Palmer Seminary Presents the Frank B. Mitchell Lectureship Feb. 17

St. Davids, PA, January 9, 2014: Palmer Theological Seminary of Eastern University presents the annual Frank B. Mitchell Lectureship on Monday, February 17, at Monumental Baptist Church, 50th and Locust Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19143. The guest lecturer and preacher is the Reverend Dr. Frank A Thomas who will speak at 10 AM. Dr. Thomas is a Professor of homiletics and Director of the Academy of Preaching and Celebration at Christian Theological Seminary of Indianapolis, IN. He is the CEO of Hope For Life International, Inc., which formerly published The African American Pulpit. His newest book is the revised and updated version of They Like to Never Quit Praisin’ God: The Role of Celebration in Preaching, considered by many to be a classic. American Dream 2.0: A Christian Way Out of the Great Recession, was published by Abingdon Press in 2012. Preaching With Sacred Fire: An Anthology of African American Sermons, 1750 to the Present, co-edited by Martha Simmons, offers a rare view of the unheralded role of the African American preacher in American history.

Dr. Thomas holds a Ph.D. in communications from the University of Memphis, D.Min. degrees from Chicago Theological Seminary and United Theological Seminary, a Master of Divinity degree from Chicago Theological Seminary and a Master of Arts degree in African-Caribbean Studies from Northeastern Illinois University. He also serves as a member of the International Board of Societas Homiletica, an international society of homiletic professors.

The Mitchell Lecture will be followed by a luncheon at 12:15 PM. The luncheon speaker is the Reverend Marshall Mitchell, Pastor of Salem Baptist Church in Philadelphia, and the son of Dr. Frank B. Mitchell. Luncheon tickets are $25 per person and must be purchased by February 12. 

Purchase luncheon tickets online at, by mail to: Palmer Theological Seminary Black Seminarian Fellowship, 588 N. Gulph Road, King of Prussia, PA 19406 (make checks payable to Palmer Seminary). Or call 484-384-2393.

A worship service will follow the luncheon at 2:30 PM.

Along with Palmer Seminary, the Lectureship is sponsored by the Baptist Pastors’ and Ministers’ Conference of Philadelphia and Vicinity, and Palmer’s Black Seminarian Fellowship. 

This annual lectureship celebrating the history of the African American Church and preaching is named in honor of Reverend Dr. Frank B. Mitchell, Jr., who was pastor of Pinn Memorial Baptist Church for over 40 years. He led his congregation to new and larger fields of Christian service, and over the years was responsible for guiding many new ministers into service and directing them to Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, now Palmer Seminary, for training. Dr. Mitchell encouraged young and old alike to be proud of their spiritual and cultural heritage and urged all to strive towards the excellent example of Christ. His life was a prime exhibition of unfailing Christian love, coupled with a desire to serve others.

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