ANDERSON, S.C. – Prospective students are invited to Anderson University Oct. 2 to learn about the Christian university’s programs and hear a live message from Rick Warren, one of the nation’s best-known pastors and authors.

Prospective students who want to attend the event can register here.

Warren is the featured speaker of Anderson’s second annual John A. Broadus Lectures on Preaching. The series is an event for students and church leaders honoring one of the nation’s pioneering teachers of preaching.

While attendance at the lectures is free and open to the public, prospective students can register for the visit event for $10 and receive take-home material from Rick Warren and dinner for themselves and two parents/guardians.

Rick Warren is founder and Senior Pastor of Saddleback Community Church in Lake Forest, Calif., one of the ten largest churches in the U.S. His book The Purpose Driven Life has sold more than 30 million copies, making it the best-selling hardback book (apart from the Bible) in American history. Time magazine named him one of “15 World Leaders Who Mattered Most in 2004” and in 2005 one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World.” In 2005 U.S. News & World Report named him one of “America’s 25 Best Leaders.” His is one of the most popular Christian websites used by church leaders.

“Rick Warren is one of the most significant influencers of preaching and church life in our day, and we are delighted that he will be a part of this lecture series,” explains Michael Duduit, Dean of Anderson’s College of Christian Studies. “We are also glad that our students and guests will have an opportunity to hear him preach during university worship as well as discuss preaching in the lectures.”

The lectureship is named in honor of John A. Broadus, who was one of the four founding faculty members in 1859 of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Greenville, S.C.; the seminary moved to Louisville, Ky. in 1877. He served as professor of preaching and later president of the seminary. His classic book, On the Preparation and Delivery of Sermons , was written while teaching in Greenville and was the nation’s preeminent text on the subject for the next century.

“Broadus was the father of modern expository preaching, and today’s great evangelical preachers are his legacy,” notes Duduit, who also serves as executive editor of Preaching magazine in addition to his role at Anderson. “We are blessed to be able to reclaim this important part of South Carolina’s Christian heritage through recognizing the Broadus name in connection with this significant annual lectureship.”

Anderson University is a selective, comprehensive university offering bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees on campus and online. Anderson is ranked #21 among southern regional colleges in U.S. News and World Report’s Best Colleges and is on that publication’s list of 49 up & coming universities in America. It is also ranked as one of America’s “100 Best College Buys.” Visit for more information.

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