2021 Summer Preaching Series - ONLINE

YPBC is pleased to announce our line-up of summer speakers for the 2021 season. Don't miss this exciting, thought-provoking, and inspirational summer ministry. Join us live online.

July 11
Dr. Stuart Blythe

Stuart Blythe is an ordained Scottish Baptist minister. Over a 15-year period he was a pastor in two churches, a small urban church, and a large suburban church. For ten years he taught at the Scottish Baptist College near Glasgow. In 2014 he became the ‘Rector' of the International Baptist Theological Study Centre in Amsterdam. In 2017, he relocated to Canada to become the Associate Professor in the John Gladstone Chair of Preaching and Worship at Acadia Divinity College.

His qualifications include both a MTh (University of Wales) and a PhD (University of Edinburgh) which focus on preaching. He is married to Susanne and they have two grown up children. They live the Scottish stereotype in that they both play bagpipes as a hobby.


July 18
Rev. 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. 


July 25
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 (20), Nicole (18) and Joshua (14). When he is not busy with work or family he can be found indulging his love for the cinema, cycling, classical music and photography.


August 1
Rev. Leanne Friesen

Rev. Leanne Friesen has served as the Lead Pastor of Mount Hamilton Baptist Church in Hamilton for the last fifteen years. She is also a frequent guest speaker and teacher at conferences and special events in Ontario and Canada. She writes about life and ministry at her blog leannefriesen.com


August 8
Rev. Susan Sparks

As a trial lawyer turned standup comedian and Baptist minister, Susan Sparks is America's only female comedian with a pulpit. A North Carolina native, Susan received her B.A. at the University of North Carolina where she was President of her Class and a law degree from Wake Forest University.

After ten years as a lawyer moonlighting as a standup, she left her practice and spent two years on a solo trip around the world, including working with Mother Teresa's mission in Calcutta, climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, and driving the Alaska Highway. Upon returning home, she entered Union Theological Seminary in New York City where she earned a Master of Divinity and wrote an honors thesis on humor and religion. In May 2007, Susan was installed as Madison Avenue Baptist Church's 15th Senior Minister and the first woman in its 170-year history.

Susan is also a professional comedian touring nationally with a Rabbi and a Muslim Comic in the Laugh in Peace Tour. Her work with humor, healing, and spirituality has been featured in O (The Oprah) Magazine, the New York Times, and on such networks as ABC, CNN, and CBS.

A nationally syndicated columnist for GateHouse Media, Susan also blogs for Psychology Today, Baptist News Global, and the Huffington Post. Her first book, Laugh Your Way to Grace: Reclaiming the Spiritual Power of Humor, was named one of the best spiritual books of 2010, and her second book, Preaching Punchlines, was released in 2019. Susan is the 20th recipient of the John L. Haber Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts given by the University of North Carolina and the Intersections International Award for her interfaith work to promote justice and reconciliation among diverse communities.

Most importantly, Susan and her husband Toby love to fly-fish, ride their Harleys, eat good BBQ, and root for North Carolina Basketball and the Green Bay Packers.


August 15
Rev. 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.

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 22
Rev. Dr. Anthony Bailey

Anthony Bailey has been lead minister at Parkdale United Church in Ottawa since 1999. Originally from Barbados, he has lived and served in various parts of Canada, Africa and the Caribbean. Anthony obtained a Bachelor of Social Work from McGill University in 1980. In 1986, he received a Master of Divinity from the Vancouver School of Theology and was ordained by the United Church of Canada the same year. He has also earned an M.A. in
Philosophy of Religion from McGill University and a D.Min from the Columbia Theological Seminary.

A pastor and teacher at heart, Bailey taught at the McGill University's joint theological colleges and the Theological College of the University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica. Anthony is a recipient of the Dreamkeepers' Martin Luther King Jr. Life Achievement Award for Racial Reconciliation. He wrote the biblical and theological study resource for Sankofa: The Histories and Heritages of Black Peoples in the United Church of Canada. As well, he has written a chapter entitled "Against Racism: All Nations, Including Black Peoples, in the Imagination of God" in Triumph of Hope: Essays in Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Ottawa School of Theology & Spirituality. He conducts workshops and speaks in churches, schools, service clubs and Federal Government departments on a number of subjects including: intercultural competence, social justice, anti-black racism, Black History, and reconciliation. Anthony's wife Wendy has an engineering degree and a Masters in Applied Science from McGill. They have four children.

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