2017 Summer Preaching Series

YPBC is pleased to announce our line-up of world-renowned guest speakers for the 2017 season. Don't miss this exciting, thought-provoking, and inspirational summer ministry. Unless indicated, our guests will be preaching both morning and evening services.

We look forward to seeing you in person, or watch live online.

July 2 and 9
Rev. Richard Root


With twenty years of experience in pastoral ministry, Richard Root comes to us from Mississauga City Baptist Church and has just completed serving a term as President of Canadian Baptists of Ontario and Quebec. He has a passion for the work of the local church, and particularly for seeing how not only individual lives but entire communities are transformed as people move outside the walls of the church building to live and speak the good news of Christ.

Richard is a graduate of the clinical psychology program at the University of Waterloo and holds an M.Div. degree from McMaster Divinity College . Richard and his wife Corinna have three children: Rachel (13), Nicole (10) and Joshua (6). When he is not enjoying the busy, sleep-deprived euphoria of work and family he can be found indulging his love for the cinema, squash and distance running.



July 16
Ed Wilson

Ed Wilson serves as IJM Canada's Executive Director. A strategic and visionary leader, Ed aims to mobilize mass contributions by Canadians for IJM's mission of protecting the poor from violence. Prior to becoming Executive Director in 2014, Ed served as Chief Operating Officer of IJM Canada for eight years, during which time he helped lead the organization's dramatic growth.

Ed is passionately committed to IJM's mission and vision. He believes that each person, working as part of the greater collective, has the potential to help achieve this vision by speaking and acting against injustice. Ed's motto is "great ideas with great execution can change the world." For many years, he pursued his dream of building a community of activists committed to societal transformation through the churches that he led in Southern Ontario. Immediately prior to joining IJM Canada, he served as a founding Board member and first Executive Director of Heartwood Place in Kitchener, Ontario, a non-profit organization providing safe, affordable and adequate housing to individuals and families in need. In 2004, Heartwood Place was honoured by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation with a National Housing Award for Best Practices.

Ed holds a B.A. in English Language and Literature from the University of Western Ontario, and a B.Ed. from Queen's University in Kingston. Ed and his wife Judy live in London, Ontario and are parents of three adult children and grandparents of three.


July 23 and 30
The Rev. Dr. Marvin McMickle

Born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1948, Rev. Marvin A. McMickle, Ph.D., is a 1970 graduate of Aurora University in Illinois with a B.A. in Philosophy. His alma mater also awarded him the degree of Doctor of Divinity in 1990. He earned a Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York City in 1973 and did two additional years of graduate study at Columbia University in New York. He earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey, in 1983. He was awarded the Doctor of Philosophy degree (Ph.D.) from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio in 1998. He was also awarded the Doctor of Humane Letters by Payne Theological Seminary in Wilberforce, Ohio, in 2010.

Dr. McMickle was elected as the 12th President of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, Rochester, New York by the School's Board of Trustees on May 17, 2011. He was pastor of Antioch Baptist Church in Cleveland, Ohio from 1987 to 2011 and a member of the Board of Trustees of Cleveland State University in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. McMickle was also the Professor of Homiletics at Ashland Theological Seminary in Ashland, Ohio, from 1996 to 2011. Upon retiring from Ashland Theological Seminary, the faculty named him Professor Emeritus. He is the author of 15 books. He has also authored dozens of articles that regularly appear in professional journals and magazines. His writings also appear in Feasting on the Word and Preaching God's Transforming Justice; two recent preaching commentaries. He is a member of the Martin Luther King, Jr. International Board of Preachers at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. In the winter semester of 2009 he served as a Visiting Professor of Preaching at Yale University Divinity School.


August 6 and 13
The Rev. Dr. Anna Robbins

The Rev. Dr. Anna Robbins is the Director of Doctoral Studies, overseeing the Acadia Doctor of Ministry program, and Academic Dean of Acadia Divinity College. Dr. Robbins also serves as Associate Professor of Theology, Culture and Ethics.

Anna grew up in Saint John, New Brunswick, spent several years in Ottawa at Carleton University and then moved back to the Maritimes where she achieved her Master of Religious Education (1993) and Master of Arts in Theology (1997) at Acadia University. She served in outreach, youth, Christian education, and interim pastoral ministries at Central in Saint John and at Aylesford, Clementsvale and Digby, Nova Scotia. In 1997, Anna moved to Wales where she completed her Ph.D. at Aberystwyth University.

Between 2000 and 2012, she served on the faculty of the London School of Theology in the U.K. She taught Theology and Contemporary Culture and acted as a theological consultant to various organizations including: Theos (a public theology think tank), Christians in Politics, Tearfund, and the Evangelical Alliance. She served on the council of the Baptist Union of Great Britain and was a British delegate to the Baptist World Alliance.


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