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In Memoriam


Dear AoH Colleagues,

I am saddened to inform you that our colleague Rev. Dr. Bobby McClain died Wednesday morning.  Many of you will remember Bobby from his years of work at Wesley Theological Seminary as a Professor of Preaching and Worship.  Bobby was a person of great substance and depth whose reach went far beyond the field of homiletics--his was a life of preaching and praxis.  I leave with you this excerpt from a letter sent Wednesday morning from the President of Wesley Seminary to describe the impact that Bobby's passing has had on his community in Washington, DC:

"I am sorry to share our friend and colleague, Bobby McClain died this morning at 5:20 at home.  One of the last of the young leaders of the Civil Rights Movement has passed.  And a great hole opens up in the Wesley Seminary community.  What will be the legacy of Dr. William B. McClain?  About 2 million biblically grounded, theologically sound, prophetically and pastorally infused sermons have been shaped by the teaching of Dr. McClain.  It is foremost his students who are his legacy.  And they who rise up and call him blessed.  Bobby and his wife, Jo Ann, have asked that any gifts made in memory of him be directed to the Scholarship Fund at Wesley to further his lifelong commitment to students preparing for the ministry.

Jo Ann has asked for no calls at this time.  We will share details on arrangements as they are available."

May his memory be a blessing to his loved ones, his family, and among us in the Academy of Homiletics as well.

David Schnasa Jacobsen