Oct. 16, 2007
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Baldwin City, Kan. — Regarded as the pre-eminent living teacher of preaching, ordained minister Fred Craddock will be the featured speaker at the “Union of Mind and Spirit Lecture” on Thursday, Oct. 25, at First United Methodist Church, Eighth and Grove streets.

“From large city cathedrals to small country churches, Dr. Fred Craddock has captivated worshipping congregations with his story-telling ability and his way of speaking the Christian message heart-to-heart in memorable ways,” said the Rev. Ira DeSpain, minister to Baker University.
Craddock, the Bandy Distinguished Professor of Preaching and New Testament at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, will lead Baker University’s weekly chapel service at 11 a.m. on Oct. 25 at First United Methodist Church. He plans to discuss the influence of history from a spiritual and social perspective.

Before joining Emory, Craddock served as chair of the Darbeth Distinguished Professor of Preaching and New Testament at the graduate seminary of Phillips University in Enid, Okla. Craddock received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Johnston Bible College in Knoxville, Tenn., in 1950, a Bachelor of Divinity from Phillips in 1953 and a Doctor of Philosophy in New Testament from Vanderbilt in 1964.

After speaking at the 11 a.m. service, Craddock will address religious professionals during a workshop at 2 p.m. at the Methodist Church.