityLights Network, a capacity building nonprofit in Southwest Philadelphia.

Rev. James is married to the former Kesha Barton of Columbia, SC. Kesha, a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, practices law in the public interest. They have been blessed with three sons, Clarence Milton, Jesse Joseph, and Cean Benjamin.

Rev. CeCee Mills

Associate Director for African Descent Ministries (ELCA)
Interim Pastor, Family of Faith Lutheran Church, Concord, NC

The Rev. Lucille "CeCee" Mills is a passionate powerful preacher who grew up in Greensboro, N.C. as a member of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church. Throughout her life, she served in many ways in her home church and even preached her first sermon at the age of nine. Pastor Mills has a twenty-two-year-old son Joshua Mills.

Pastor Mills attended Georgia Perimeter College in Tucker, Georgia and Agnes Scott in Decatur, Georgia. She completed her seminary studies as a student of the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary through the Lutheran Theological Center in Atlanta located on the campus of the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta.

Pastor Mills was ordained in 2004 by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. She served Rejoice Lutheran church from 2004 to 2011. She then served St. Timothy Lutheran Church in Norfolk Virginia as co-pastor until the end of 2013. In 2014 she did a three-month probe in west Charlotte to explore opportunities to plant a new ministry site. Currently, she is bi-vocational. She serves as Associate Director for African Descent Ministries deployed from the Churchwide (National) Headquarters of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in Chicago and as Interim Pastor for Family of Faith Lutheran Church in Concord, North Carolina.

Offering her time to the greater community is a high priority for Pastor Mills. She has served as an officer on the governing boards of the local and national African Descent Lutheran Association. She also served in the fight against homelessness as president of Our House Families Board of Directors in Chesapeake, Virginia for several years. In the Virginia Synod of the ELCA, she served on the Synod Council, the African Descent Strategy Team, the Stewardship of Life Team, and was active in the Women of the ELCA. Pastor Mills twice served as chaplain for the Women of the ELCA's nationwide Triennial Gatherings. She continues to serve on the churchwide Renewal Prayer Revival Team and was newly elected to the board of Lutheran Outdoor Ministries. She participates in marches and movements around the country for racial, social and economic injustice.

Pastor Mills' guiding scripture is Philippians 4:13: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. She relates that to her ministry gifts and asserts when her preaching, words or actions touch the heart of someone else, that it is God and not her. Pastor Mills' life is committed to being available to do God's work wherever that takes her and to always give God all the glory.

Bishop John R. Bryant

Retired Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church

Bishop John Richard Bryant is the son of the late Bishop Harrison James Bryant and Edith Holland Bryant. He was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland and is a graduate of Baltimore City College High School and is a graduate of Morgan State University in his hometown. After college, Bishop Bryant joined the Peace Corps and served as a volunteer in West Africa from 1965 to 1967.

He has taken seriously the words "study to show thyself approved…" Bishop Bryant received his B.A. in 1965 from Morgan State University, Master of Theology in 1970 from the Boston University School of Theology and a Doctor of Ministry degree in 1975 from the Colgate Rochester Divinity School. He also received several Honorary Doctoral Degrees from Wilberforce University, Paul Quinn College, Payne Theological Seminary, the Southern California School of Ministry, Virginia Seminary and his alma mater, Morgan State University. In addition, he was honored as an outstanding alumni of Boston University School of Theology and was inducted into the Baltimore City College High School Hall of Fame.

Bishop Bryant was a Martin Luther King, Jr. Fellow and while pursuing his doctoral studies at Colgate Rochester Divinity School, he completed special studies at the University of Lagos [Nigeria] and the University of Ghana at Legon and served as a Peace Corp volunteer.

"The spirit of the Lord is upon me…" is reflected in the witness of John Richard Bryant. He has pastored three churches, Bethel A.M.E. Church, Fall River, MA; St. Paul A.M.E. Church, Cambridge, MA; and Bethel A.M.E. Church, Baltimore, MD. Under his pastoral ministry, 103 men and women have entered the Christian Ministry. With an emphasis on church growth, community development and political empowerment, he has preached and/or taught on more than 35 college campuses and across five continents.

Bishop Bryant has served on several denominational, academic, community, ecumenical boards and was the recipient of many awards.

In 1988, John Richard Bryant was elected and consecrated the 106th Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church at the General Conference in Fort Worth, Texas. He was assigned to serve in the 14th Episcopal District (West Africa) where he presided over 101 churches and 25 schools. During his administration, he expanded the A.M.E. Church to include the first Francophone, the Ivory Coast. While in West Africa, he was given the additional assignment of the 10th Episcopal District (Texas) in January 1991.

Is God calling you to minister?

The Urban Theological Institute

The Urban Theological Institute (UTI) of the United Lutheran Seminary is dedicated to providing theological education with a focus on ministry in the Black Church. For over 38 years, students of various traditions have enhanced their education and ministry through UTI. Our programs provide opportunities for Philadelphia’s ministers and church leaders to prepare to serve Christ.

Preaching with Power

This year, UTI and ULS celebrate the 37th year of Preaching with Power. Since its inception, it has presented the finest in African American preaching and music. PWP is held annually in March and is hosted both on the ULS Philadelphia campus and in congregations throughout the community. Each of the preaching events are free and all offerings primarily benefit the Rev. Dr. Joseph Q. Jackson Endowed Scholarship Fund. On Sunday morning at Mt. Airy Church of God in Christ, an offering will be taken for the Bishop Ernest C. Morris Scholarship Fund.

The Rev. Dr. Joseph Q. Jackson Endowed Scholarship Fund

The Rev. Dr. Joseph Q. Jackson Endowed Scholarship Fund provides support for students preparing to serve the African American church community. The fund provides scholarships for entering students as well as merit awards given annually to the African American UTI student preparing for ordained ministry with the highest cumulative GPA.

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If you have a sense God may be calling you to be a minister, to serve as a social justice advocate, Christian educator, chaplain, teacher, or church leader, UTI can provide you with degree and certificate programs both relevant and upbuilding for the African American community.

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Dr. Quintin Robertson - United Lutheran Seminary

Meet the Director of UTI, Dr. Quintin Robertson

The Rev. Dr. Quintin L. Robertson, a native of Newark, NJ, holds ordination through the National Baptist Convention, USA and the Church of God in Christ. He serves as the Director of the Urban Theological Institute at the seminary overseeing the Black Church Studies Program. He also served as Director of Admission and Recruitment for the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta for 10 years. He conducts seminars and workshops and preaches at churches across denominational lines around the nation.