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.
Rev. Dr. Leonard Sweet has been booked to be the 2017 Durfee Lectures Speaker for Saturday, October 21 at First Presbyterian Church (Wichita, Kansas) at 7 pm. And then on Sunday, October 22, Dr. Sweet will preach at the 10:45 a.m. worship service.
Dr. Sweet is a professor, public speaker, preacher, and prolific author. Dr. Sweet has authored more than two hundred articles, 1300+ Published sermons, and more than sixty books. Leonard Sweet’s Publications include the best sellers: Soul Tsunami, Aqua Church, Jesus Manifesto (w/Frank Viola), and Jesus: A Theography (w/Frank Viola), as well as many other volumes that are revolutionizing the church’s mission.
So mark your calendar for October 21 and 22 to hear Dr. Sweet present and preach on the need for “Continued Reformation” in honor of Martin Luther nailing the 95 Thesis to the door of the Wittenberg Church which set the Reformation in motion on October 31, 1517. For more information go to www.firstchurchwichita.org/ media/durfee-lecture-series
On October 15, at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary of the church, Dr. Eller will be presenting on the topic of “Forgiveness, Acceptance, and Expectations: A Theological and Psychological Exploration.” And then at the 10:45 a.m. service, on October 16, Dr. Eller will preach on “Getting Past the Elections to Forgive and to Reconcile”.
Dr. Eller is a native of North Carolina who moved to Omaha in 2004. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill (B.A.), Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div.), and Vanderbilt University (M.A. and Ph.D.). His graduate studies focused on Religion and Psychology with a minor in the History of Christianity. Gary’s doctoral dissertation was a psychological study of Jonathan Edwards, the 18th century Congregationalist theologian and leader in the Great Awakening.
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