Public Theology Lecture: Race Matters through the Lenses of a Local Pastor
Speaker: Rev. Dr. Michael Nabors
Time: 11:10 a.m.
Location: Room 205
The Reverend Dr. Michael C. R. Nabors is senior pastor of the Second Baptist Church of Evanston, Illinois. He was called to the church in December of 2014 after serving New Calvary Baptist Church of Detroit, Michigan for sixteen years. He also served as Assistant Pastor at Shiloh Baptist Church of Trenton, New Jersey and as Pastor of First Baptist Church of Princeton, New Jersey.
Most recently, Dr. Nabors has also served as Director of the Master of Divinity and Student Life Programs at Ecumenical Theological Seminary in Detroit where he is professor of Homiletics and African American Religious History. He also taught at Ashland Theological Seminary in Ashland, Ohio; Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan; and Marygrove College in Detroit, Michigan for the past ten years. His primary academic interest is in helping students practice homiletical preparation for preaching in the changing world of the 21st century. He has used Samuel Proctor’s "Hegelian dialectic," Paul Scott Wilson’s "Four Pages of the Sermon," and William Buechner’s literary genre as a foundation for his preaching courses. His primary church interest is in building bridges to erase the gap between community and university, the African American religious experience and the academy.
Dr. Nabors earned his undergraduate degree in English and Creative Writing at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He earned the Master of Divinity and Master of Theology degrees at Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey. He completed his Doctor of Ministry degree as a Samuel DeWitt Proctor Fellow at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. He was a Fellow in the Sustaining Pastoral Excellence Program of Lilly Endowment, Inc., as well as a Fellow in the Pastor-Theologian Program led by the Institute of Theological Study.
Dr. Nabors has received over 100 community, church and ministry awards for leadership and service in New Jersey and Michigan. Before leaving Princeton, New Jersey, the Mayor and City Council commemorated his leadership by naming October 12th as “Dr. Michael Nabors Day.” He has been president of the Princeton and Trenton, New Jersey branches of the NAACP, the Michigan Progressive Baptist Convention, and Chairman of the Board for Detroit East, Inc., and Gateway Community Health.
About the Public Theology Lecture Series at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
Sponsored by the Office of the President and the Center for the Church and the Black Experience, celebrating 45 years of preparing "leaders among leaders," the Public Theology Lecture Series will help the Garrett-Evangelical community understand more about the intersection of the theological perspectives and values as they perform service in the public arena for the well being of all persons and creation. For more information, contact Erin Moore, Director of the President's Office and Executive Assistant, at Erin.Moore@Garrett.edu.
To learn more about the 2015-2016 Public Theology Lecture Series, including a list of all or our speakers, go to www.Garrett.edu/PublicTheology.