By Gerard Flanagan, news writer/photographer/social media, Office of University Communications
CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – Dr. Lewis Brogdon, research professor of Preaching and Black Church Studies at the Baptist Seminary of Kentucky and chair of the Department of Religious Studies at Simmons College in Louisville, Ky., will speak at Campbellsville University’s first chapel for the spring semester at 10 a.m., Jan. 19, at Ransdell Chapel, 401 N. Hoskins Avenue, Campbellsville, Ky.
Brogdon, a popular preacher, lecturer and panelist, will speak as part of the university’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. chapel.
Being an ordained minister of nearly 30 years, he has pastored churches in Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio. Brogdon served numerous positions in both undergraduate and graduate colleges/universities as either a professor or an assistant professor.
Brogdon was an assistant professor of New Testament and Black Church Studies and Religion and Biblical Studies at Louisville Presbyterian Seminary at Claflin University. He was also an associate professor of Christian Studies at Bluefield College.
Brogdon was the founding director of Louisville Presbyterian Seminary’s Black Church Studies program. He was also the provost at Simmons College of Kentucky and dean of institutional effectiveness and research at Bluefield College.
Brogdon has lectured at Louisville Presbyterian Seminary, Interdenominational Theological Center, the University of Chicago Divinity School, Claflin University and Radford University on nihilism in black America.
Brogdon was a keynote speaker at a city-wide Martin Luther King dinner in Dayton, Ohio.
Brogdon received an invitation to the White House in 2014. Brogdon has written multiple books such as “A Companion to Philemon” and “The Spirituality of Black Preaching.”
He has been a special guest on Black Politics Today and presents workshops at major conferences like Hampton Ministers Conference at Hampton University, the Global 21 Congress in Jerusalem and the annual congress for the National Baptist Convention of America (NBCA).
Other confirmed chapel speakers for the spring semester include the following:
Jan. 26 — Kamal Maddala, evangelist from India; Feb. 2 — Dr. Joseph Owens, senior pastor at Shiloh Baptist Church in Lexington, Ky., and a member of the Campbellsville University’s Board of Trustees (Black History Month);
Feb. 9 – Relationships Panel (Valentine’s Conversation); Feb. 16 — Demetria Gilkey, motivational Christian speaker and Campbellsville University 2020 alumna; Feb. 23—Geo Gibson, Southland CC, OMAC founder and motivational speaker;
March 2 — Dr. Dwayne Norman, Campbellsville Baptist Church, with Dr. Corey Bonds, assistant professor of music and director of bands, and the Campbellsville Baptist Church Worship Band; March 16—Nancy Cox, LEX18 news anchor who attended Campbellsville College in 1987;
March 23 — Dr. Lauren Willis, associate professor of human performance and physical education, to lead panel discussion with Ginger High-Colvin, Shannon Wathen and Christi Thomas in honor of Coach Donna Wise (Women in Sports Month);
March 30 — Matt Flanagan, Kentucky Baptist Convention Children/Student Ministry Consultant; April 6 — David Cozart, administrator of development, Urban League of Lexington-Fayette County and member of the Campbellsville University Board of Trustees;
April 13 — Robertson Worship Committee (Holy Week); April 20 – Student Panel; and April 27 – Honors and Awards Day.
There is no chapel on March 9 due to Spring Break.
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