7th Annual Preaching Festival

Monday, September 25, 2017
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Why a Festival and Who Should Attend

Since 1956 the members of Monica Park Christian Church have been passionate about the preaching of Christ’s Good News. This festival is a continuation and celebration of that ministry.  Preachers at every level are encouraged to attend both to learn how to preach more effectively, as well as support others who share the same call. It doesn’t matter if you currently serve a church, a student, retired or seeking a pastoral position.  We will all have the opportunity to learn from each other.


Our Honored Guests

Rev. Dawn Weaks received her B.A. from Baylor University and her M. Div. from Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University. She was ordained in the Southern Baptist church and served as a youth minister and an associate minister in that denomination before becoming a Disciples of Christ minister in 1999. Since then, she has pastored FCC Miami, Texas, and FCC Rowlett, Texas. She is currently the co-pastor of First Christian Church Odessa, Texas, with her husband, Rev. Joe Weaks.

Dr. Mike Graves, Professor of Preaching and Worship, St. Paul School of Theology As a full-time professor at Saint Paul School of Theology, Mike is a blessing to our congregations as he shares in training pastors and preaching on request. Mike writes, “I really believe I’m on the planet to teach preaching and to preach, that it is God’s call upon my life.” Mike is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and has served as both an interim and an installed pastor prior to becoming Regional Minister for Preaching.  


LIFETIME PREACHING AWARD is being presented to Dr. Claude Walker and Rev. Sherley Walker.

Rev. Claude began his professional career in 1959, serving in both the religious and private sectors. He has served over 55 years as an Ordained Minister in the Christian Church and has served on various committees and boards in different regions of the Christian Church.

Rev. Sherley Collier-Walker is a commissioned minister serving at Bonnie View Christian Church in Dallas. She is an Associate Minister overseeing Christian Education. She is very active in Texas Christian Missionary Fellowship holding offices in that organization.


The Schedule

8:00 Registration & Continental Breakfast
9:00 Welcome and Invocation
9:15 Sermon
       Dr. Mike Graves
10:00 Break
10:15 Workshop
       Dr. Mike Graves
11:15 "The David Worden Lifetime Preaching Award" Presentation
11:30 Lunch
12:30 Workshop
       Rev. Dawn Weaks
1:15 Break
1:30 Sermon
       Rev. Dawn Weaks
2:00 Joyful Communion
2:15 Discussion
2:30 Closing Prayer


The Cost

Free, No Registration Fee This Year

Just Register!


To sign up, please complete a Registration Form.


Special Thanks

This festival would not be possible without the support from our church family. Since 1956, over 60 years, the members of Monica Park Christian Church have been passionate about the preaching of Christ’s Good News. This festival is a continuation and celebration of that ministry.


Past Presenters

2011 Dr. Paul Escamilla
Rev. Chad McMullin
Dr. Lance Pape
Rev. Deborah Morgan
Rev. Larry Ross
2012 Rev. Michael Passmore
Dr. Jim Moore
Rev. Katie Hays
Dr. Stephen Sprinkle
2013 Dr. Will Willimon
2014 Rev. Doug Skinner
Rev. Bryan Feille
Rev Coretha Loughridge
2015 Rev. Dr. Tamara Rodenberg
Rev. Tom McDermott
2016 Rev. Frances Waters
Rex McGee