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Charles Campbell to be Inaugurated as Peter Marshall Professor of Homiletics


Decatur, GA.—Columbia Theological Seminary will inaugurate Charles L. Campbell as the Peter Marshall Professor of Homiletics on Tuesday, March 29, at 7:30 p.m. in the Columbia chapel. The title of his inaugural address is “The Preacher as Ridiculous Person: Naked Street Preaching and Homiletical Foolishness.” Dr. Campbell is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and a member of Foothills Presbytery. He holds a Ph.D. degree from Duke University, an S.T.M from Yale University Divinity School, a D.Min. from Union Theological Seminary in Virginia, and a B.A. from Hendrix College. He joined the Columbia Theological Seminary faculty in 1991. Previously he served as pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Stuttgart, Arkansas, and taught preaching as a graduate assistant at Duke Divinity School. Campbell’s articles have appeared in numerous journals and books, including the recent volume edited by Richard Lischer, The Company of Preachers: Wisdom on Preaching, Augustine to the Present. He is the author of three books: Preaching Jesus: New Directions for Homiletics in Hans Frei’s Postliberal Theology, which was recently translated into Korean; The Word on the Street: Performing the Scriptures in the Urban Context (with Stanley P. Saunders); and The Word before the Powers: An Ethic of Preaching. He currently serves as an associate editor of the Journal for Preachers, and he is an active member of the Academy of Homiletics. The chair honors Peter Marshall, a 1931 graduate of Columbia Seminary, who served churches in Covington, Georgia, and Westminster Presbyterian Church, in Atlanta. From 1937, at New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, in Washington, D.C., he gained wide recognition as an inspired preacher and speaker. He died in 1949, while serving as the U.S. Senate chaplain. His wife, Catherine Wood Marshall, collected his sermons, stories and prayers and published his autobiography. A reception in the Harrington Center library follows the service. For more information, please call 404-687-4521. Columbia Theological Seminary, located in Decatur, Georgia, was established in 1828 and is one of 10 theological institutions of the Presbyterian Church (USA). 

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