8th Annual Preaching Festival

Monday, September 24, 2018
2018 Registration Form


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. Renee Hoke, Executive Minister University Christian Church, Fort Worth, TX Renee is a native Texan with vast experience in both the corporate world and in the church. With a degree in Journalism from Texas A&M University, she began a successful career as a television news reporter and anchor. Corporate media relations and communications came next. In the Media Department at Mary Kay Cosmetics, Renee handled the media schedule for Mary Kay Ash and served as liaison between marketing executives and beauty editors for women's magazines. Following that, Renee served as Director of Corporate Communications for Zale Corporation. Eventually, Renee left the corporate world to enter Brite Divinity School and prepare for ministry. Since seminary she has served local Disciple congregations in Duncanville, Kingwood, and Spring before accepting a call as Area Minister for the Trinity Brazos Area. A year later her territory expanded to include the Bluebonnet Area. After three years on the road, Renee accepted a call to serve First Christian Church in Wichita Falls serving as Senior Minister. In 2018 Renee came to University Christian Church of Forth Worth as Executive Minister.

Rev. Dr. Russ Peterman, Senior Minister University Christian Church, Fort Worth, TX Russ's education includes receiving his Bachelor of Arts Degree from our neighboring Texas Christian University (1990), Master of Divinity degree from San Francisco Theological Seminary (1994), and Doctor of Ministry from Columbia Theological Seminary (2004). Russ was ordained in 1995, after serving as the seminary intern at Orinda Presbyterian Church of Lafayette, California (1991-1995). He returned to Texas and served at Highlands Christian Church of Dallas, Texas, as the Minister of Education and Youth (1995-1996). Russ then accepted a call as Associate Minister at Sandy Springs Christian Church of Atlanta, Georgia (1996-2005). He served as the Senior Minister to First Christian Church of Concord, CA (2005-2017), the church where he was baptized as a youth. Russ focuses his ministry on preaching and has taught a homiletics course at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California. He currently serves on the Administrative Committee of the General Board of the Christian Church (DOC).


LIFETIME PREACHING AWARD is being presented to Reverend Gary Speer
Former Minister of F.C.C. Allen as well as several other churches.



The Schedule

8:00 Registration & Continental Breakfast
9:00 Welcome and Invocation
9:15 Sermon
       Rev. Renee Hoke 
       "Addressing Social Justice Issues"
10:00 Break
10:15 Panel Discussion on Social Justice Issues, Politics and othe "sticky" issues. 
       Moderated by Rev. Andy Mangum
11:00 Sermon

     Rev. Dr. Russ Peterman 
12:00 Lunch and Fellowship

"The David Worden Lifetime Preaching Award" Presentation
12:50 Closing Prayer


The Cost

Free, No Registration Fee This Year

Just Register!


To sign up, please complete a 2018 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
2017 Rev. Dawn Weeks
Rev. Mike Graves