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Pastor Emeritus at Atlanta’s Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church to Preach at Montreat Conference Center

The Rev. Dr. Joe Roberts

The Rev. Dr. Joseph L. Roberts, Jr., who served as the Senior Pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Ga., for 30 years and currently serves as the Wade Huie Professor of Preaching and Director of the new Center for Preaching at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Ga., has accepted an invitation to be the guest preacher on Sunday, August 8, at Montreat Conference Center. A visionary and gifted leader, Dr. Roberts is known nationwide as an energetic preacher and an accomplished musician. His messages stimulate the mind, are thought-provoking, and get to the heart of today’s challenging issues, causing one to think deeply and act compassionately.

A native of Chicago, Dr. Roberts received his formative education in the public school system. He graduated cum laude from Knoxville College. His Master of Divinity degree was received from Union Theological Seminary in New York City, and he earned his Master of Theology degree from Princeton Theological Seminary in New Jersey. He is also the recipient of five honorary Doctor of Divinity degrees, and in 2004, received Distinguished Alumni Awards from both Union and Princeton Theological Seminaries. His book, Sideswiped By Eternity, is a collection of sermons from his days at Ebenezer.

Under Dr. Roberts’ dynamic leadership, an expansive community outreach program was launched at Ebenezer Baptist Church, including the Teenage Mother’s Ministry, a tutoring program, counseling, a food co-op, and a seniors day care center.

His sermon this Sunday, “Get Out of the Boat,” comes from the Gospel of Matthew. Worship begins at 10:30AM in Montreat Conference Center’s Anderson Auditorium. Child care for children six months through completed kindergarten is available at the Updike Child Care Center on Texas Road. Following worship, a lunch buffet will be served noon to 1:30 PM in the Galax Dining Room at historic Assembly Inn. Learn more about the 2010 Summer Worship Series at Montreat Conference Center.

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