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For Immediate Release
January 19, 2016

Senior Pastor at Historic Atlanta Church to Speak at IPFW

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Rev. Dr. Raphael G. Warnock Print-quality image

FORT WAYNE, Ind.—The Rev. Dr. Raphael G. Warnock will be speaking at IPFW to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day Monday, January 25, at 7 p.m. in the Walb Student Union International Ballroom. Rev. Warnock has been the senior pastor of the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta since 2005 and successor to Dr. King, who pastored the church from 1960 until his death. 

"Raphael Gamaliel Warnock is a preeminent scholar and national leader, whose voice resonates, empowers, and informs a broad constituency from all over this country," said Ken Christmon, associate vice chancellor for diversity and multicultural affairs. "The opportunity to have such a powerful speaker who is directly connected to the legacy of Dr. King speaks volumes about the commitment to diversity here at IPFW."

The Rev. Dr. Warnock graduated cum laude from Morehouse College in 1991, receiving a B.A. in psychology. He also holds a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) from Union Theological Seminary, New York City, from which he graduated with honors and distinctions. Seeing his pastoral work as tied to the ministry of scholarship and the life of the mind, Rev. Warnock continued his graduate studies at Union, receiving a Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in the field of systematic theology. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., the 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Inc. and a Lifetime Member of the NAACP.

Rev. Warnock has been listed  as one of “Thirty Leaders of the Future” by Ebony magazine, one of “Twenty to Watch” by The African American Pulpit journal, and one of the “Top 25 Pastors in Metropolitan Atlanta” by Concerned Black Clergy.

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For more information on this event, contact Quinton Dixie, associate professor of religious studies, at 260-481-5724 or at