2018 Summer Preaching Series

YPBC is pleased to announce our line-up of world-renowned guest speakers for the 2018 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 8 and 15
Rev. Richard Root


Richard Root serves as lead pastor at Mississauga City Baptist Church, a thriving, diverse, multicultural congregation with more than 70 different nations represented in its growing family. He is past president of CBOQ-Canadian Baptists of Ontario and Quebec-and has served as a board member for several other Christian mission organizations, community agencies and academic institutions.

Richard and his wife Corinna have three children: Rachel (19), Nicole (17) and Joshua (1e). When he is not busy with work or family he can be found indulging his love for the cinema, cycling, classical music and distance running.



July 22
Dr. Paul Scott Wilson

The Rev. Dr. Paul Scott Wilson is Professor of Homiletics at Emmanuel College at the University of Toronto and the Toronto School of Theology, where he teaches at the basic and doctoral levels.

Paul is the son of a minister, ordained in the United Church of Canada. He has served several churches in both full-time and interim capacity and has a long involvement with youth ministry. Paul is a past president of the Academy of Homiletics, and the author of numerous books. He lectures and preaches widely throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia and Canada.

Paul is married to Deanna, who is also an ordained minister. They have three grown children.  


July 29
Dr. Stephen Farris

Dr. Farris received his Doctor of Ministry and Masters of Theology from Union Theological Seminary in Virginia, followed by his PhD from Cambridge University, England. He was ordained by the Presbytery of Kingston in 1981 and served as Minister for five years at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Amherstview, Ontario.
Since then he has served as a member of the Executive Committee of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches where he was charged with negotiating the repudiation of apartheid by the Dutch Reformed Church of South Africa and its readmission to the Alliance. He was the Moderator of the 140th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Canada. And until 2016 served as the Dean of St. Andrew's Hall and as a Professor of Homiletics and New Testament at the Vancouver School of Theology. Dr. Farris is the author of several books and has contributed to many other books, articles and resources. He has lectured and preached across North America and around the world.


August 5
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 12
Dr. Karoline Lewis

The Rev. Dr. Karoline M. Lewis joined the Luther Seminary faculty as assistant professor of biblical preaching in 2007. She has held adjunct faculty positions at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Candler School of Theology in Atlanta and Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Ga. She was also adjunct faculty in the Bible division at Luther Seminary from 1994 to 1995 and in 2006.

Ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America in 1999, Lewis was associate pastor of worship and education at Amazing Grace Lutheran Church in Lawrenceville, Ga. (1999-2002). She is a member of the American Academy of Religion, Academy of Homiletics and the Society of Biblical Literature, for which she also serves as president for the Upper Midwest Region. She has served as associate editor for the journal Word & World and is in her second term as the chair of the leadership division at Luther Seminary.

A graduate of Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., Lewis received a Master of Divinity from Luther Seminary in 1994 and a Doctor of Philosophy in New Testament studies from Emory University in Atlanta in 2006. She has led conferences, workshops and retreats throughout the country and Canada, and was one of the featured preachers at the Festival of Homiletics in Minneapolis in 2011 and in Atlanta in 2012.

Lewis is the author of "Rereading the ‘Shepherd Discourse:' Restoring the Integrity of John 9:39-10:21" (Peter Lang Publishing, 2008); the introduction and study notes for the Gospel of John in the Lutheran Study Bible (Augsburg Fortress, 2009) and co-author of "New Proclamation: Year B, 2009, Easter through Christ the King" (Fortress Press, 2009). She has authored articles for The Christian Century, Feasting on the Word, Lutheran Forum and Word & World. She is a contributing writer to WorkingPreacher.org and co-host of the site's weekly podcast, Sermon Brainwave.


August 19
Rev. Paula Willis

Paula Willis is a Chaplain at Mount Sinai Hospital and the Toronto Grace Health Centre in downtown Toronto. She is a graduate of York University (B.A.) and Trinity College, University of Toronto (MDiv) and was ordained at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church in January 2015. On Sunday mornings at Yorkminster she conducts a bible study, the current subject being Women in Scripture.

Paula grew up in Thornhill and her early life was filled with music. From attending the Royal Conservatory of Music (singing) from the age of 6 until early adulthood to joining the Canadian Children's Opera Chorus and both Mendelssohn Youth and Mendelssohn Choirs her world sang and she with it. She is an avid reader, researcher and writer in her spare time and mother of two, Philip and Colette, both of whom she considers the greatest of teachers.

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