Proclaimers Place – generally a program for ministers – is sharing a special, free event with the public at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 8 in Georgetown College’s John L. Hill Chapel that features a Texas pastor who is used to speaking before thousands on any given Sunday.
Ralph D. West, the Pastor and Founder of Houston’s Brookhollow Baptist Church, has seen his congregation grow from 32 to now over 15,000 families meeting in three locations. Along the way, because of the broad reach of its ministries in the Houston metropolitan area and around the world, Brookhollow affectionately became known as “The Church Without Walls.”
Part of his audience on this night will be primarily African American pastors from around the country who are attending the first annual Proclaimers Place reunion Thursday and Friday (Oct. 8-9) at the College’s Thomas & King Leadership & Conference Center. But, his message will be for a broader audience and is likely to touch on some of themes of his 2008 book, Left Alone – finding strength for life’s mysteries, impossibilities, and uncertainties. He is also the author of Finding Fullness Again: What the Book of Ruth Teaches Us About Starting Over, (B&H Publishing, May 2006).
Georgetown College is also important to Pastor West because he played a prominent role in the Kentucky school’s historical partnership his alma mater – the now defunct Bishop College of Dallas. And, his youngest son, Ralpheal, is one of the original four Bishop Legacy and a sophomore at Georgetown.
est holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Samford University’s Beeson Divinity School, Birmingham, AL; a Master of Divinity degree with Biblical Languages from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Ft. Worth, TX; and a Bachelor’s Degree in Religion and Philosophy from Bishop College. He has also completed advanced studies at Cambridge and Oxford Universities and received an honorary D.Div. degree from the Interdenominational Theological Center at Morehouse School of Religion, Atlanta, Georgia and Paul Quinn College, Dallas, Texas.
The Rev. Reginald Davis of Lexington’s Bracktown Baptist Church will lead some congregational music and the Joyful Noise Singers of Georgetown College, a gospel choir directed by Pamela Young, will perform during the event. The JSN will debut their beautiful robes of cream, purple and gold thanks to the donation by Rev. Walter Malone of Louisville’s Canaan Christian Church.
Proclaimers Place is a program of Georgetown College in conjunction with Joel Gregory Ministries that allows pastors and ministers to study expository preaching and sermon preparation for four days at Georgetown College and other sites around the United States as well as Oxford, England. For information about Proclaimers Place see: www.gregoryministries.org