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Alumni Profile - Claude Alexander

May 18, 2009

Preaching is a passion for Dr. Claude Alexander, the busy Senior Pastor of the 10,000-member University Park Baptist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. When he learned he could earn a specialized D. Min. degree in Homiletics in his own community and under a preeminent preaching authority, he enrolled at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary-Charlotte.

"The pace of my work was such that the program was appealing," he says. "I was also intrigued by the seminary's commitment to the Scriptures and to the mission of producing effective leaders for the Church. And the opportunity to study under Dr. Haddon Robinson, believed to be the foremost authority on preaching expository sermons, was a dream come true."

Dr. Alexander says he benefited from the program's collegia! environment, in which students learned from one another, and from the personal and pastoral interest of Dr. Robinson and the seminary staff. "We were shepherded. They took a personal interest not just in my academic performance, but also in my physical well-being and the well-being of the ministry. I was able to see a glimpse of the Body of Christ at work for the improvement of the kingdom of God."

 


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