About Us

The Lester Randall Preaching Fellowship (LRPF) is the legacy of the leadership of three exceptional figures in the history of Yorkminster Park Church. The Rev. Dr. John N. Gladstone, who served as senior minister for 26 years from 1965–1991, dreamed of establishing a permanent fellowship to exalt the ministry of preaching. Gerard H. Collins believed in the dream and generously provided the funds in trust to make it happen. Lester C. Randall was an outstanding layman of this congregation and the wider church for whom the fellowship is named.

The first annual Lester C. Randall Preaching Fellowship was held in the fall of 1987 with the Rev. Dr. A. Leonard Griffith as the guest lecturer and preacher. For twenty-five years some of the finest preachers and teachers of the Word have been among the LRPF Fellows. Please see information on our past lecturers below.

In 2012, the organizing committee determined that it was time to reformat the event to better meet the changing needs of ordained clergy and the Church they serve. There was no conference held in 2012. However, during that time, the organizing committee was expanded to include clergy from multiple denominations and, in a commitment to continuing education, LRPF aligned itself with seminaries in across Canada and the United States. Starting in 2013, keynotes speakers, workshop leaders, private and public preaching events increased, and the more interactive lectures and workshops were added to the program, rounding out the vision of a robust and inspirational event.

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Past Lester Randall Lecturers

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2017

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

John Bell, Liturgist/Musician, Glasgow, Scotland
Concert: “THE UNSUNG JESUS – a congregational hymn sing”
Workshop: “The Importance of the Imagination”

The Rev. Dr. Anna Carter Florence, Decatur, Georgia
Keynote Address: “Rehearsing Scripture: Discovering God’s Word in Community”
Workshop: “Ten Things to Try with a Text”
Sermon: “Midwives and Ministry”, accompanied by John Bell

The Rev. Dr. Robert Franklin, Atlanta, Georgia
Keynote Address: “Preachers as Public Intellectuals”
Workshop: “ Preaching and Social Therapeutics”
Sermon: “The Vocation of Argument”, accompanied by John Bell

The Rev. Dr. Anna Robbins, Wolfville, Nova Scotia
Keynote Address: “3 Reasons Why (Our preaching may not be infectious but should be)’
Workshop: “Jesus Felt: Initial Explorations in Preaching and Emotions”
Sermon: “Perplexed by Joy”, accompanied by John Bell

CHAPEL PREACHERS

The Rev. Dr. Malcolm Sinclair, Toronto, Ontario
Sermon: “Our Rocky Road to Contagious Joy”

The Rev. Dr. Andrew Stirling, Toronto, Ontario
Sermon: “What is God REALLY like?”

WORKSHOP LEADERS

The Rev. Dr. Emily Rodgers Bissett, Toronto, Ontario
Workshop: “Preaching and Politics?”

The Rev. Dr. Patricia Dutcher-Walls, Vancouver, British Columbia
Workshop: “Prophets, Psalmists and Sages: Poetic Analysis Skills for Preaching”

The Rev. Dr. Stephen Farris, Toronto, Ontario
Workshop: “The Five Skills of the Storytelling for Preachers”

The Rev. Scott Hoezee, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Workshop: “The Importance of Preaching Grace”

The Rev. Dr. Morar Murray-Hayes, Oakville, Ontario
Workshop: “Preaching in Your Underwear: Complexity and Preaching”

The Rev. Dr. Judy Paulsen, Toronto, Ontario
Workshop: “Preaching That Helps Them Proclaim”

The Rev. Dr. Gail Ricciutti, Rochester, New York
Workshop: “Look Before You Preach: the Embedded Joys of Imagery”

The Rev. Dr. John Rottman, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Workshop: “The Importance of Preaching Trouble”

The Rev. Dr. Victor Shepherd, Mississauga, Ontario
Workshop: “Calvin on Preaching”

The Rev. Dr. Paul Scott Wilson, Toronto, Ontario
Workshop: “The Preaching Scene Today”

