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Western Theological Seminary's Bast Preaching Initiatives emphasize preaching as a vocation worthy of our lives. We believe it is essential for preachers to dwell in the Bible and allow the Bible to dwell in us. 


The Bast Preaching Festival is an opportunity for pastors, teachers, and communicators to gather and grow through lectures, workshops, and worship.


The cost to attend is $50.


Scroll down to learn more about this year's featured speaker Dr. Jared Alcántara and the schedule for the event. 

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Jared E. Alcántara is Professor of Preaching and holder of the Paul W. Powell Endowed Chair in Preaching at George W. Truett Seminary. He was born and raised in New Jersey and came to faith in Christ at the age of fourteen. 


An ordained Baptist minister, he has served as a youth pastor, associate pastor, and teaching pastor in Illinois, Massachusetts, Oregon, and New Jersey. 


Before coming to Truett, from 2014-2018, he served as an associate professor of homiletics at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois.


Monday, March 27


9:30 AM: Registration


9:55 AM: Chapel & Community Time

Refreshments provided


10:45 AM: Lecture by Dr. Jared Alcántara


12 PM: Lunch

Included with registration


1 PM: Workshops

More information coming soon.


2 PM: Workshops

More information coming soon. 


3:15 PM: Worship 


Tuesday, March 28


9:55 AM: Chapel & Community Time

Chapel will be conducted in Spanish. 


Bast Preaching Festival 2019 with Rev. Timothy Blackmon
Bast Preaching Festival 2018 with Dr. Timothy Brown
Bast Preaching Festival 2017 with Dr. Richard Mouw
Bast Preaching Festival 2016 with Rev. Dr. Frank Thomas
Bast Preaching Festival 2015 with Rev. Anna Carter Florence
Bast Preaching Festival 2014: Rev Eugene Peterson