About the Lectures

The Hughes Preaching Lecture Series (HPLS) is an annual forum for a prominent pastor or scholar gives 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 of Pastoral Excellence. For information on the Hughes 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.

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

Upcoming Lectures

RTS Orlando is pleased to welcome Rev. Dr. David Swanson to deliver the 2021 Hughes Preaching Lectures on Oct. 19 and 20, 2021. Dr. Swanson serves as Senior Minister of First Presbyterian Church of Orlando (EPC), a congregation situated in the heart of the Orlando metropolitan area. His lecture series is titled, “Through the Looking Glass: What Preaching Actually Entails.” All are welcome to attend the lectures and to join Dr. Swanson for a Q&A luncheon (please register here). The schedule for the series is as follows:

Tuesday, Oct. 19

  • 11:00 – 11:50 – Lecture 1: The Preacher as Communicator
  • 1:00 –  1:50 – Lecture 2: The Preacher as Shepherd

Wednesday, Oct. 20

  • 11:00 – 11:50 – Lecture 3: The Preacher and Emotion
  • 12:00 – 12:50 – Lunchtime Q & A with Dr. Swanson
  • 1:00 – 1:50 – Lecture 4: The Preacher and Manner of Life