2016

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Steve Bell, Musician, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Concert: Steve Bell In Concert

The Rev. Mark Buchanan, Calgary, Alberta
Keynote Address: The Gift of Provocation: Preaching that Disrupts
Sermon: If You Knew…
Workshop: Preaching to Dry Bones

The Rev. Dr. Karoline M. Lewis, Decatur, Georgia
Keynote Address: Taking the Incarnation Seriously: Vulnerability and Identity in the Pulpit
Sermon: Born Children of God, accompanied by Steve Bell
Workshop: Preaching and Social Therapeutics

The Rev. Marvin A. McMickle, Rochester, New York
Keynote Address: Witnesses for the Lord Sermon: Listening to the ‘Duh’sciples, accompanied by Steve Bell
Workshop: A Sovereign God and a Global Gospel

Sister Sue Mosteller, Toronto, Ontario
Sermon: Ready for the New Birth in Us Today, accompanied by Steve Bell
Sermon: What We Want from the New Birth in Us Today, accompanied by Steve Bell

WORKSHOP LEADERS

The Rev. Dr. Anthony Bailey, Ottawa, Ontario
Workshop: Advent and Christmas: Tutored by African American Spirituals

The Rev. Danielle Ayana James, Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta
Workshop: It’s New Terrain – Authenticity, Relevance, Vulnerability

The Rev. Scott Hoezee, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Workshop: The Challenges and Opportunities of Preaching Matthew

The Rev. Sam Lee, Toronto, Ontario
Workshop: Let the Children Come to Me

The Rev. Barry Morrison, Wolfville, Nova Scotia
Workshop: How to Mend a Broken Heart

The Rev. Dr. Morar Murray-Hayes, Oakville, Ontario
Workshop: Advent Preaching in a Complex Context

The Rev. Dr. David Neelands, Toronto, Ontario
Workshop: Preaching Christmas Hope in a Terrifying World

The Rev. Dr. Anna Robbins, Wolfville, Nova Scotia

Workshop: Because it’s 2016: Why We Must Still Preach about Sin and Repentance

The Rev. Dr. Judy Paulsen, Toronto, Ontario
Workshop: Preaching That Helps Them Proclaim

The Rev. Dale Rose, Toronto, Ontario
The Rev. Dr. Malcolm Sinclair, Toronto, Ontario
Workshop: Heard, Seen and Told

The Rev. Dr. John Rottman, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Workshop: Preaching Grace in Today’s World

The Rev. Dr. Paul Scott Wilson, Toronto, Ontario
Workshop: Using Easter to Enhance the Poetry of Advent and Christmas

The Rev. Dr. Todd Townshend, London, Ontario
Workshop: Between Two Advents: Preaching the Promises of God

The Rev. Dr. Sarah Travis, Oakville, Ontario

Workshop: Liberating the Church: Preaching at the End of Christendom

The Rev. Dr. Daniel L. Wong, Toronto, Ontario
Workshop: Preaching for Transformation

2015

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

The Rev. Dr. Leonard Sweet, Madison, New Jersey

Keynote Address: A Charge to Keep I Have – Keeping the Charge for a Lifetime of Preaching
Sermon: Bearing and Boring
Workshop: Metaphor as Metamorphosis

The Rev. Mrs. Fleming Rutledge, Franklin, Virginia
Keynote Address: Preaching Christ Crucified Today
Sermon: Your Preference
Workshop: A Word for the Weary – The Power of Preaching

The Rev. Dr. Pamela McCarroll, Toronto, Ontario
Keynote Address: Waiting for God in Post-Christendom: Proclaiming Gospel in and out of Season
Sermon: Called to This Blessed Wilderness
Workshop: God, Prayer and the Crises of our Lives and Times

The Rev. Dr. Anthony Bailey, Ottawa, Ontario
Keynote Address: I Know Your Deeds
Sermon: Preaching that Provokes Love and Good Deeds
Workshop: Preaching Accountability in All Seasons

