Willimon's lecture, which will be followed by a question and answer session, will be held in room 252 of the theology school building, 1531 Dickey Drive, Atlanta, 30322. The event is sponsored by the Candler Evangelical Society, a student organization. Admission is free.
A member of Emory's Board of Trustees since 2004, Willimon was elected in July 2004 as the bishop of the North Alabama Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church, an area that includes 149,860 Methodists and 784 pastors. He was formerly dean of the chapel and professor of Christian ministry at Duke University.
Willimon holds an undergraduate degree from Wofford College, a divinity degree from Yale Divinity School, and a doctor of sacred theology degree from Emory. He has served as a pastor of churches in Georgia and South Carolina. At Duke Divinity School, he served as assistant professor of liturgy and worship, teaching courses in liturgics and homiletics, and served as director of the Ministerial Course of Study School at Duke and presiding minister in the Divinity School Chapel. After returning to parish ministry in 1980, he taught concurrently as associate professor of liturgy and worship at Duke for three years. Willimon holds several honorary degrees, serves on the boards of several colleges and universities, and is the author of more than 60 books.