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Rev. Dr. Michael C.R. Nabors to Deliver 2016 Convocation Address

August 25, 2016
Rev. Dr. Michael C. R. Nabors

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary will welcome Rev. Dr. Michael C. R. Nabors, senior pastor of Second Baptist Church in Evanston, Illinois, as its keynote speaker at the 2016 Academic Convocation on September 7, 2016. Titled Such a Time as This,” Nabors will deliver his convocation address at 4:00 p.m. in the seminary’s Chapel of the Unnamed Faithful and all are welcome to attend.

With extensive experience both in the church and in the academy, Nabors has sought to build bridges and erase the gap between the local community, the church, and the academy. As a result, Nabors has received over 100 community, church, and ministry awards for leadership and service in both New Jersey, where he served as assistant pastor at Shiloh Baptist Church of Trenton, New Jersey and as pastor of First Baptist Church of Princeton, New Jersey, and in Michigan. Before leaving Princeton, New Jersey, the Mayor and City Council commemorated his leadership by naming October 12th as “Dr. Michael Nabors Day.”

When asked about Nabors and his ministry, Lallene J. Rector, president of Garrett-Evangelical, said, "Dr. Nabors has come to Second Baptist and to the Evanston community bringing deep commitments to racial justice and interfaith collaboration, as well as the winsome gift of proclaiming the Gospel in a compelling way. In his short time here, he has already established himself as a visionary leader who seeks transformative change and as a partner in the work of theological education. He is a friend of the seminary and we look forward to welcoming him back to campus as we begin a new academic year."

Prior to serving at Second Baptist Church, Nabors served as senior pastor of New Calvary Baptist Church of Detroit, Michigan for sixteen years. Nabors has also served as director of the master of divinity and student life programs at Ecumenical Theological Seminary in Detroit, Michigan, 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.

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.