WORKSHOP LEADERS

The Rev. Dr. Emily Bisset, Toronto, Ontario
Workshop: Preserving the Mystery of God in an Age of Information

His Eminence Thomas Cardinal Collins, Toronto, Ontario
Workshop: Lectio Divina: Renewing for Today an Old and Vital Way of Praying the Word of God

The Rev. Barry Morrison, Wolfville, Nova Scotia
Workshop: The Healing Word: Content, Process and Presence

The Rev. Dr. Morar Murray-Hayes, Oakville, Ontario
Workshop: Preaching the Good News

The Rev. Dr. Anna Robbins, Wolfville, Nova Scotia
Workshop: Beyond Four Seasons: Preaching Hope in a Nihilistic Culture

The Rev. Dr. John Rottman, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Workshop: Preaching that Changes the World: What I learned from Angola Prison

The Rev. Dr. Victor Shepherd, Toronto, Ontario
Workshop: Diverse Approaches to Sermon Construction:
 As Varied as the “Many-Splendored Grace”

The Rev. Dr. Paul Scott Wilson, Toronto, Ontario
Workshop: Changing Culture: Challenges and Opportunities for Preaching

2014

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

The Rev. Dr. Walter Brueggemann, Cincinnati, Ohio
Sermon: Breaking the Silence
Sermon: Refusing the Ordinary
Workshop: Psalms in Particular, Practical Contemporaneity

The Rev. Dr. Barbara Mutch, Vancouver, British Columbia
Keynote Address: Preaching as Struggle, Mystery and Joy

Sermon: Four Little Words
Workshop: Poverty as Holy Prop: A workshop for preachers who aren’t divine

The Rev. Dr. Danielle Ayana James, Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta

Keynote Address: You are here! – Sacred Cartography and the Preacher’s Context
Sermon: TBD
Workshop: Solo but Not Alone: Cultivating an Interior Preaching Life

His Eminence Thomas Cardinal Collins, Toronto, Ontario

Sermon: Lectio Divina

WORKSHOP LEADERS

The Rev. Dr. Emily Bisset, Toronto, Ontario
Workshop: Becoming Well-Spoken: Making connections between the words of the church and everyday conversation

The Rev. Dr. Michael Knowles, Hamilton, Ontario
Workshop: Preaching Beyond the Postmodern Impasse

Florence MacGregor, Toronto, Ontario
Workshop: Preacher Gym: A Sacred Playground for Creative Exploration

Rev. Dr. Pamela McCarroll, Toronto, Ontario
Workshop: Preaching Hope in the Face of Tragedy and Despair

The Rev. Dr. Marvin McMickle, Rochester, New York
Workshop: Preaching in the African American Tradition: A Journey from Slavery to Freedom

The Rev. Barry Morrison, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Workshop: Getting to the Heart of the Matter: The Preacher as Poet and Teller of Souls

The Rev. Dr. David Neelands, Toronto, Ontario
Workshop: By Many or By Few: Preaching in a Small Community

The Rev. Dr. Gary V. Nelson, Toronto, Ontario
Workshop: God’s Story in Your Story: Preaching as Experienced Narrative from the Borderlands

The Rev. Canon Dr. Judy Rois, Toronto, Ontario
Workshop: Why is the same sermon a great success in one congregation and a flop in another? Knowing the Audience Makes the Difference

The Rev. Robert Thaler, New Hamburg, Ontario

Workshop: Tell Me the Stories of Jesus

The Rev. Canon Dr. Todd Townshend, London Ontario
Workshop: Proclamation Slam: What Preachers Can Learn from the Poetry Slam

The Rev. Dr. Paul Scott Wilson, Toronto, Ontario
Workshop: Fusion Preaching

2013

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

The Rev. Dr. David J. Lose St. Paul, Minnesota
Keynote Address: Preaching in the Age of Digital Pluralism
Workshop: Preaching Ourselves into the Biblical Story
Sermon: Marking the Thin Places

