Pastor of Atlanta's famed Ebenezer church to keynote leadership conference lunch at TROY

Posted: Tuesday, 17 January 2012

TROY—The Rev. Raphael G. Warnock, pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, will deliver keynote remarks Saturday, Feb. 4, to close the 11th annual Leadership Conference Celebrating African-American History Month at Troy University.

He will speak at the closing luncheon, scheduled to begin at noon in the Trojan Center Ballrooms on the Troy Campus.

Since 2005 Dr. Warnock has served as pastor of the historic church Ebenezer Baptist Church, known worldwide as the spiritual home of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He has also served at Sixth Avenue Baptist Church of Birmingham, where he was youth pastor; Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, New York, where was associate pastor; and Douglas Memorial Community Church in Baltimore, where he was senior pastor.

Dr. Warnock holds a bachelor's degree from Morehouse College and three graduate degrees, including a Ph.D., from Union Theological Seminary in New York City. He is a graduate of the Leadership Program sponsored by the Greater Baltimore Committee and a graduate of the Summer Leadership Institute of Harvard University.

Dr. Warnock has been active in defending voting rights and has drawn praise for innovative urban ministries such as "Cutting Thru Crisis," a barbershop ministry, as well as a series of Bible studies held in a local car wash. He has also been active in the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS. Dr. Warnock has been listed by Ebony Magazine as one of "Thirty Leaders of the Future," and as one of "Twenty to Watch," by the African American Pulpit Journal.

This conference, which is scheduled for Feb. 3-4 and is sponsored by Troy University and the City of Troy, provides information to enhance the quality of leadership and civic participation of community leaders, area residents and university students. Major sponsors of the conference since its inception have been the ministry of Reverend S. D. James and Wal-Mart. Pike County Commissioner Homer Wright is serving as chair of this year's conference. Tonya Terry, anchor of WSFA-TV's "Today in Alabama" and "WSFA 12 News at Noon," will serve as emcee for the event.

To register for the conference, please visit http://troy.troy.edu/leadershipconference/or contact Barbara Patterson at 334-670-3204. The cost to attend the conference is $30.