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The Joy and Burden of Preaching: Northwest Regional Conference to Be Held at Multnomah University.

Multnomah Biblical Seminary will host and co-sponsor the Northwest Regional Conference on Preaching on April 19-20, 2013, presented by The Center for Urban Pastoral Leadership. Dr. Robert Smith will be the featured speaker, focusing on the conference theme “The Joy and Burden of Preaching.” A simultaneous event will be available for women, featuring international speaker and workshop leader Dr. Wanda Taylor Smith emphasizing the specific needs of Women’s Ministry.

Who Should Attend

Pastors, women married to pastors, women’s ministry leaders, students, and church leaders will benefit from interaction with others involved in ministry. They will be provided with resources that will assist them in their ministries.

Event Schedule

Friday Evening, April 19, 7pm

Saturday, April 20, 9:00am – 3:00pm

  • Morning session – Preparing to Preach: The Task in the Study
  • Afternoon session – Preparing to Preach: The Task in the Pulpit
  • Concurrent Sessions on Women’s Ministry
  • Located at Multnomah Biblical Seminary, 8435 NE Glisan Street, Portland


Dr. Robert Smith

Dr. Robert Smith is an ordained pastor with 20 years of experience. He is currently the professor of Christian Preaching at Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama, and the author of “Doctrine that Dances: Bringing Doctrinal Preaching and Teaching to Life.”


Dr. Wanda Taylor-Smith

Dr Wanda Taylor-Smith’s professional career in nursing spanned thirty one years; she retired in 2003 after having served in many nursing roles including Interim Nursing Administrator. She has served in many volunteer roles providing support and care for cancer patients and their families as well as peer support and counseling for Women. She has a Doctor of Philosophy with a specialization in Women’s Studies and is passionate about addressing the concerns surrounding pastors’ wives and women’s ministries.


Lunch and Dr. Smith’s book are included in the registration cost.
  • Single registrant: $100
  • Couple: $150
  • Student: $40
To register or receive more information visit the conference registration page.

About The Center for Urban Pastoral Leadership

The Center for Urban Pastoral Leadership opened in April, 2012. It was created to serve the needs of urban pastors, helping them stay informed about critical issues facing the church, and become aware of how others are effectively dealing with these distinctive needs.  The center provides support, resources, and conferences which bring these pastors together and assists them in their ministries.

Multnomah ties to the Center for Urban Pastoral Leadership

Multnomah Biblical Seminary, Master of Divinity student William T. Turner, Jr. serves as Director of The Center for Urban Pastoral Leadership. Turner also serves as Pastor of Trinity Full Gospel Pentecostal Church in Portland since 2002.
Dr. Roger Trautmann, Director of Mentored Ministry, Student Ministries, and Associate Professor of Pastoral Ministry at Multnomah Biblical Seminary serves on the center’s Pastoral Advisory Council.


William Turner, Director of the Center for Urban Pastoral Leadership, states that "the Center was established to be a place where pastors can benefit from interaction with each other and find resources to help those involved in ministry. By hosting the Northwest Regional Preaching Conference, the Center makes resources such as this available to help pastors strengthen and develop skills needed for preaching."

About Multnomah

Multnomah University is a fully accredited, private, non-denominational, Christian institution of higher education, located in Portland, Oregon with teaching sites in Reno, Nevada and Seattle, Washington. Made up of an undergraduate Bible college, a biblical seminary, a graduate school, an adult degree completion program, and an online distance-learning program, Multnomah issues bachelor's, master's, and doctorate degrees, and professional certifications and endorsements.