The Rev. Dr. Jana L. Childers, San Francisco, California
Keynote Address: Humble Truths: Creativity & the Preacher’s Ego
Workshop: Body – The Spirit’s Message Board

Sermon: “Perfect Harmony”

The Rev. Dr. John M. Buchanan, Chicago, Illinois
Keynote Address: What in the World will Become of Us? Does the Church have a Future?
Workshop: Survival Skills for the Preacher
Sermon: The Risky Business of Preaching and Listening to Sermons

The Rev. Dr. Paul Scott Wilson, Toronto, Ontario
Keynote Address: Preaching as Poetry in an Age of Math
Workshop: Allowing the Word’s Beauty to be Heard
Sermon: The Beauty of the Unbeautiful

WORKSHOP LEADERS

The Rev. Dr. Annette Brownlee, Oakville, Ontario
Workshop: Using Stories in
Sermons: What Questions do We Ask?

The Rev. Dr. J. Peter Holmes, Toronto, Ontario
Workshop: Preaching as a Matter of Death and Life – The Funeral Sermon

The Rev. Will Ingram, Toronto, Ontario
Workshop: Preaching Toward the “Horizons” of Healthy Congregations

Dr. Michael Knowles, Hamilton, Ontario
Workshop: Preaching as Parable

The Rev. Dr. Kevin Livingston, Toronto, Ontario
Workshop: Redeeming Lectio Continua: Possibilities for a Neglected Preaching Form

The Rev. Dr. Fred Penney, Toronto, Ontario
Workshop: Exegetical Skills for Expository Preaching

The Rev. Dr. Gail A. Ricciuti, D.D., Rochester, New York
Workshop: Reading the Image, Reading the Text

The Rev. Dr. Malcolm Sinclair, Toronto, Ontario
Workshop: Preaching the Hero

The Rev. Dr. Andrew Stirling, Toronto, Ontario
Workshop: It Takes Courage – Preaching as a Missionary Endeavour

The Rev. Canon Dr. Todd Townshend, London, Ontario
Workshop: Preaching Resurrection

Rev. Dr. Rev. Dr. Daniel L. Wong, Toronto, Ontario
Workshop: Preaching in a Multi-Cultural World

2011 – 2004

2011

The Rev. Dr. Anna Carter Florence, Decatur, Georgia
Lecture: “Scripture and Testimony: Speaking the Faith We See and Believe”
Sermon (morning): “Diving In”
Sermon (evening): “Preaching the Verbs”

2010

The Rev. Dr. Molly T. Marshall, Shawnee, Kansas
Lecture: “Telling it Slant: Preaching on the Trinitarian Life of God”
Sermon (morning): “God Plays all the Roles”
Sermon (evening): “The Church as Icon of the Trinity”

2009

The Rev. Darrell Johnson, Vancouver, British Columbia
Lecture: “So, What Is Supposed To Happen When We Preach?”
Sermon (morning): “Scandalous Love” (Part I)
Sermon (evening): “Scandalous Love” (Part II)

2008

The Rev. Dr. Brian Haymes, Manchester, England
Lecture: “Preaching with Integrity”
Sermon (morning): “God’s lively Word”
Sermon (evening): “The Searching God”

2007

The Rev. Dr. Stephen Farris, Vancouver, British Columbia
Lecture: “Preaching Resurrection”
Sermon (morning): “The Power Working in Us”
Sermon (evening): “By Grace Through Faith”

2006

The Rev. Dr. David L. Bartlett, Decatur, Georgia
Lecture: “Finding the Gospel in the Old Testament”
Sermon (morning): “Wrestling with God”
Sermon (evening): “Bartimaeus”

