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Durfee Lecture Series

Durfee Lecture Series

The Durfee Lecture Series established in memory of Kent A. Durfee

Kent A. Durfee was a native Wichitan who loved his family and lived life to its fullest.  As a lifetime member of First Presbyterian Church, he was grateful for his wonderful friends in faith and cherished each day as a gift from God.  In the summer of 1998, Kent died at the age of 52, leaving a leagacy to First Presbyterian Church to establish a lecture series.  This is truly a gift that will continue to nurture the members of First Presbyterian Church and the Wichita community for years to come. 

The purpose of the Durfee Lecture Series is to identify and provide opportunities for the congregation of First Presbyterian Church and the community, to explore the broad spectrum of religous and culture issues facing contemporary Christians. 


2017 - Dr. Leonard Sweet 

2016-Dr. Gary Eller


Previous Durfee Lectures

2000, Dr. Ronald Cole Turner

Professor of Theology and Ethics, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

2001, Jean Floyd Love

Christian Educator, Professor

2002, Ann Weems

Writer, poet, worship designer

2004, Leonard Pitts

Pulitzer Prize winning syndicated columnist

2011, Parrish Jones, PhD

Minister, Author and Educator