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For immediate release – November 9, 2023

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Will Willimon to preach on ‘Day 1’

Professor at Duke University Divinity School

The Rev. Dr. William H. Willimon, professor of the practice of Christian ministry at Duke University Divinity School in Durham, N.C., is the featured preacher Dec. 10 on “Day 1” with guest host the Rev. Dalton Rushing, the nationally broadcast ecumenical radio program also accessible as a podcast and online at

“Good News: God Is Coming to You” is drawn from Mark 1:1-8, verses in which John the Baptist announces the coming of Jesus. “Advent is announced not in some beautifully proportioned church, but in the remote, untamed, uncivilized wilderness where it’s hard to find your way, and some become lost,” he says. “Some words are too true, too unmanageable to be fully contained in a temple, synagogue, or church.”

A bishop in the United Methodist Church, Willimon served as the dean of Duke Chapel and professor of Christian ministry at Duke University for 20 years before serving as the bishop of the North Alabama Conference from 2004 to 2012. He then returned to Duke. He directs Duke's Doctor of Ministry Program. He earlier served churches in Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina. He is a graduate of Wofford College, Yale Divinity School, and Emory University.


Willimon is a popular preacher at conferences and churches across the country. He has taught in Germany, Singapore, New Zealand, and Australia in various seminaries. He is the author of dozens of books. His “Worship as Pastoral Care” was selected as one of the 10 most useful books for pastors by the Academy of Parish Clergy. A recent book is “Don’t Look Back: Methodist Hope for What Comes Next.”


The program includes interviews with Willimon conducted by Rushing, who is the guest host.  


“Day 1” has been broadcast every week for more than 78 years, formerly as “The Protestant Hour.” Featuring outstanding preachers from the mainline denominations, “Day 1” is currently distributed to radio stations across America and overseas, and the “Day1 Weekly Program” is on all podcast apps. The program is produced by the Alliance for Christian Media, based in Atlanta, Ga. "Day 1"® is registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office by the Alliance for Christian Media, Inc. For more information, check the program’s website,


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