Nelson W. Trout Lectures | Capital University, Columbus Ohio


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Nelson W. Trout Lectures

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    Featuring the Rev. Dr. Kevin Dudley

    Word Up: Proclaiming and the Promise of God - Micah 5:7; Jeremiah 29:11-14, Nehemiah 1-2

    January 19-20, 2023

    The Trout Lectures honor the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Nelson W. Trout (1920-1996). He was a Trinity Lutheran Seminary alumnus, a member of the Trinity faculty, and the first African American elected to serve as a Lutheran bishop. His vibrant preaching and commitment to social ministry inspired hundreds of seminary students and touched thousands of lives. As always, this year's Lectures are held in his honor.  

    Trinity is delighted to announce that the 2023 Nelson W. Trout Lectures will feature Trinity’s own, The Rev. Kevin Dudley. Dr. Dudley professor of Church and Society at Trinity Lutheran Seminary at Capital University.  These two days will be filled with inspired worship, focused learning, anointed preaching and Spirit led conversation.


    Thursday, January 19th

    • 2:30 - Registration Begins 
    • 3:00 - Welcome, Introductions, and Music featuring Robert Fleming
    • 3:30 - Lecture “Pieces of the Dream: Preaching as Prophetic Perspective” by Rev. Dr. Kevin Dudley
    • 4:30 - Book Sale begins US: The Resurrection of American Terror by Rev. Dr. Kenneth Wheeler
    • 4:45 - Reading from US: The Resurrection of American Terror and book signing with Rev. Dr. Kenneth Wheeler (TLS '82)  
    • 7:00 - Worship featuring Rev. Dr. Kevin Dudley preaching with music by the New Salem Baptist Church Praise & Worship Team 

    Friday, January 20th  

    • 8:30 - Refreshments 
    • 9:30 - Lecture “Echoes of Inspiration: Preaching as Praxis” by Rev. Dr. Kevin Dudley 
    • 11:00 - Luncheon by Modern Southern Table followed by Trinity Lutheran Seminary Student Panel Discussion
    • 12:30 - Blessing & Sending

    Promotional Materials

    Keynote Lecturer - The Rev. Dr. Kevin Dudley (TLS '98, '11)  
    Dr. Dudley is the professor of Church and Society at Trinity Lutheran Seminary at Capital University. A native of Detroit and raised in the Atlanta area, Dr. Kevin Dudley has a great passion for and accomplishment in for strengthening community and equipping God’s people for kingdom ministry. Privileged with more than two decades of leadership investment, service, and consulting in a host of church, community, marketplace, and academic contexts, Dr. Dudley and his spouse Gail have been partners in facilitating healthy congregations and ministries in cities across the country. 
    Building on experience as a senior pastor, professor, church planter, community developer, and seminary vice president, he now continues to support collaborative citywide gospel movement in Columbus and educates ministers preparing for pastoral leadership.  
    Book Presentation - The Rev. Kenneth Wheeler (TLS '82) 
    Rev. Kenneth Wheeler
    Kenneth W. Wheeler is a retired ordained pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He is a sought-after preacher, public theologian, and writer. He is a guest lecturer on pastoral leadership in the 21st century at Wartburg Theological Seminary, where he received a Doctor of Divinity Degree honoris causa. Kenneth is an in-demand preacher for the national observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.  Most of his writings, sermons, and lectures focus on faith, race, and social justice. Wheeler is a respected elder and mentor to young pastors and seminarians.  A native of Jackson, Mississippi, Pastor Wheeler earned a B.A. in Religion from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, and an M.Div. from Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio. He is married with three children and a grandfather to five wonderful grandchildren. 

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