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Speaker for the 25th Annual Duerr Lecture Series
will be Rev. Dr. Christopher Edmonston, Pastor and Head of Staff of White Memorial Presbyterian Church in Raleigh, NC.  He holds the B.A. degree from Davidson College (History), the M.Div. from Union Presbyterian Seminary, and the D.Min. from Columbia Theological Seminary.

Ordained by Charlotte Presbytery in 1999, Edmonston has served churches in Charlotte, NC, and Tarboro, NC, and since 2011 has served White Memorial Presbyterian in Raleigh, NC.  He has served on various boards and committees, including the Board of Directors, Union Presbyterian Seminary, Montreat Conference Center, and the Alumni Board of Davidson College.  He served as President of the Board of Directors of The Presbyterian Outlook.  He has also been active on the National Strategy Team of NEXT Church, a renewal movement within the Presbyterian Church (USA).

In demand as a speaker, preacher, and teacher, Edmonston has presented to National Public Radio, the Montreat Conference Center Authentic Parenting Conference, State of North Carolina Governor’s Economic Development Council, and others.  Publications include articles in The Presbyterian Outlook, Walter Magazine, News and Observer (Raleigh, NC), and Feasting on the Gospels (Westminster John Knox). He has recently had a book published, together with Kim and Penn Holderness:  “Everybody Fights: So Why Not Get Better at It?”

In his lectures, Discovering the Pastoral Christology of Luke,” Edmonston will lead a deep exploration of Luke 7. In Luke 7 Jesus expands our understanding of inclusion, attends to deep grief, uses his authority to offer new teachings about long-held beliefs, and gives an example of how we might engage with enemies. In a time rife with division and conflict, the pastoral nature of Jesus gives the gift of a fresh alternative for engagement in the church and the world.

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