Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Duke Chapel Service May 1 to Feature in Black Alumni Collective Conference

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The Duke Chapel worship service on Sunday, May 1, at 11:00 a.m. is a featured event in the Duke Black Alumni Collective National Conference.

The guest preacher for the service will be the Rev. Dr. Howard-John Wesley, a 1994 Duke graduate and senior pastor of Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria, Virginia. Under Dr. Wesley’s leadership, the Alfred  Street Baptist Church has grown from 2,800 members to 10,000 members, 60,000 plus monthly online viewers, and eighty active ministries with an emphasis on children’s ministries and missions. His radio show Faith Forward is one of the most listened-to religious broadcasts in the Washington, DC area, and his sermons on YouTube have garnered more than 100 million views. A sought-after speaker for worship services, conferences, and revivals, he serves on the board of trustees of Virginia Union University, the board of visitors of Duke Divinity School, the board of trustees of and the John Leland Center for Theological Studies, and the board of directors of the Lott Carey Baptist Foreign Missionary Convention.

At the same service, the guest organist and choir conductor will be Dr. James Abbington, associate professor of church music and worship at the Candler School of Theology. Dr. Abbington serves as executive editor of the African American Church Music Series from GIA Publications. In addition to writing and editing, he has produced numerous recordings under GIA. He has previously served as the national director of music for both the Progressive National Baptist Convention and the NAACP. In 2015, he became the second African American to be named a Fellow of The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada. His research interests include music and worship in the Christian church, African American sacred folk music, organ, choral music, and ethnomusicology.

Parking is available in the Bryan Center garage at 125 Science Drive. ADA parking is available in the Bryan Center Surface Lot at the same address. Receive a pass for free parking on Sunday mornings at the visitor desk inside the Chapel.

Masking in Duke Chapel is optional for those who are fully vaccinated. If you have not been vaccinated, Duke requires that you wear a mask in all Duke facilities. Thank you for doing your part to keep the Chapel open and safe for all. Read more about campus public health measures.

The service will be livestreamed here: