Rev. Dr. H. Beecher Hicks, Jr., the senior minister of the historic Metropolitan Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., will deliver the annual Mitchell lecture on February 21 in Palmer Seminary's Laws Chapel, with the lecture program set to begin at 10 a.m. Rev. Hicks has served Metropolitan since 1977. He has established a strong reputation for cultivating partnerships between the church and the community. In fact, Metropolitan, whose annual operating budget exceeds $5 million, has become a national model for church and non-profit efficacy.
A prolific writer, Dr. Hicks has authored six books, including Preaching Through a Storm. In 1993 Ebony magazine named him one of America's "Fifteen Greatest African American Preachers."
The morning lecture is open to the public at no charge, as is the 2:30 p.m. worship service, with Rev. Hicks preaching. The 12:15 Mitchell Luncheon, sponsored by the Seminary's Black Seminarian Fellowship, requires reservations (with a February 16 deadline) at $25 per person. Bishop Audrey Bronson, pastor of the Sanctuary Church of the Open Door and President of the Black Clergy of Philadelphia and Vicinity, is the luncheon speaker.
Luncheon reservations (and payment) may be made via the seminary website by clicking on "Make a Gift" (to your left). You may also send a check made out to Palmer Seminary (along with the names of all attendees) to the Seminary, care of the Black Seminarian Fellowship/Marsha Brown Woodard. For more information, please call 484-384-2950 or 484-384-2980.
The Mitchell Lecture is held annually at Palmer Seminary to celebrate the African American church and preaching. It is named in honor of the late Rev. Dr. Frank B. Mitchell, the longtime pastor at Pinn Memorial Baptist Church who guided countless new pastors into service.