GEORGETOWN, KY – For the 4th consecutive year, Georgetown College’s Office of Diversity joins with its Bishop Scholars to present the Bishop Revival. The event is an uplifting commemoration of the partnership between Georgetown and the alumni of the historically black Baptist Bishop College which closed its doors more than two decades ago in Dallas, Texas.
Using the theme “Journey of Leadership: Reaffirming Commitment,” this year’s Bishop Revival will again be held at Georgetown Baptist Church, corner of College and South Hamilton Streets. Special messages based on Psalms 37:5, “Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass,” will be presented each day from March 31 through April 3 beginning at 7 p.m.
Speakers this year include Pastor W.T. Glynn, Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church, Ft. Worth, Texas; Pastor Emeritus Samuel Gilbert, Sr., Mt. Sinai Baptist Church, Houston, Texas; Pastor Freddy J. Clark, Shalom Church (City of Peace), St. Louis, Missouri; and Bishop Kenneth Spears, First Saint John Cathedral, Fort Worth. Special music will be presented each evening as well (see schedule below).
“The event allows the history and legacy of Bishop College to be revived and will bring a cultural richness to the Georgetown College campus, and the historic partnership of the two colleges promotes academic excellence,” said Robbi Barber, Associate Director of Georgetown College’s Office of Diversity, and coordinator of the free, four-day event that will be held within walking distance of campus. “We are hoping that our Revival in Kentucky will carry on the tradition of Bishop College for years to come.”
A special ceremony in advance of the opening of the revival will honor Ralpheal West and David Boyle, Jr., the first Bishop College Scholar graduates (class of 2012) of Georgetown College. The ceremony on Monday, March 31, at 3 p.m. in front of the Ensor Learning Resource Center will include the unveiling of a permanent engraving in recognition of them. A reception will follow with College president M. Dwaine Greene.
Bishop College Scholars are students who are recommended by or descended from Bishop Alumni and who receive a scholarship to Georgetown College. The program began in 2005.
The Scholars are active in the Georgetown and Lexington communities. They regularly mentor students at Booker T. Washington Academy, an inner city elementary school in Lexington, and the Ed Davis Center, a community center in Georgetown. The also sponsor “college days” in various elementary and middle schools to help students understand the importance of getting a college education.
Bishop Revival Schedule:
Monday, March 31
Pastor WT Glynn. Mt Olive Missionary Baptist Church, Ft Worth, TX
Music: Chad Higgins & ISIT (In Spirit and In Truth)
Tuesday, April 1
Pastor Emeritus Samuel Gilbert, Sr., Mt Sinai Baptist, Houston, TX
Music: Joyful Noise Gospel Choir of Georgetown College
Wednesday, April 2
Pastor Freddy Clark, Shalom Church (City of Peace), St. Louis, MO
Music: Black Voices of University of Kentucky
Thursday, April 3
Bishop Kenneth Spears, First Saint John Cathedral, Ft. Worth, TX
Music: Morehead State Gospel Ensemble