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Armstrong to Lead Clamp Preaching Center

Leroy Armstrong
Texas pastor Leroy Armstrong has been appointed Executive Director of the newly created Clamp Center for Preaching Excellence at Anderson University.

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The Center is funded through the Compelling Preaching initiative of the Lilly Endowment and is headquartered within the University’s Clamp Divinity School.

Armstrong will lead The Clamp Center for Preaching Excellence in strengthening preaching in local churches through a variety of emphases, including developing effective educational curriculum and creating training cohorts for young pastors, with a special emphasis on African American pastors, who represent more than 50 percent of Clamp Divinity School’s enrollment.

The new Executive Director has a strong record of effective leadership, serving as a pastor of several churches in the Dallas metroplex as well as in Louisville. He has led Proclaiming the Word Ministries for nearly 30 years, and for several years served as director of the E.K. Bailey Preaching Conference, one of the nation’s premier events for African American pastors and preachers. Before transitioning into full-time ministry Armstrong served as a senior engineer.

Armstrong is a graduate of the University of Kansas and received his Master of Theology degree from Dallas Theological Seminary. He is currently in the PhD in Preaching program with Clamp Divinity School and did previous doctoral study at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville.

“We are excited to have someone with Leroy Armstrong’s pastoral and leadership experience leading this important new initiative,” said Michael Duduit, Dean of Clamp Divinity School. “Our goal is to ultimately impact thousands of churches through helping pastors more effectively proclaim God’s Word through preaching.”

Clamp Divinity School was established in 2009 as part of Anderson University and now offers a variety of masters and doctoral programs for theological and ministry training.

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