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2013 Nelson W. Trout Lectures

bisho-w-thomasThis year's Nelson W. Trout Lecture Series features Bishop Walter S. Thomas, Sr.

Bishop Thomas is Pastor of New Psalmist Baptist Church in Baltimore, Maryland.

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Trout Lectures YouTube Sessions
Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Gloria Dei Worship Center
Dr. Walter Scott Thomas, Sr.
April 18 – 19, 2013

Opening Worship (4-18-13, 2:00 pm):
First Presentation (4-18-13, 3:00 pm):
Community Worship (4-18-13, 7:30 pm):
Second Presentation (4-19-13, 8:00 am):

The Message is in the Story

Bishop Walter Scott Thomas Sr. has served as the pastor of New Psalmist Baptist Church in Baltimore since 1975. Under his leadership, the church has grown from 200 to more than 7,000 members and moved into a new, 4,000-seat facility. He has developed programs on evangelism, mission, and education, providing daily Christian education classes and worship services on Wednesday and Sunday. The church also has a national television broadcast, “Empowering Disciples,” airing on the Word Network and WJZ TV in Baltimore.
Bishop Thomas is a highly regarded leader and coach with more than 30 years of experience working with church leaders, pastors, and church staffs to build effective ministry teams. Known as “a Pastor’s Pastor,” he was elected bishop in 2005 by 28 sons and daughters of New Psalmist, who now pastor churches across the nation. They also elected him President of Kingdom Association of Covenant Pastors, an association of men and women who have been influenced by the ministry of New Psalmist Baptist Church and Bishop Thomas. Bishop Thomas is the author of Spiritual Navigation for the 21st Century and Good Meat Makes Its Own Gravy, and editor and contributor to Outstanding Black Sermons Volume 4. He received a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Maryland; a Master of Divinity degree from the Howard University School of Religion, Washington, D.C.; and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Saint Mary’s Seminary & University in Baltimore. He also holds an Honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Virginia Seminary and Bethune Cookman College. Bishop Thomas and his committed partner in ministry, Patricia, have three children, Joi, Walter Jr., and Joshua.


Trinity Lutheran Seminary
Gloria Dei Worship Center

Thursday, April 18
2:00 p.m. Gathering, Welcome, Praise and Worship
3:00 First presentation: Bishop Walter Thomas Sr.
5:00 Break for book signing and dinner on your own
7:30 Community worship: Bishop Walter Thomas Sr., preaching

Friday, April 19
8:00 a.m. Gathering, Praise and Worship
8:15 Second presentation: Bishop Walter Thomas Sr.
9:45 Nelson Trout Lectures conclude
10:00 Community Eucharist

These endowed lectures are free and open to the public.  Registration is not necessary.

About the Nelson W. Trout lectures:
Rejoicing in the rich history and important influence of African American Christianity throughout the world, the Nelson W. Trout lectures in preaching remind us of the
need to bring God’s message to life. Established in 1991, the Trout lectures honor former Trinity Professor, the Rev. Dr. Nelson W. Trout (1920-1996), who was the first African American Lutheran bishop in the United States. His vibrant preaching and commitment to social ministry inspired hundreds of seminary students and touched thousands of lives.

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