Asbury Students to Speak at Louisville Festival

Two Asbury University students will gather with more than 100 young people from across the United States for several days of preaching and fellowship at the National Festival of Young Preachers in Louisville, Ky., on Jan. 2-5.

Keith Turner ’13, a Bible/Theology major, and Caleb Wheat ’14, a Christian ministries major, will each deliver a sermon based on Matthew 5-7 before their peers and an evaluator. Intended to encourage and inspire, the festival is not competitive, but rather an opportunity for youth ages 14 to 28 to meet and practice their vocational call to preaching.

“Preaching plays a major role in where I’m going with my life,” Wheat said. “I am called to pastoral ministry in the United Methodist Church, so I will be preaching often. I hope to gain more experience and greater understanding of how preaching is throughout all parts of the Church. I cannot wait to hear sermons from my peers in all denominations and traditions!”

In addition to the young people’s sermons, festival participants also will hear from plenary speakers Fr. Jeffrey Nicolas, pastor of the Cathedral of the Assumption in Louisville; Rev. Safiyah Fosua, director of transformational preaching ministries at the United Methodist General Board of Discipleship in Nashville; and Rev. Dan Boone, president of Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville.

Asbury University is a founding partner of the Academy of Preachers, an ecumenical initiative that began in 2009 and organizes the festival. The Department of Christian Studies and Philosophy will sponsor Wheat and Turner’s attendance at the festival.

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