Schmiechen Lecture, Religion and National Security in American History



Date(s) - 10/02/2019
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Join Eden Seminary for the Schmiechen Lecture on October 2 in the Wehrli Chapel. This year, Dr. Lerone Martin joins us to speak on “Religion and National Security in American History.” Everyone is welcome to attend this free event.

About Dr. Lerone Martin

Dr. Lerone Martin is an Associate Professor of Religion and Politics at Washington University in Saint Louis. He is currently on research leave for the 2019-2020 academic year. Martin is the author of award-winning “Preaching on Wax: The Phonograph and the Making of Modern African American Religion.”  This tracks the role of the phonograph in the shaping of African American religion, culture, and politics during the first half of the twentieth century. His research has landed him a number of nationally recognized fellowships, including the National Endowment for the Humanities, The American Council of Learned Societies, The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, and the Louisville Institute for the Study of American Religion.

Martin earned his B.A. from Anderson University and his Master of Divinity Degree from Princeton Theological Seminary before completing his Ph.D. at Emory University in 2011. He joined the Center’s faculty in 2014 as Assistant Professor after a postdoctoral fellowship with the Center. From 2010-2013, Martin was the Assistant Professor of American Religious History and Culture at Eden Theological Seminary.

Event Schedule

Informal Worship     10:00am-10:30am
Morning Lecture       10:30am-Noon
Lunch Break               Noon-1:30pm
Afternoon Lecture     1:30pm-3pm


Eden Theological Seminary
Wehrli Chapel
475 E. Lockwood Ave.
Webster Groves MO 63119

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About the Samuel John Schmiechen Lectureship

The Schmiechen Lecture was created in 1987 by the family of Samuel John Schmiechen to recall his life in ministry. He is remembered for his service as: President of the Missouri Valley Synod; member, secretary and president of the Board for National Missions of the Evangelical and Reformed Church; member of the Board of Trustees of Elmhurst College; Chair of the Building committee for United Theological Seminary in New Brighton, Minnesota. His commitment to the pastoral ministry is identified through: his writings; his preaching which was always Biblically focused and directed appropriately to contemporary issues; his diligence in pastoral calling and personal devotional life; and, the power of his corporate prayers.

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