Message from the President
Almost twenty-five years ago, Keith Willhite and I had a conviction to establish a scholarly society for evangelical homiliticians. That conviction became a reality in 1997 with the founding of the Evangelical Homiletics Society. I became the first president with Keith as the vice-president and in our second year, he become president. Since then, the organization has developed and grown in recognizable ways.
Through the leadership of the succeeding presidents and board members, the society eventually established a peer-review journal, The Journal of the Evangelical Homiletics Society. Over the years the conferences have featured various plenary speakers who have challenged us as an organization and have shaped us in our callings. Additionally, the scholarly papers presented at each annual meeting have proven to be insightful contributions to the field.
Not only that, but also our member numbers have grown from a handful of interested scholars to over 350, a mark of commitment and investment in the field of homiletics. The society includes professors of preaching not only from North America, but also from around the world. We have among our numbers full-time professors as well as part-time adjunct professors, graduate students, and pastors committed to the task of preaching on a more formal and scholarly level.
As we embark on our twenty-fifth year, we have much for which to be thankful—to all those who have invested in the Evangelical Homiletics Society with their time, their leadership, and their scholarship. Will you join me in thanking the Lord for his providential work through the Evangelical Homiletics Society and pray that the Lord will use us to his glory today and in the years ahead as we instruct our students and challenge ourselves in the task of preaching the gospel to men and women and boys and girls?
Now, after almost twenty-five years, I am tasked to serve as president for a second time. I ask for your prayers, too, as together we move toward twenty-five years.
For the cause of preaching,
Scott M. Gibson