|2009 Baccalaureate Speaker: Rev. Dr. Kirk Byron Jones
March 24, 2009,
Volume 55, No. 26
The Reverend Dr. Kirk Byron Jones, professor of ethics and preaching at Andover Newton Theological School, Newton, MA, will be Penn’s guest speaker for the Baccalaureate Ceremony on May 17. It will be held in Irvine Auditorium at 1:30 p.m. (for graduates whose last names begin with A through K) and again at 3 p.m. (for graduates whose last names begin with L through Z). A native of New Orleans, LA, he is a graduate of Loyola University and Andover Newton Theological School, and holds a doctor of ministry degree from Emory University and a doctor of philosophy degree from Drew University.
A pastor for over 20 years, he was the founding minister of Beacon Light Baptist Church in New Orleans, and Senior Minister at Calvary Baptist Church, Chester, PA; Ebenezer Baptist Church, Boston, MA; and First Baptist Church, Randolph, MA. Throughout his pastoral ministry, Rev. Dr. Jones served on various religious and civic committees at the local and national level.
He serves as guest preacher and teacher at churches, schools and conferences throughout the United States. His writings have been published in various journals, including The Christian Century, Leadership, Gospel Today, Pulpit Digest and The African American Pulpit, a quarterly preaching journal he co-founded in 1997.
He is the author of several best-selling books including Rest in the Storm: Self-Care Strategies for Clergy and Other Caregivers, which was recently named to Sojourners magazine’s list of 39 “Best Resources for Social Change,” as well as Addicted to Hurry: Spiritual Strategies for Slowing Down; The Jazz of Preaching: How to Preach with Great Freedom and Joy; Morning B.R.E.W.: A Divine Power Drink for Your Soul; The Morning B.R.E.W. Journal and Holy Play: The Joyful Adventure of Unleashing Your Divine Purpose. In addition to his books, he is the creator of several spiritual empowerment E-books and audio tapes.
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