'Preacher's Preacher' to Speak to Waco Community Nov. 3

Oct. 27, 1997

WACO, Texas - Dr. James Forbes, Jr., senior minister of the Riverside Church in New York City, will lead a Baylor University and Waco community worship service at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3, in Jones Concert Hall of the McCrary Music Building.

Forbes also will speak to Baylor students at 10 a.m. on Monday during Chapel-Forum. The presentations represent the university's Effective Preachers Program. The Brentwood Baptist Church choir of Houston will provide special music at the 7 p.m. service.

Serving as senior minister of Riverside since 1989, Forbes is the first African-American to serve as senior minister of the church. It is one of the largest multicultural congregations in the country. Ebony Magazine named Forbes one of "America's Greatest Black Preachers" in 1984 and 1993. Before serving at Riverside, Forbes served as a professor of preaching at Union Theological Seminary in New York City since 1976, and is currently an adjunct professor at Union and a member of the core teaching staff at Auburn Theological Seminary in New York.

In national and international religious circles, Forbes' colleagues call him the "preacher's preacher" because of his extensive preaching career and his charismatic style. Forbes has often said, "I would rather preach than eat."

In February 1996, Baylor named 12 individuals as the most effective preachers in the English-speaking world, according to a worldwide survey.

Ten of the 12 preachers visited Baylor to deliver sermons during the 1996-97 academic year and to receive the newly created "Baylor Great Preachers" award. Included in the great preachers list are the Rev. Billy Graham and Dr. Charles Swindoll.

For more information contact the Office of Denominational Ministries at (254) 710-3522.

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