Ross-Smith Lectures in Pastoral Care

Calvin and Nancy Ross have endowed this lectureship as their legacy for the pastoral work of the church and to honor the memory of Calvin’s parents, Walter and Mardel Ross, and more recently, Nancy’s father, Frank S. Smith. They hope to create interdisciplinary conversations for effective teamwork among ministers, students, educators, laity, medical practitioners, and peace and justice advocates.


Dr. Thomas G. Long

Dr. Thomas Long is the Bandy Professor of Preaching Emeritus at Candler School of Theology at Emory University. A Presbyterian minister, Long has served churches in Georgia and New Jersey. He has taught preaching for over 40 years — at Erskine Theological Seminary, Columbia Theological Seminary, Princeton Theological Seminary, and, from 2000-2015, at Candler. Long has served as the president of the Academy of Homiletics and as senior homiletics editor of the New Interpreter’s Bible. He has been editor of Theology Today, is currently an associate editor of Journal for Preachers, and serves as an editor-at-large at The Christian Century.

In 2011, Long was awarded the Emory Williams prize for excellence in teaching by Emory University, and in 2015 he received Emory’s “Scholar/ Teacher Award,” the top faculty scholarship award. He delivered the 2006 Lyman Beecher Lectures in Preaching at Yale Divinity School, which were published as Preaching from Memory to Hope.

Long has authored textbooks on preaching and worship, in addition to biblical commentaries on Matthew, Hebrews, and the Pastoral Epistles. His most recent books are Accompany Them with Singing: The Christian Funeral; What Shall We Say? Evil, Suffering, and the Crisis of Faith; The Good Funeral: Death, Grief, and the Community of Care (with Thomas Lynch); and 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus.


Caring for Humanity and Nurturing Faith through Christian Funerals

Living in Hope, Dying Well

Thursday, October 17
7 p.m.

Mildred Welshimer Phillips Memorial Chapel
B.D. Phillips Building
Emmanuel Christian Seminary at Milligan

The Good Funeral, The Bad Funeral

Friday, October 18
11 a.m.

Grandview Christian Church
300 University Parkway
Johnson City, TN 37604
(A complimentary lunch will be provided following the lecture. Click here to register.)

Preaching at Funerals

Friday, October 18
1:30 p.m.

Grandview Christian Church
300 University Parkway
Johnson City, TN 37604

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