Edwards Featured Speaker at 148th Commencement

Lexington, Ky., June 12, 2014 – The Rev. Dr. William Edwards, Regional Pastor and President of the Christian Church in Ohio (Disciples of Christ), will deliver the keynote address at Lexington Theological Seminary’s 148th graduation service on Friday, June 20, at Crestwood Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Lexington.

Dr. Edwards offers an energetic and unique perspective of transformational ministry from both the broader Church as well as the congregational level.

“His experiences will no doubt serve to inspire meaningful words of encouragement to our graduates as they prepare for ministry as freshly-equipped leaders in the church,” said Dr. Charisse L. Gillett, LTS President. ”We are pleased Dr. Edwards will be able to join us as the 2014 Commencement speaker.”

Prior to the past 10 years as Regional Pastor and President, Dr. Edwards served as Associate General Minister and Vice President in the Office of General Minister and President. He served as pastor of the Disciples Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Disciples Center was a unique joint ministry of two congregations.

Dr. Edwards served as Executive Pastor of Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church of Memphis, Tenn., the largest congregation in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) with a membership of 8,000 members. He was also Senior Associate in the Center for Congregational Growth and Vitality, a division of Homeland Ministries.

Dr. Edwards has served as Interim Pastor of First United Christian Church in Xenia, Ohio, and East Second St. Christian Church in Lexington, Ky. He was associate minister of University Park Christian Church in Indianapolis, Ind.

An Ohio native, Dr Edwards is a graduate of Hiram College, Christian Theological Seminary (M.Div.) and McCormick Theological Seminary (D.Min.) and holds an Executive Masters of Business Administration from the University of Memphis.

The Seminary’s graduation service will take place at 10 a.m. as 12 students will be conferred graduate and terminal degrees including Doctor of Ministry and Master of Divinity, with some students receiving certificates in ministry.

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Lexington Theological Seminary is an accredited graduate theological institution of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).  Consistent with the Disciples’ historic commitment to Christian unity, the Seminary is intentionally ecumenical with students, faculty, staff and trustees of various denominations. The Seminary has been preparing leaders for the church since 1865. For more information, visit www.lextheo.edu.