History

In 2010, Johnson University’s annual Preaching Emphasis Week lectures were named the Fred B. Craddock Lectures on Preaching, honoring one of Johnson's most renowned and respected alumni. Craddock's voice has been one of the most influential in homiletics over the last fifty years. A Baylor University research study, published by Newsweek, named Craddock as one of the twelve most effective preachers in the English-speaking world. His scholarly regard for the biblical text and his folksy story telling ability combined to make Craddock an exceptional model of creative, effective communication.

Dr. Craddock received his education at Johnson University, Philips Seminary, and Vanderbilt University. He served churches in Tennessee, Oklahoma, and Georgia, and taught at Johnson University, Philips University, and Candler School of Theology at Emory University. He held the title of Bandy Distinguished Professor of Preaching and New Testament, Emeritus, at Candler; and, at the time of his death, he was the Minister Emeritus of Cherry Log Christian Church. He wrote extensively in the fields of preaching and New Testament and lectured for some of the most prestigious lectureships around the world. Fred B. Craddock’s preaching, teaching, and writing ministry influenced pulpits and churches around the globe. Johnson University is grateful to Dr. Craddock for allowing us to name these annual Lectures in his honor.

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