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This fall, we welcome Dr. Emmanuel L. McCall, Jr. to Auburn First Baptist for our third annual lecture series on Sunday, September 25. All Sunday school classes from youth to adult classes will be invited to the lecture in the Fellowship Hall at 9:45 a.m., and Emmanuel will also be our guest preacher.

Dr. McCall is the pastor of the First Baptist Church of East Pointe, Georgia, where he was also the founding pastor of the congregation in 2006. He has served various churches as well as a professor in ministerial education. Throughout his ministry, he has worked towards racial reconciliation. In 1968, he became the first African-American employed at the Home Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. He served as the national Moderator of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship in 2006-2007. From 2005-2010, he served as the Vice President of the Baptist World Alliance, having already served on the Commission of Social Justice, Commission on Ethics, and the Human Rights Award Committee. Since 1993, he has served as an Adjunct Professor of the McAfee School of Theology. Dr. McCall is the author of eight books, and he was also on the Editorial Committee of the Celebrating Grace hymnal. Dr. McCall and his wife, Emma Marie, have two children and four grandchildren.

In February 2015, we hosted our inaugural Claude H. Moore Lectures when Dr. Bill Leonard joined us for meaningful discussions about faith and the church. Bill was followed in September of 2015 by our second Claude H Moore Lecture Series Guest Speaker, Julie Pennington-Russell.

Claude H. Moore was a dedicated and beloved member of Auburn First Baptist Church. In honor of his commitment to this congregation, the family of Claude H. Moore enabled the church to establish these lectures in his name. Having joined the church in 1957, Claude and Mary Virginia, along with their children, Marianne, Elizabeth, David, Bill, and Ginger, are grateful for this congregation’s place in the life of their family. Claude served the church in a number of ways, particularly as the Treasurer of Auburn First Baptist as well as a deacon for countless years. He also served as the Chair of Deacons from 1983-1984 and as a Sunday School teacher in the children’s ministry for a number of years.

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