Glad Reunion: Celebrating the Ministry and Legacy of John R. Claypool

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Friday, September 16, 2022 - 1:00pm to Sunday, September 18, 2022 - 1:00pm
2800 Frankfort Ave
Louisville, KY 40204

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2800 Frankfort Ave

Louisville, KY 40206



SEPT. 16-18


William M. Johnson Lecture Series

Come to Louisville, KY to celebrate and explore the ministry of TheRev. Dr. John R. Claypool—pastor, preacher, theologian, teacher, and advocate for civil rights and women’s leadership in the church.Through a variety of formats, scholars, colleagues, former students and church members, proteges and those who have been impacted by Claypool’s life and ministry will remember, reflect, and lead in thoughtful conversation about a past that calls us to move faithfully into the future.

Time to see old friends and make new ones.

Hear authors discuss their chapters in new book, CLAYPOOL.

Join in conversation about Claypool’s relevance for today and tomorrow.


John Rowan Claypool IV (1930-2005) was one of the most prominent white, progressive Baptist preachers in the South during the latter half of the twentieth century. From the 1960s to the mid-1980s, he was pastor of influential Baptist churches in Louisville, Kentucky, Fort Worth, Texas, and Jackson, Mississippi, and a co-pastor in Lubbock, Texas. Claypool's pulpit prowess was known to most Baptists through published sermons mailed out weekly by the churches he pastored. In his fifties, the prominent Baptist became an Episcopal priest and served a parish in Birmingham, Alabama, from 1986 to 2000. Claypool was no less popular and no less loved among Episcopalians, and he found rich fulfillment in the ministry of the sacraments. Claypool concluded his career teaching at Mercer University's McAfee School of Theology. This book is the first to analyze the various aspects of Claypool's ministry, from his work in local church/parish settings to his ministry as pastor, priest, and professor.



Friday, Sept. 16

4:00pm Registration, Birchwood Lobby

6:30pm Worship, Kevin Cosby, Sanctuary

8:30pm Reception, Fellowship Hall

Saturday, Sept. 17

8:30am Registration, Birchwood Lobby

9am Continental Breakfast, Story Sharing, Carolyn Ratliff, Moderator, Fellowship Hall

10am Introduction to John R. Claypool and CLAYPOOL, the book, C. Douglas Weaver, editor, and Aaron Weaver, Sanctuary

11am Church Stories Panel Discussion: Ryon Price, Moderator; Panel: Alan Culpepper, John Arnett, Glenn Jonas, Doug Weaver, Charles Johnson, Mark LaGory and Henry Parsley, Sanctuary

12:30pm Lunch, Fellowship Hall

1:30pm Major Themes Panel Discussion, Chandler Vinson, Moderator; Panel: Steve Shoemaker, Rowan Claypool, Loyd Allen, Julie Whidden Long, David Hull, Mera Sue Corlett, Sanctuary

6pm Banquet

Sunday, Sept. 18

9:30am Claypool Today and Tomorrow, Facilitated Discussion, Fellowship Hall

10:45am Worship with Communion, Sanctuary

12:15pm Reception, Fellowship Hall


Registration Deadline: Friday, Sept. 9

ASL Request Deadline: Friday, Sept. 2

Cost for conference and three meals: $90, regular; $50, for members of sponsoring orgs

American Sign Language (ASL) will be provided with two week advance request.



Hawthorn Suites, 751 Cypress Station, LV, 502-899-5959. Ask for Crescent Hill Baptist Church rate. Search: “Crescent Hill, Louisville, KY”




Crescent Hill Baptist Church Louisville, KY

Broadway Baptist Church Ft. Worth, TX

McAfee School of Theology Atlanta, GA

Northminister Baptist Church Jackson, MS

Rowan Claypool, Louisville, KY

Claypool By C. Douglas Weaver (Editor), Aaron Douglas Weaver (Editor) Cover Image
By C. Douglas Weaver (Editor), Aaron Douglas Weaver (Editor)
ISBN: 9780881468625
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Published: Mercer University Press - September 6th, 2022

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Hear authors discuss their chapters in new book, Claypool. Join in conversation about Claypool’s relevance for today and tomorrow.