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Former president of biggest Baptist seminary in Europe to lecture on preaching Oct. 22-23 at Anderson University

October 3, 2013

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Michael Quicke, former Principal of Spurgeon’s College, will present the third annual session of the John A. Broadus Lectures on Preaching October 22-23 at Anderson University. Sponsored by Anderson University’s College of Christian Studies, the Broadus Lecture series is an annual event for students and church leaders honoring one of the nation’s pioneering teachers of preaching. The theme for the 2013 lectures will be “The Dangerous Act of Preaching.”

A native of the United Kingdom, Quicke now serves as Charles Koller Professor of Preaching and Communication at Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in suburban Chicago. Educated at both Cambridge and Oxford Universities, he spent 21 years in pastoral ministry in the United Kingdom. While serving as pastor of St. Andrews Street Baptist Church in Cambridge, that center-city congregation grew from 70 to more than 500 regular attenders. From 1993 to 2000, he served as Principal (President) of Spurgeon’s College in London, England, the largest Baptist theological seminary in Europe, before beginning his teaching role in the U.S. Among his books are 360-Degree Preaching, 360-Degree Leadership, and Preaching as Worship.

Attendance at the lectures is free and open to the public. Lectures will be held Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Quicke will preach for campus worship on Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 10:10 a.m., then bring the concluding lecture at 2:00 p.m.

“Michael Quicke is a significant influencer of preaching today – through both his speaking and his books, and we are delighted that he will be a part of this lecture series,” explains Dr. Michael Duduit, dean of AU’s College of Christian Studies. “We are also glad that our students and guests will have an opportunity to hear him preach during university worship as well as discuss preaching in the lectures.”

The lectureship is named in honor of John A. Broadus, who was one of the four founding faculty members in 1859 of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Greenville, South Carolina; the seminary moved to Louisville, Kentucky in 1877. He served as professor of preaching and later president of the seminary. His classic book, On the Preparation and Delivery of Sermons, was written while teaching in Greenville and was the nation’s preeminent text on the subject for the next century.

“Broadus was the father of modern expository preaching, and today’s great evangelical preachers are his legacy,” notes Dr. Duduit, who serves as executive editor of Preaching magazine in addition to his role at AU. “We are blessed to be able to reclaim this important part of South Carolina’s Christian heritage through recognizing the Broadus name in connection with this significant annual lectureship.”

For more information, contact the College of Christian Studies at (864) 328-1809, or e-mail

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