Anna Carter Florence & Leonard Pitts to Open 2016 Festival
At opening night of the 2016 Festival, we will experience incredible worship and preaching with Anna Carter Florence, followed by a lecture by Leonard Pitts. Both the worship and the lecture will take place at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church.
Anna Carter Florence is is the Peter Marshall Associate Professor of Preaching at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. She is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and holds degrees from Yale College and Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div. and Ph.D.). Before joining the Columbia faculty in 1998, Anna served as an associate pastor for youth and young adults at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis. Her books include Preaching as Testimony and Inscribing the Word, as well as the forthcoming ‘A’ is for Alabaster: A Preacher’s Alphabet and The Repertory Church, based on her 2012 Lyman Beecher Lectures on Preaching at Yale Divinity School. She is a frequent teacher and lecturer in this country and abroad. Anna and her husband, the Rev. David Carter Florence, have two lacrosse-playing sons. They also have two dogs, two cats, a flock of chickens, and way too much knitting yarn.
Leonard Pitts is an award-winning columnist, college professor, radio producer, and international lecturer. He has taught at a number of prestigious institutions of higher learning, including Hampton University, Ohio University, the University of Maryland and Virginia Commonwealth University. In the fall of 2011, he was a visiting professor at Princeton University, teaching a course in writing about race. In 2013, he taught at George Washington University. His books have also been widely praised. Tavis Smiley called him “the most insightful and inspiring columnist of his generation” in writing about Pitts’ 2009 collection of columns, Forward From This Moment. He currently lives in Bowie, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, DC with his and family.