Forbes to Visit Baylor on Effective Preachers Program

Jan. 8, 1997

WACO, Texas - Dr. James Forbes Jr., senior minister of the Riverside Church in New York City, N.Y., will speak at Baylor University on Wednesday, Jan. 15, as part of the continuing Effective Preachers program.

Forbes will speak to Baylor students at 10 a.m. during Chapel-Forum and at 7 p.m. in Waco Hall. The Brentwood Baptist Church Choir of Houston will sing during the 7 p.m. service, which is open to the public.

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 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.

Many of the 12 preachers plan to visit 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 (817)


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