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The Collected Works of
Renowned Black Preachers


Volume 16 Signature Edition
8 Sermons/8 Preachers Biographical Sketches
 Ben Carson: What is a Specialist?
 Barry C Black: Living Above the Crowd
 Charles E Bradford: Lord, Change Me
Richard Barron: Celebration
E E Cleveland: The Certainty of These Things
 Benjamin Reaves: Power and Providence
Charles D Brooks: Unbounded
Walter L Pearson Jr: Bad Boys

Ben Carson
A neurosurgeon by profession, Dr. Carson is also a widely influential author and speaker before both Christian and secular audiences.

Although he is Director of the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery at world-renowned Johns Hopkins Hospital and Professor of Neurosurgery, Plastic Surgery, Oncology and Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University—the author of more than 90 articles in scientific journals, presiding over countless, complex surgeries—it is his story of growing up in the inner city with a Christian mother who believed in education that inspires listeners young and old, sophisticated and not.

Through his Foundation and preaching, Dr. Carson seeks to share his faith and change the lives of young people. Your heart will be touched!
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Barry C Black
Perhaps the most visible Seventh-day Adventist minister in the world, Black who currently works on Capitol Hill, is a retired Rear Admiral who worked at the Pentagon in command of all 1,500 chaplains in the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. He officiated at John Kennedy, Jr.’s burial at sea in 1999 and led Pentagon memorial services for the victims of September 11, 2001.

Raised by a single mother in an inner city housing project, Black calls her “a saint” and says she had “a vibrant, robust spirituality, which she transmitted to me.” She sent him to Pine Forge Academy, on to Oakwood College, seminary at Andrews University, and two doctorates. Yet, in the pulpit and personally, Black has a magnetic capacity to relate to the poor and the powerful, the educated and the uneducated, those of all faiths and none.
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Charles E Bradford
The first African American to be president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America, “Brad” retired in 1990 after 40 years of service as a pastor, evangelist, department director, conference president and General Conference officer.

He still preaches often at special convocations and key events. The focus of his leadership, scholarship and passion has persistently been to empower the local church.

Bradford’s mother was among the converts from Edson White’s mission based on the boat, the Morning Star.

He brings to the pulpit his deep love for the church and expansive vision for its future, as well as the wisdom of one who has led during the civil rights movement, the urban crisis, major doctrinal and institutional challenges, new technologies and emerging, postmodern generations.
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Richard E Barron
Well known as a preacher at major youth congresses and other events for teens and young adults, Barron was the first African American to serve in the youth department of the General Conference. He was an associate director of youth ministries at the GC from 1975 into the mid-1990s and then served as president of Southwest Region Conference.

A compelling, riveting speaker who touches the hearts of all ages, Barron early served as a pastor in Northern California and then youth director in the Lake Union Conference. He was born in Newark, New Jersey, and has been honored by awards from the Kiwanis Clubs and the NAACP.

“God needs all of us—whether we are preachers, teachers, doctors, homemakers, sanitation workers, or technicians—to be proclaimers and messengers for Jesus Christ,” Barron believes wholeheartedly.
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E E Cleveland
One of the greatest evangelists of the 20th century, Cleveland combined soul-winning with concern for social justice, pioneered the concept of national campaigns before satellite technology influenced gospel work globally.

The first Adventist to baptize more than 1,000 people in a single campaign, Cleveland still takes every opportunity to enter the pulpit and inspire new generations.

“The power of Cleveland’s preaching and personality overwhelmed me,” explains C. D. Brooks about his decision in 1947 to become an evangelist instead of a dentist. He speaks for many others.

“Cleveland has earned the respect and appreciation of untold millions of people in more than 60 years of ministry. He is truly a man of God,” reflects Neal C. Wilson, retired GC president
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Benjamin Reaves
While he has served as a college president, seminary professor, General Conference officer and currently vice-president for Adventist Health System, Reaves is at core a pastor, one of the most widely-respected preachers in America. Since 1989, he has been a yearly guest on 30 Good Minutes, the PBS preaching show originating from WTTW, Channel 11 in Chicago.

His sermons are included in Preaching Today and Preaching, top Christian journals. Reaves’ messages have “a commanding spirit” says Lydia Talbot of WTTW, but he also reveals a softer side as the star of Grandfather Reads, one of the newest and most enchanting PBS programs, which seeks to make a difference in the lives of children; to instill in them a passion for reading, desire to achieve, and love for humanity.
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Charles D Brooks
The founder of the Breath of Life television ministry, Brooks is well known among Seventh-day Adventists as an evangelist. His sermons are legendary and his tapes widely distributed.

He held his first campaign in the early 1950s, while a pastor in Columbus, Ohio. After going on to be senior pastor of the Glenville Church in Cleveland, where he also held campaigns, Brooks became a full-time evangelist for the Columbia Union Conference.

In the summer of 1964 he led a major campaign in a large tent in Philadelphia during the “long, hot summer” of urban rioting, defied a plea from the mayor to shut down and still baptized nearly 300 people.

He was elected an associate secretary of the General Conference Ministerial Association and from that platform has fearlessly preached the Adventist message around the globe. There are a number of Breath of Life congregations, church plants resulting from evangelism campaigns conducted by Brooks.
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Walter L Pearson Jr
The lead evangelist for NET 2004, Pearson had already preached the gospel in 57 nations on six continents, including campaigns in London, Warsaw, Nairobi and Kingston, Jamaica.

The first Adventist to be honored as a member of the Martin Luther King Board of Preachers at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Pearson was also the first African American to serve as an associate director at the Ellen G. White Estate before he was appointed director of the Breath of Life television ministry. He was the senior pastor of the 1,500- member North Philadelphia Church for five years and of the 2,100-member Berean Church in Atlanta for eight years.

Pearson’s mission is “to preach the everlasting gospel ... from a contemporary, urban perspective.”
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