IPFW to host lecture from Ebenezer Baptist Church’s Pastor Raphael Warncock

| January 13, 2016
The Rev. Raphael Warncock, Ph.D.

The Rev. Raphael Warncock, Ph.D.

FORT WAYNE—The IPFW MLK Lecture Series is scheduled to play host to a guest speaker with extraordinary ties to the history of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. this month as the nation celebrates the legacy of the late civil and human rights activist.

The Rev. Raphael Warncock, Ph.D. is scheduled to speak as part of the series at 7 p.m., Jan. 25 at the Walb Union—International Ballroom on the IPFW (Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne) campus.

Dr. Warnock is a preeminent scholar and current pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, the church that Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. pastored.

The Rev. Dr. Raphael Gamaliel Warnock has served, since 2005, as senior astor of the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, spiritual home of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.—a church at which Dr. King served as pastor.

The son of two Pentecostal pastors, Dr. Warnock responded to the call to ministry at a very early age, and became, at age 35, the fifth and the youngest person ever called to the senior pastorate of Ebenezer Church, founded in 1886.

Before coming to Ebenezer, “America’s Freedom Church,” Dr. Warnock was blessed to study and serve within the pastoral ranks of leading congregations also known for their deep spiritual roots and strong public witness.  He began as an intern at the Sixth Avenue Baptist Church of Birmingham, Ala., where he was ordained by the Rev. Dr. John T. Porter, who himself had served many years earlier as Martin Luther King Jr.’s pulpit assistant at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Ala., and later under the tutelage of Martin Luther King Sr. at Ebenezer.  From there, he served for six years as the youth pastor and four years as assistant pastor at the historic Abyssinian Baptist Church of New York City—also one of the nation’s leading congregations.

Finally, before taking the helm of Ebenezer, Pastor Warnock immersed himself further in the challenges of urban ministry, in the 21st century, while serving for four-and-one-half years as the senior pastor of Baltimore’s Douglas Memorial Community Church, also a spiritual base of social activism.

For more information, call IPFW at (260) 481-IPFW (4739).

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