2018 Bowers Preaching Fellow Lecture


Media Contact: Curtis Prather 
Tel: 703-461-1782 
Email: cprather@vts.edu

Alexandria, Va. - Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) is proud to announce that the Rev. J. Barney Hawkins IV, Ph.D., the Arthur Carl Lichtenberger Professor Emeritus in Pastoral Theology and Continuing Education and Co-Director, Bicentennial Campaign, is the 2018 Bowers Preaching Fellow. 

“I was really honored when I was approached," said Hawkins. "In years past, I have so enjoyed Tom Bowers, Barbara Brown Taylor, Sam Lloyd, and others who have been part of this lectureship.”

On Monday, November 5, the Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D., hosted in his home an opportunity to reflect on preaching in the Episcopal Church with Hawkins and members of the VTS community on the theme of “Poetry and Literature and Preaching that Connects.” 

"It was a rich and interesting evening," said Markham. "Dr. Hawkins really does have a philosophy of preaching; and in the discussion, he shaped and framed the role and nature of preaching quite brilliantly." 

On Wednesday, November 7, Hawkins will present his lecture "Preaching as Pastoral Presence" to the community and the public. The program is free of charge, thanks to the generous support of the Thomas Dix Bowers Fund, but registration is requested. This event will be live streamed and archived through the VTS website.

"My lecture, 'Preaching as Pastoral Presence,' is a reflective retrospective of sorts," said Hawkins. "The Bible, Church History and current events have always ‘fed’ my homilies or sermons. Only in recent years have I realized how much my sermons come out of my ministry’s pastoral relationships.”

Dr. Hawkins is an experienced preacher who has served two major parishes and developed a reputation for thoughtful preaching. He has served at VTS since 2000, first as Director of the Doctor of Ministry program, then Director of the Center for Anglican Communion Studies, and for over ten years as Vice President for Institutional Advancement along with his faculty position as Arthur Carl Lichtenberger Professor in Pastoral Theology and Continuing Education. In December 2017 he assumed the role of Co-Director of the Bicentennial Campaign. Known throughout the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion as a noted author, preacher, and teacher, Virginia Seminary is honored that Dr. Hawkins is this year’s Bowers Preaching Fellow.

The Thomas Dix Bowers Preaching Fellowship Fund was established at Virginia Theological Seminary in 2008 by family and friends of the Rev. Dr. Thomas Dix Bowers ‘56, in celebration of his eightieth birthday, and in recognition of the impact his inspirational preaching of the Gospel and the love of Jesus Christ has had on the lives of many over fifty years of devoted ministry to the Church. Through the Bowers Fund the Seminary is able to host noted preachers of the Church to campus to lift up and honor the art and ministry of preaching at the Seminary and throughout the Church. For further information or to contribute to the Fund, please contact Linda Dienno, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, at (703) 461-1717.


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