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Rev. Stephen Lewis to Deliver 2014 Convocation Address

July 20, 2014

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary will welcome Rev. Stephen Lewis, president of the Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE), as keynote speaker at the 2014 academic convocation on September 3, 2014. Titled “Start Boldly, Lead Differently,” Lewis 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.

Lewis, an ordained Baptist minister, joined FTE in 2003 and has served as vice president of FTE programs and national director for its initiative equipping congregations and church-related organizations to identify future pastoral leaders. He also developed and directed an innovative leadership program for young pastors from diverse backgrounds. In 2011, Lewis was named president and has since led FTE’s new strategic direction and restructuring of its initiatives.

“We are so pleased to have Rev. Stephen Lewis as our convocation speaker,” said President Lallene Rector, “I look forward to the energy and insight he will bring to us at the start of the academic year. Our students will benefit greatly from his expertise in cultivating inspired young leaders for innovative ministry in today’s world.”

Before joining FTE, Lewis served as a training manager for the Institute for Church Administration & Management in Atlanta, where he focused on developing business and administrative capacities among clergy and lay leaders. Lewis has more than fifteen years of experience in corporate and nonprofit leadership, strategic planning, program development and group facilitation. He is currently a member of the Center for Courage & Renewal’s Board of Directors and served as a member of Duke Divinity School’s Board of Visitors during 2008-2013. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from Duke Divinity School and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

The Forum for Theological Exploration is committed to cultivating diverse young adults to be faithful, wise and courageous leaders for the church and the academy. FTE provides resources and a forum for young adults and students to explore their purpose and call to pastoral ministry and teaching. For more information, visit