Georgetown, KY – The second annual Georgetown College Festival of Young Preachers will be held on Monday, October 15, 2012 in the College’s John L. Hill Chapel. Young preachers age 14-28 are invited to register to preach a 12-minute sermon on the theme “Gospel and The City.”

Those from outside the College should register as external applicants; students and faculty of the College should register as GC applicants.

During the 2012 Festival, 1957 Georgetown alum Ronald Higdon will be recognized and honored at a banquet in the Hall of Fame Room that evening. Dr. Higdon retired eleven years ago after 20 years as pastor of Broadway Baptist Church in Louisville, KY.

Assisting with the GC Festival of Young Preachers is 2001 GC grad David Willis. He currently serves as Teaching Pastor for Stevens Creek Church in Augusta, Georgia. Willis is the featured presenter at the 2012 Preaching Workshop on the day following the Festival: Tuesday October 16, also on the campus of the College. The Workshop is sponsored by the Marshall Center for Christian Ministry and is open to all ministers.  

The GC Festival of Young Preachers is one of 18 such festivals sponsored and/or managed by the Academy of Preachers. The National Festival of Young Preachers will be in Atlanta, GA, January 2-4, 2012. Two preachers at the GC Festival will receive scholarships to attend the National Festival.

The Academy of Preachers was launched in 2009 by 1972 Georgetown alum Dwight A. Moody. “Our goal,” he said, “is to identify, network, support, and inspire young people in their call to gospel preaching.” Moody now serves as president of the Louisville-based national organization.

The GC Festival has a registration fee of $25, but that fee is waived for any and all GC students who participate. Funds to underwrite the cost of the GC Festival are being raised in honor of Dr. Higdon and contributions can be mailed to the college and designated for the GC Festival.