Nelson W. Trout Lectures | Capital University, Columbus Ohio


    • Nelson W. Trout Lectures

      Yvette Flunder Headshot

      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. 

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      Our Speaker 

      The 2019 Trout lecturer is the Rev. Dr. Yvette Flunder, founding pastor of City of Refuge UCC in Oakland, California. Bishop Flunder is a renowned preacher, educator and Gospel music artist. She is a third-generation preacher with roots in the Church of God in Christ. Bishop Flunder is an ordained minister of the United Church of Christ and holds both master’s and doctorate degrees in Ministry from the Pacific School of Religion and the San Francisco Theological Seminary, respectively. In 2003, she was appointed Presiding Bishop of The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries, a multi-denominational coalition of over 56 churches and faith-based organizations from all over the world. 

      Thursday, April 25
      2:00 pm Coffee and Refreshments
      3:00 pm Gathering worship and Introductions
      3:30 pm First presentation
      5:00 pm Bishop Flunder’s books will be available for purchase and signing
      5:30 pm Dinner on your own
      7:00 pm Worship with Bishop Flunder preaching

      Friday, April 26
      8:30 am      Breakfast buffet* Please RSVP at
      10:00 am    Second presentation

      The event is open to the community, but your RSVP is appreciated by no later than Wednesday, April 17th. RSVP now! Email Kenwanna Wheat at with any questions.

      * A freewill offering will be taken during Friday’s breakfast to support the Trout Lectures. If you are unable to attend the event but would like to make a gift, please go to In the drop-down menu, click on “Other” and specify “Nelson Trout Lectureship in Preaching.”