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‘Day 1’ features trio of young ministers


A special Dec. 26 broadcast of “Day 1,” the award-winning radio preaching program, features three Fund for Theological Education fellows who are either preparing for or are new to ordained congregational ministry. This broadcast provides a wonderful opportunity for both listeners and the young preachers, said “Day 1” executive producer Peter Wallace. “We are privileged to hear from these young up-and-coming preachers who have benefited from the outstanding work of the Fund for Theological Education.” Guests for the program are Stephanie Crumpton, a senior at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta; the Rev. Matthew Hardin, a recent graduate of Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Ga.; and Juan Huertas, a senior at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. The three guests preach brief homilies based on each of the day’s lectionary readings from the Old and New Testaments and are interviewed by host Rick Dietrich. Crumpton, a Chicago native, is completing her master of divinity degree and also serves as interim co-pastor of Bethany United Church of Christ in Thomasville, Ga. She preaches on a text from the letter to the Hebrews. Hardin, a native of Indianapolis, was installed in September as pastor of Butner Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in Butner, N.C. He preaches on the gospel reading for the day from the second chapter of Matthew. Huertas, a native of Puerto Rico, is a candidate for elders orders in the Louisiana Conference of the United Methodist Church. He preaches on a passage from Isaiah. The three preachers are fellows of the 50-year-old Fund for Theological Education, an Atlanta-based organization with a two-fold purpose of supporting outstanding young people in their pursuit of ordained congregational ministry, as well as others from racial and ethnic minorities who are preparing to be leaders in theological education. The program is broadcast on more than 160 stations nationwide, on the American Forces Network to U.S. service men and women around the world, and online at A television version of “Day 1” is also broadcast on the Hallmark Channel’s “America at Worship” on Sunday mornings. Formerly known as “The Protestant Hour,” “Day 1” has been broadcast every week for more than years, winning numerous awards in the process, including the George Foster Peabody Award and the 2003 Communicator Award for excellence in inspirational radio. It is produced by the Episcopal Media Center in association with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, the Episcopal Church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the United Methodist Church, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), and the United Church of Christ. The executive producer for “Day 1,” Peter Wallace, will consult with churches that want to have the radio program broadcast in their community. For more information, call toll free 888-411-Day-1 or check the program’s Web site, xxx

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