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Third Annual Girardeau Lectures set for March 11-12

Girardeau sliderErskine Theological Seminary and First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, S.C., will welcome the Rev. Leon Brown as speaker for the Third Annual John L. Girardeau Lectures March 11-12.

The Rev. Leon Brown is pastor of Crown and Joy Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Richmond, Virginia and recently published Words in Season: On Sharing the Hope that is Within Us in 2013. He received a bachelor’s degree in Communications Studies from the University of San Diego, and went on to earn an M.A. in Historical Theology and as well as an M.Div. degree from Westminster Seminary California. He is now pursuing a Ph.D. in Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies. Brown served in the U.S. Navy for 10 years. He and his wife Rosalinda have two children.

Brown will speak Wednesday, March 11, at 6:15 p.m. in Jackson Hall at First Presbyterian Church. His topic will be “The Great Commission: ‘Don’t Forsake the Context.'” The lecture will be preceded by a supper ($4 per person) at 5:15 p.m. in Jackson Hall. A short question-and-answer session at 7:15 p.m. will follow the lecture. The event will conclude by 7:30 p.m. The public is welcome to attend.

A “Lunch and Learn” session with Brown is scheduled for 12 noon Thursday, March 12, at Erskine Theological Seminary’s Columbia campus. Reservations are required for the Lunch and Learn event. For information, please contact Crystal Tolbert by email at or by phone at 803-771-6180.

Brown will also deliver a second lecture for Erskine Seminary students, friends, and visitors entitled “The New Covenant: Three Words Make the Difference” Thursday, March 12, at 6 p.m. in the Palmer Ministry Center of First Presbyterian Church.

For further information about the Girardeau Lectures contact Crystal Tolbert at Erskine Theological Seminary’s Columbia campus by email at or by phone at 803-771-6180.


The Girardeau Lectures are named in honor of John Lafayette Girardeau (1825-1898), whose extensive pastoral and educational ministry among the slave population in Charleston, South Carolina, developed many African American leaders for the Church. He stood against segregation in the Southern Presbyterian Church during Reconstruction and became one of the South’s leading theologians and educators. While a student at Columbia Seminary from 1845 to 1848 he attended First Presbyterian Church, and in 1875 returned to Columbia after pastoring in Charleston. As Professor of Didactic and Polemic Theology in the Seminary, Girardeau supplied the pulpit of First Presbyterian Church.

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