Rev. Anna George Traynham
Anna is an Associate Pastor at Central Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, Georgia.She received a Bachelors of Arts degree in Religion and Christian Education from Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC and a Masters of Divinity degree from Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Virginia. Likewise, she received a graduate certificate for patient counseling from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.
She is the recipient of Union Presbyterian Seminary’s Hammond Award for excellence in preaching and worship (2013) and graduate fellowship (2014), and is a contributing member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the new edition of the Book of Common Worship. Anna has a passion for writing and leading liturgy, giving language to the depths of hope, joy, and longing she experiences in the worship of God.
Rev. John Leggett
Preacher Sunday Night/Monday Morning
John is the pastor of Massanutten Presbyterian Church in Harrisonburg, VA where he has served since the fall of 2003. Prior to his service to MPC, he served churches in Tennessee. John completed his M.Div. studies at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and his Masters of Theology in Preaching and worship at Princeton Seminary.
Rev. Dr Richard W. Voelz
Preacher Monday Evening/Tuesday Morning
Richard is an Assistant Professor of Preaching and Worship at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, VA.
Formerly, he served as Senior Minister of the Johns Creek Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He has over a decade of ministry experience in various contexts.
A graduate of Vanderbilt University’s Graduate Department of Religion with the PhD in Homiletics and Liturgics, Dr. Voelz brings expertise and scholarly interest in contextual homiletics, contemporary homiletic theory, preaching and youth, pastoral identity, preaching in the Stone-Campbell Movement, and contemporary liturgical theology.
Speakman Chairs of Preaching: The Rev. Drs. Kimberly Bracken Long and Thomas G. Long
Preachers Tuesday and Wednesday Evenings
Kim is currently the editor of Call to Worship: Liturgy, Music, Preaching and the Arts, and is the pastor of two United Methodist churches in Maryland. Her work has been influential in turning greater attention towards the meaning and place of sacraments and liturgical language in worship. Her most recent work has focused on the theology and history of marriage and includes the book Inclusive Marriage Services: A Wedding Sourcebook (2015). She is also the Co-Editor of the forthcoming Book of Common Worship, 2nd edition due out in 2018.
Tom is the Bandy Professor Emeritus of Preaching at the Candler School of Theology on the Campus of Emory University in Atlanta, GA. He is a noted preacher, teacher, and author. His subject matter of his books include biblical commentary, worship, and preaching. Two of his more recent works are The Witness of Preaching (2016), and The Good Funeral (2013). Tom served as the Speakman Chair of Preaching in 2007, and we are looking forward to welcoming him back to the Hudson Auditorium pulpit.
For more on the Speakman Chair of Preaching Award, visit the Speakman webpage.
Rev. Jimmie Ray Hawkins
Preacher Thursday Night / Friday Morning
Jimmie serves as the Director of the Presbyterian Church (USA) Office of Public Witness in Washington DC.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Social Studies from North Carolina Central University (Durham, NC); a Master of Arts in Christian Education from the Presbyterian School of Christian Education (Richmond, VA); and a Master of Divinity from the Interdenominational Theological Center/Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary (Atlanta, GA).
For twenty years he served as the pastor of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Durham, NC, 1996 – 2016. His community ministry includes being a leader for the Moral Monday Movement since its onset in 2013. He served as a member of the NC NAACP Executive Committee and has been active in justice advocacy throughout his ministry.