Sunday, January 20
The Rev. Dr. David Goatley will be the guest preacher at our annual Martin Luther King service on Sunday, January 20. The congregation of St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church and community leaders will join us for this annual celebration of the life and ministry of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and our call to follow in the path of social justice in our current day. Morning worship begins at 11 a.m. and will be followed by lunch and discussion. No reservations are needed for the lunch, prepared and offered by the WSBC Peace and Reconciliation Mission Group.
Dr. Goatley began this fall as Research Professor of Theology and Black Church Studies, and Director of Office of Black Church Studies at Duke Divinity School. He holds a Ph.D. and a M.Div., both from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a B.S. from the University of Louisville. Dr. Goatley holds leadership positions in national organizations including the Lott Carey Baptist Foreign Mission Society, Baptist World Alliance, World Council of Churches, and is a board member of the national NAACP. A globally recognized missiologist, he emphasizes cross-cultural experiential learning with indigenous communities to deepen understanding, broaden horizons, and strengthen Christian discipleship and leadership formation. Dr. Goatley is editor of Black Religion, Black Theology: Collected Essays of J. Deotis Roberts (2003) and authored Were You There? Godforsakenness in Slave Religion (1996, 2007), A Divine Assignment: The Missiology of Wendell Clay Somerville (2010), and Missions Is Essential (2011). His current research projects include leadership development informed by liberation theology, contemporary missiology and strength-based organizational theory, Black Baptist missiology, and African-American pneumatology. We look forward to welcoming Dr. Goatley to the Watts Street pulpit.