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Sermon Seminar

The 40th Annual Sermon Seminar will be held on May 23-25, 2022 at Lipscomb University Austin Center.

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Known as a “roll-up-your-sleeves-and-go-to-work seminar,” it has become a haven for preachers, ministers, Bible class teachers, and church leaders from across the country and various places around the world to enhance their biblical knowledge, work on their preaching and teaching skills, worship together, and be strengthened by Christian brothers and sisters. 


The Sermon Seminar at Lipscomb University Austin Center is committed to encouraging preaching and teaching which are:

  • Drawn from responsible biblical interpretation
  • Based on faithful theological inquiry
  • In keeping with the Restorationist vision
  • Challenging and helpful to the church
  • Appropriate for the contemporary cultural setting

2022 Speakers & Topics

Orpheus Heyward

Orpheus Heyward, Preaching Ephesians

Orpheus Heyward made Atlanta his home as he joined the church in 2003 as Assistant Minister. Three years after his arrival, he was ordained as the full-time Senior Minister of the West End Church of Christ, now know as the Renaissance Church of Christ. His study of the bible is constant. Having received his Masters of Arts in Theology, Masters of Arts in Biblical Studies and later completing his doctorate degree in Theological Exegesis, his biblical expertise, and understanding of the Word is supreme.

Don McLaughlin

Don McLaughlin, Preaching from Joel

Dr. Don McLaughlin has served as the preaching minister for the North Atlanta Church of Christ in Atlanta, Georgia since 1997, following ministries in Ohio and Indiana. Over the past 38 years, Don has focused his preaching on inspiring and equipping people to live fully into the vision of Christ for the world. He is the author of Heaven in the Real World and Love First: Ending Hate Before It’s Too Late and Heaven in the Real World.

Ken Durham

Ken Durham, Preaching Pastorally

Ken recently retired from the College of Bible and Ministry at Lipscomb University, where he held the Batsell Barrett Baxter Chair of Preaching. He previously served as preaching minister for Churches of Christ in Malibu, CA (on the campus of Pepperdine University), Falls Church, VA, Springfield, MO, and Stamford, CT, and as campus minister at the University of Texas and the University of Kentucky. He has written or co-written four books, including Speaking From the Heart. For over 20 years he authored the “Good Humor” column in the 21st Century Christian. He served as co-host of the “Herald of Truth” television program from 1987-1990. He is married to Nancy Magnusson Durham, retired member of Lipscomb’s Psychology faculty. They share three children and six grandchildren.

Wes Crawford

Wes Crawford, Preaching Mark's Gospel

Wes Crawford is an Assistant Professor of Church History at Abilene Christian University, where he also serves as the Director for the Center for Restoration Studies. His research interests center on American religion generally and the intersection of race and religion specifically. His book, "Shattering the Illusion: How African American Churches of Christ Moved from Segregation to Independence," examines the relationship between white and black members of Churches of Christ throughout the twentieth century. In addition to his academic pursuits, Wes also served as a Preaching Minister for twenty years in Texas, splitting time between Broadway Church of Christ in Lubbock and Glenwood Church of Christ in Tyler. Wes and his wife Kim have been married for twenty-five years and have four children.

George Williams

George Williams, Staying Fresh for the Long Haul

George Micheal Williams serves currently and for the past 38 years as ministering evangelist to the church of Christ at East Side in Austin, Texas. He has conducted gospel meetings and revivals across the United States, and spoken at the National Lectureship of Churches of Christ, various state wide lectureships, conducted a city wide revival in Dallas, TX, and spoken on the city wide campaigns for Christ in Houston, TX. He has engaged in several public religious debates in defense of the “The Faith.”

He is a native Texan. He holds degrees from Southwestern Christian College (A.A., with honors); Abilene Christian University (B.S., in ministry and evangelism; cum laude) and (M.S., in biblical & related studies). Brother Williams was acknowledged and officially recognized as an African American male role model within the Austin community. In 2019, he was awarded the Edwards Ministerial Associations Man of the Year Image Award for his commitment, compassion, care, and outstanding service to the church of Christ, his community, state, and nation. He was honored by Southwestern Christian College with Image Awards in the areas of Leadership and ministerial achievement. He served as a literary contributor to the Blueprints Bible curriculum. He recently authored his first book entitled, “Lord I Need an Attitude Adjustment” (An exposition on the book of Malachi) published by 21st Christian.

Brother Williams was previously married for 25 before the Lord called his spouse home. He is currently very happily married to his incredibly special gift from God, the love of his life, the beautiful (outwardly & inwardly) Gail March-Williams. Together they share four wonderful grown children and three grandchildren, one adorable granddaughter, Amayah Nicole, and two handsome grandsons, George Micheal III, Harrison Emanuel.

Resourcing our Future - Panel Discussion

Greg Anderson, College of Bible and Ministry - Lipscomb University
Grady King, Vice President - Hope Network Ministries
Carson Reed, Executive Director - Siburt Institute


Writing about preachers of the ancient church, one church historian states: “[T]heir thinking was never far removed from the church’s worship…their intellectual work was always in service and praise and adoration of the one God…there was always a living community before their eyes.”

In similar recognition of the importance of worship for preaching, each day at the Seminar begins and ends with a period of prayer.


2022 Schedule