St. Francis Speaker Series
St. Francis is proud to welcome world-renowned speakers during Advent and Lent each year. It is our intention to continue to apply the eternal truths we find in Christianity and the Gospel to "the swift and varied changes of the world" (Thomas Cranmer). We are convinced that an unexamined faith isn't worth believing, and that true faith is always seeking understanding. Lectures take place at 6pm on Wednesday evenings in our beautiful sanctuary and are followed by a reception in the narthex. Childcare is provided.
Keep your eye on this space for the announcement of the 2017 Advent Speakers. To give you an idea of the program, here is the line-up of 2017 Lent Speakers.
2017 Lent Speakers
March 8th at 6pm: Ted Scofield
Best-selling author Ted Scofield was born a writer but took a detour for a few decades, earning his BA, JD, and MBA at Vanderbilt University and working as a securities attorney and entrepreneur. In addition to writing the sequel to his debut novel Eat What You Kill, he continues to serve as the General Counsel of Icebreaker Entertainment, operates a private law practice, and serves as an Of Counsel attorney with a prominent midtown law firm. Ted lives in Manhattan with his wife, contemporary artist Christi Scofield, their plants Benjamin & Spike, and a rescue puppy named Pamplemousse Vanderbilt Scofield. Ted is a native Louisvillian—a KCD graduate and lifer—who has lived in New York City since 1998.
March 15th at 6pm: Jennifer Grady
Jennifer Grady has been working with the children of St. Francis since 2012. In her role as Children’s Minister, she oversees the Children’s Ministry at St. Francis, including Sunday Childcare, Sunday School, Children’s Chapel, and Crossroads, the Wednesday Night Bible program for children. A native of Iowa, Jennifer attended Dordt College in Sioux Center, IA, and has a Masters of Theological Studies from Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She has served as a youth pastor in churches in Michigan and Ohio. She is married to Kristopher Grady and has two lovely daughters, Abigail and Lydia. When she is not outside, enjoying the beautiful Kentucky countryside with her family, she loves curling up with a big cup of coffee and a good book in front of the fire.
March 22nd at 6pm: Liz Curtis Higgs
Liz Curtis Higgs is the author of more than 30 books, with 4.6 million copies in print. She is a sought-after public speaker, whose messages are biblical, encouraging, down-to-earth, and profoundly funny, helping both sisters and seekers embrace the truth of God’s amazing, unchanging grace. In 1995 the National Speakers Association honored her with their Council of Peers Award of Excellence. Her alma mater, Bellarmine University, presented her with a Distinguished Alumni Award in 2005. And she received an Honorary Doctorate from Georgetown College in 2010.
March 29th at 6pm: Dr. Mark Gignilliat
Mark has taught Hebrew, Old Testament Exegesis, and Biblical Theology at Beeson Divinity School since 2005. Before coming to Beeson, he taught at Wycliffe Hall, University of Oxford. Gignilliat published Paul and Isaiah’s Servants in 2007, Karl Barth and the Fifth Gospel: Barth’s Theological Exegesis of Isaiah in 2009, and contributed to Evangelicals and the Nicene Faith. He is most recently the author of A Brief History of Old Testament Criticism. He has published articles in journals such as Scottish Journal of Theology, Biblica, The Journal for Theological Interpretation, Zeitschrift für die Alttestamentliche Wissenschaft, and International Journal of Systematic Theology. Gignilliat serves as Canon Theologian at the Cathedral Church of the Advent in Birmingham. He is married to Naomi and they have three sons and one daughter.
April 5th at 6pm: Winfield Bevins
Serving as the Director of Asbury Seminary’s Church Planting Initiative and canon for church planting for the Diocese of the Carolinas, Winfield Bevins lives out daily his passion for equipping others to spread the gospel in their own contexts. As a seasoned practitioner, he has used his experience to train hundreds of leaders from diverse backgrounds on four different continents. He frequently speaks at conferences, churches, seminaries and retreats on a variety of topics. He is the author of several books, which have been featured in numerous places such as Christianity Today. As an author, he especially enjoys helping others connect to the roots of the Christian faith for spiritual formation and mission. As a follower of Christ, his primary ministry is as a devoted husband and father. He and his wife Kay, have three beautiful girls Elizabeth, Anna Belle, and Caroline. They currently reside in the Bluegrass state of Kentucky.
To listen to past lectures, click HERE.