Noted preacher, author to speak at 146th graduation

Dr. Frank Thomas
LEXINGTON, KY, April 17, 2012 – The Rev. Dr. Frank A. Thomas, senior pastor of Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church in Memphis, Tenn., and author of multiple books including the upcoming American Dream 2.0: A Christian Way Out of the Great Recession, will deliver the keynote address at Lexington Theological Seminary’s 146th graduation service on Friday, May 11.

Thomas holds a Ph.D. in Communications (Rhetoric) from the University of Memphis, Doctor of Ministry degrees from Chicago Theological Seminary and United Theological Seminary, a Master of Divinity degree from Chicago Theological Seminary and a Master of Arts degree in African-Caribbean Studies from Northeastern Illinois University.  He serves as adjunct professor in the Doctor of Ministry in Preaching and Master of Divinity programs at McCormick Theological Seminary, adjunct professor of preaching at Memphis Theological Seminary and teaches preaching in churches, ministerial associations, and denominational groups all over the country.

Thomas also is a professional coach who preaches and teaches nationally and internationally. Additionally, he hosts 15 Minutes of Faith with Dr. Frank A. Thomas, a weekly radio ministry that speaks to the well being of body, mind and soul.

The graduation service is at 10 a.m. at Memorial Hall on the University of Kentucky campus adjacent to Lexington Theological Seminary. A bagpipe processional will precede the service.

Scheduled graduation events are:

* Wednesday, April 25:
6 p.m. 21st annual rose ceremony and dinner honoring women graduates, in memory of the late Rev. Karen Stroup

* Thursday, May 10:
11:45 a.m. Lunch and Awards (LTS Fellowship Hall)
1:30 p.m. Senior Communion (Sanders Chapel)
2:45 p.m. Graduation rehearsal

** Friday, May 11:
10 a.m. Graduation (Memorial Hall), reception to follow in LTS Fellowship Hall

* Private events   ** Open to the public

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