2005

The Rev. Dr.Paul Scott Wilson, Toronto, Ontario
Lecture: “God Talk in a Weary World”
Sermon (morning): “Standing for Something”
Sermon (evening): “Sent by Someone”

2004

The Rev. Dr. Joseph R. Jeter, Jr., Fort Worth, Texas
Lecture: “Dry and Famished”
Sermon (morning): “Come to the Waters… and Remember”
Sermon (evening): “At Table with Friends… and Enemies”

2003 – 1996

2003

The Rev. Dr. Cleophus J. LaRue, Princeton, New Jersey
Lecture: “African-American Preaching: Characteristics Worthy of Emulation”
Sermon (morning): “It Will Surely Come”
Sermon (evening): “God is at Work”

2002

The Very Rev. Dr. Gilleasbuig Macmillan, Edinburgh, Scotland
Lecture: “Integrated Preaching”
Sermon (morning): “Angels, Devils, Saints and Smells”
Sermon (evening): “This and That”

2001

The Rev. Dr. Leonora Tubbs Tisdale, Basking Ridge, New Jersey
Lecture: “Is There a Prophet in the House?”
Sermon (morning): “Courage to Speak”
Sermon (evening): “The Gospel We Don’t Want to Hear (or Preach)”

2000

Rev. Dr. William H. Willimon, Durham, North Carolina
Lecture: “A Postmodern Reading of the Bible: John 2:1-11”
Sermon (morning): “You Call This a Church?”
Sermon (evening): “Why Didn’t They Know Him?”

1999

Rev. Dr. Ernest T. Campbell, New York, NY
Lecture: “Imagination in Preaching”
Sermon (morning): “Don’t Go There!”
Sermon (evening): “In All Generations”

1998

Canon T. Herbert O’Driscoll, Victoria, B.C.
Lecture: (Rev. Dr. Stephen Farris, Toronto)
Sermon (morning): “Some Dos and Don’ts for a Wilderness Journey”
Sermon (evening): “Signs of Grace and Hope”

1997

Dr. Michael Quicke, London, England
Lecture: “What Makes a Preacher?”
Sermon (morning): “Adventure with God”
Sermon (evening): “Being Serious with God”

1996

Dr. Colin Morris, London, England
Lecture: “Preacher as Public Performer”
Sermon (morning): “The Dependence of God”
Sermon (evening): “The Statement of the Christian Case”

1995 – 1987

1995

Dr. John N. Gladstone, Toronto
Lecture: “Authentic Preaching” Exploring Four Points of The Compass of Proclamation”
Sermon (morning): “From the White House to the Lord’s House”
Sermon (evening): “The Right Look in Your Eye”

1994

Dr. Andrew MacRae, Wolfville, N.S.
Lecture: “Communicating with Our Culture”
Sermon (morning): “The Inclusiveness of God”
Sermon (evening): “The Imperatives of the Gospel”

1993

Dr. John M. Buchanan, Chicago, IL
Lecture: “Surviving in the Parish”
Sermon (morning): “A Man Lost in the Middle of Life”
Sermon (evening): “A Woman Thirsting for Life”

1992

Dr. Thomas G. Long, Princeton, N.J.
Lecture: “The Need to Know When the Preacher becomes a Teacher”
Sermon (morning): “Kindness” Simple and Not-So-Simple”
Sermon (evening): “Learning How to Tell Time”

1991

Dr. Fred B. Craddock, Atlanta, GA
Lecture: “Is There Anything New About Preaching?”
Sermon (morning): “With the Best of Intentions”
Sermon (evening): “But do I Have to?”

1990

Dr. Murdo Ewen Macdonald, Glasgow
Lecture: “The Craft of Preaching”
Sermon (morning): “The Authentic Radical”
Sermon (evening): “Jesus and the Children”

1989

Rev. Dr. Rex A. Mason, Tauton, England

1988

Rev. Dr. R. Maurice Boyd, New York, New York

1987

Rev. Dr. A. Leonard Griffith, Toronto, Ontario