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Lectureship on Preaching

The lectureship is inspired by the lasting influence of Calvin E. Moseley (MA), the first African-American teacher of preaching at OU beginning in 1934, and his immediate successor Clarence T. Richards (MA), 1951. Mervyn Warren (PhD, DMin) followed Richards in 1968, and Benjamin F. Reaves (DMin) came after Warren in 1978 as Warren joined the OU administration.

He returned to the Religion Chairmanship when Reaves proceeded to  the OU presidency in 1985. Combine the 19- plus years of Moseley (including teaching after retirement), the 21 years of Richards, the 26-plus years of Warren, and the 15 years of Reaves, and you get an aggregate of at least 85 years of homiletic instruction by those who taught most as full-time preaching professors. (Other homiletic tutors over the years at Oakwood include Finbar Benjamin, James Doggette, Leslie Pollard and Wesley Knight.)



Presentations on theory and practice of biblical preaching are in keeping with the objectives of the lectureship under the auspices of the School of Religion. Speakers will be selected who are deemed 1) academically prepared; 2) familiar with homiletic theory; 3) experienced in practical pulpit proclamation;  and 4) reflective of a personal ethos that encourages Christian principles.

While the presenter provides scholarly and pragmatic lectures, he/she is at liberty to deliver also a sermon as a companion piece, both parts to be discussed afterwards by respondents and audience. The lectureship rallying motto is: “Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage — with great patience and careful instruction…” 2 Timothy 4:2-5 (NIV).



The families of Benjamin F. Reaves (DMin) and Mervyn A. Warren (PhD, DMin) are founding this preaching lectureship, providing the initial endowment, and inviting all who appreciate the preaching education program at Oakwood University to contribute to its life and growth. Financial contributions may be sent to: The Reaves-Warren Lectureship/ Office of Advancement and Development/ Oakwood University/7000 Advancement Blvd., NW/ Huntsville, Alabama 35896.



The inaugural convening of the lectureship is projected to take place during the Annual Alumni Weekend on the campus of Oakwood University, Friday, April 14, 2017.



The lectureship intends to perpetuate the primacy of proclamation in fulfilling the inspired imperative: The rallying motto is: “Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage — with great patience and careful instruction…” 2 Timothy 4:2-5 (NIV).

An Enriching Experience On Pulpit Proclamation

Presented by The School of Religion Oakwood University Huntsville, Alabama

Financial contributions to the endowment are appreciated and tax deductible. Send to:

The Reaves-Warren Lectureship
Office of Advancement and Development Oakwood University
7000 Advancement, Blvd., NW Huntsville, Alabama 35896



Contact Us

Dean: Dedrick Blue, D.Min.
Phone: (256) 726-7365
Email: dblue@oakwood.edu