About the Lectures

The Hughes Preaching Lecture Series is an annual forum for a prominent pastor or scholar to give a series of lectures on our campus which either address the subject of preaching or in some indirect but significant way resource faithful and effective Christian preaching. They may be offered by a preacher regarding that sacred task or they may be given by someone from another field of expertise to help illumine and enhance the work of preachers in fulfilling their divine calling. The event includes a series of four lectures with time for discussion. These lectures are held in the Pamplin Chapel.

The lectures were established in 2017 in honor of the generous support of Robbie Hughes to Reformed Theological Seminary’s preparation of future preachers via the establishment of the Hughes Institute for Pastoral Excellence. For information on the Hughes Initiative and the Hughes Scholarships available to select students, visit this webpage.

Past Speakers

To listen to past lectures, select the year you would like to hear.

2021 | Rev. Dr. David Swanson

2019 | Dr. Mika Edmondson

2018 | Dr. Philip G. Ryken
Fully Evangelical, Totally Biblical Maximally Practical Homiletics

2017 | Kevin DeYoung, MDiv
How Can a Biblical Sermon Be So Boring? Preaching Christ Faithfully and Effectively

2022 Lectures

RTS Orlando is pleased to welcome Rev. Dr. David Strain to deliver the 2022 Hughes Preaching Lectures on Nov. 8 and 9, 2022. Dr. Strain serves as Senior Minister of the historic First Presbyterian Church of Jackson, a community of Christians that has sought to serve the Jackson area for almost 180 years. His lecture series is titled “The Priorities of Preaching”.  All are welcome to attend the lectures and to join Dr. Strain for a Q&A luncheon (please register here). The schedule for the series is as follows:

Tuesday, Nov. 8

  • 11:00 – 11:50 – Lecture 1: The Spirituality of Preaching
  • 1:00 – 1:50 – Lecture 2: Preaching Shepherds the Flock 

Wednesday, Nov. 9

  • 11:00 – 11:50 – Lecture 3: Preaching Equips the Saints
  • 12:00 – 12:50 – Lunchtime Q & A with Dr. Strain
  • 1:00 – 1:50 – Lecture 4: Preaching Reaches the Lost