The H.M.S. Richards Lectureship on Biblical Preaching is sponsored annually
by the SDA Theological Seminary at Andrews University to advance the theory
and practice of Bible-based, Christian preaching among seminarians, the professional
clergy, and interested lay persons.
It was originally established in the Columbia Union Conference, in 1957
as a lectureship in preaching--especially for the benefit of Seventh-day Adventist
It was named after Elder H.M. S. Richards, Sr., who for years was considered
the “Dean” of Adventist preachers, and was known and respected as
a pioneer religious broadcaster--having been the founder and long-time speaker
of the Voice of Prophecy radio program, a program that continues to this day.
Pastor Richards, himself, gave the first lectures in 1957, and again in
1966 and 1977. The lectureship continued on a near-annual basis until 1979,
featuring the top preaching professionals in the church. Unfortunately it was
discontinued for some 15 yrs.
In 1994 it was permanently restored as an annual lectureship on Biblical preaching
under the sponsorship of the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews
University in Berrien Springs, Michigan.
It now serves as an important resource for seminarians and Adventist pastors--as
well as for preachers and Christian communicators in other denominations. In
its new format, it is a lectureship on Biblical preaching and evangelism that
features outstanding preachers both inside and outside the Adventist Church.
Recent presenters include:
1994- Wilber Alexander and Winton Beaven
1995- Ivan Blazen and Louis Venden
1996- Melvin Warren
1997- Walter Pearson
1998- Haddon Robinson
1999- Morris Venden
2000- Frank Ottati
2001- Henry Wright
2002- Eugene Lowry
2003- Hyveth Williams
*AUDIO & VIDEO tapes of the lectureship are made available for purchase
each year. For further information on lectureship tapes please contact Jeanie Craig at (269) 471-6371.
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