Some background on our Breakfast Speaker, the Rev. Dr. Fred Craddock

The Interfaith Children's Movement of Metro Atlanta is fortunate indeed to have the Rev. Dr. Fred Craddock as the speaker at its "Walk the Talk with Children" Breakfast. Newsweek Magazine named him as one of the twelve best living preachers. The fact that fellow clergy consistently vote him one of the most outstanding preachers of our time says much about his stature.

For more than three decades Fred Craddock has enlightened, delighted, compelled and most of all engaged listeners with his stories. His art of storytelling is weaved throughout his lectures, and in his appearance with ICMma, we may expect him to help us all see our responsibility for the well-being of children in a new light.

"I attended a preaching seminar with him some years ago," says ICMma Board member, Rev. Suzanne Meyer. "He is not a physically imposing man like a TV preacher, nor does he have a booming voice. But Fred makes everybody's list of top preachers. I think it's because he is so authentic, so completely natural in an age of hype and flash and dazzle. When he speaks, you know he is speaking to you out of his own faith and experience. He does not preach in the style of those who shout and pound the pulpit. He's a story teller who puts you in the story. You forget you are listening to a lecture, and you find yourself opening up to that still small voice of conscience within."

Dr. Fred B. Craddock is minister of Cherry Log Christian Church in Cherry Log Georgia.

He is Bandy Distinguished Professor of Preaching and New Testament, Emeritus, in the Candler School of Theology, Emory University. Much sought after as a lecturer, he has delivered the Lyman Beecher Lectures at Yale, the Scott Lectures at Claremont School of Theology, the Adams Lectures at Southeastern Baptist Seminary, The Schaff Lectures at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, the Cole Lectures at Vanderbilt, the Westervelt Lectures at Austin Presbyterian Seminary, the Mullins Lectures at Southern Seminary and Earl Lectures at Pacific School of Religion. Dr. Craddock has traveled the World giving lectures in many Countries.

Dr. Craddock has spoken in the "Great Preachers" and the "Great Teachers" series of the Children's Defense Fund's Samuel D. Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy Ministry.

A native of Humbolt, Tennessee, Dr. Craddock received the Bachelor of Arts degree from Johnson Bible College, Knoxville, Tennessee in 1950, the Bachelor of Divinity from Phillips in 1953, and the Ph.D. in New Testament from Vanderbilt in 1964. He has done post-doctoral study at Tübingen, Germany, and at Yale.

Dr. Craddock has written a number of books, including The Pre-Existence of Christ (1968), As One Without Authority (1971, rev. 1974 and 1979), Overhearing the Gospel (1978), The Gospels (1981); Preaching (1985); commentaries on John (1982), Philippians (1984), Luke (1990), and most recently, First and Second Peter and Jude (1995).

In addition, he has prepared with Lee Keck the Pentecost 3. Series B volume of the Proclamation series; with Ernest Saunders the Epiphany volume; with Carl Holladay, John Hayes, and Gene Tucker, a three-volume series, Preaching Through the Christian Year, Year A (1992), Year B (1993), and Year C (1994) and he has provided the "Commentary on the Gospel of Luke" in Harper's One-Volume Commentary (1988).

His most recent publication is "Commentary on Hebrews," in the New Interpreter's Bible, vol.12, Nashville: Abingdon, 1998. Dr. Craddock has also contributed a number of articles to various journals.