In a special academic convocation on Thursday, April 3, at 9:30 A.M., Trevecca Nazarene University conferred the honorary doctor of theology degree on R. T. Kendall, the former pastor of Westminster Chapel in London, England, and a 1970 graduate of Trevecca. Kendall was the featured speaker in that service, held in the convocation center of the Boone Business Building on the Trevecca campus.
Kendall, now a resident of Hendersonville, Tenn., has had an influential ministry. A sought-after speaker and a frequent guest on the Trinity Broadcasting Network, Kendall is also a prolific author with more than 45 books to his credit. He became friends with Yassir Arafat and used that friendship to explain Christianity to Arafat and to seek reconciliation in the Middle East.
Also during that academic convocation, Trevecca’s 2008 Teaching Excellence award was presented to Joolie Philip, associate professor of English. The University bestows this award to one faculty member each year and honors them with a plaque and a gift from the University.
Following the convocation Dr. Kendall and his long-time friend and former teacher, Dr. William M. Greathouse had a “Conversation between Friends,” discussing their differing views about theological issues. The two also took time to autograph copies of their books.
View an online photo gallery of this event here.