Academy of Young Preachers at KBF Spring Gathering

by Wyndee Holbrook, Director of Programs
Academy of Young Preachers

Were you there? Did you hear them?
Five Young Preachers ranging in age from 13 to 34 proclaimed the gospel last Saturday during the Spring Gathering’s Festival of Young Preachers. Lexington Ave. Baptist Church Chapel provided the perfect setting for preaching and pointers.

Young Preachers came from across the Commonwealth for the opportunity to lift their voices and receive insights.  Mitchell Monroe, AoP’13, Campbellsville University, Jonathan Balmer, Baptist Seminary of Kentucky, and his brother Eric Balmer, Georgetown College, Jami Benning, AoP’14, University of the Cumberlands alumna, and her son David Benning, Home School 8th grader, all preached outstanding 15 minute sermons on the theme, “Heaven and Earth.”   

Many thanks to sermon evaluators from BSK, Dr. Greg Earwood and Dr. Laura Levens who eagerly took notes to share with each Young Preacher.  Thanks as well to Roger Jasper, AoP’10 and Derek Cain for graciously serving as Festival conveners.
This year another version of the feedback form was shared among the listeners to offer a “view from the pew.” As Monroe clutched his stack of responses he exclaimed, “This is gold to a Young Preacher.”  The Academy of Preachers has learned a lot in the course of facilitating six + years of Festivals, and Monroe reflects their consensus, “the more feedback the better!”  
Come join in the excitement at the Southeastern Regional Festival of Young Preachers in Louisville on October 31, 2015 and the National Festival of Young Preachers in Lexington on January 2-5, 2016.