Rev. Darryl Aaron Will Be First Speaker in the Gray Lecture Series at WSSU

Rev. Aaron

Rev. Darryl Aaron

October 12, 2011
The 2011-2012 James A. Gray Lecture Series at Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) will open with the Rev. Darryl W. Aaron, senior pastor of the historic First Baptist Church on Highland Avenue in Winston-Salem, as its first speaker at 4 p.m. on Sunday, October 23.
This year’s four-part series will feature outstanding ministers and well-known religion professors to the WSSU campus to address various aspects of ethics in today’s world.  All four programs are free and open to the public.
Aaron, who has led the oldest African American Church in the city since 2008, will speak on “A Living Tradition.”  A native of Charlotte, he served as associate and youth minister at First Baptist Church-West in Charlotte for eight years and was also a highly respected drama teacher at South Mecklenburg High School.  Aaron also spent three years serving as associate minister of Second Baptist Church and two years as youth director for American Baptist churches of the South, both in Richmond, Va.
A graduate of North Carolina Central University with a B.A. degree in dramatic literature, Aaron received his teaching certification from the University of North Carolina Charlotte.  After he answered the call to ministry, Aaron continued his studies at the Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University where he graduated cum laude with a Master of divinity degree.  Aaron was licensed into the ministry in 1996 and ordained in 2001 at First Baptist Church-West.
In addition to his volunteer work with Brenner Hospital, the YMCA, Crisis Control Ministry, CHANGE, NAACP and Habitat for Humanity, Aaron has served as an instructor for the General Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, facilitator for Lott Carey Missionary Society and lecturer at Yale Divinity School.
“The James A. Gray lecture Series continues to bring men and women of distinction in their professions to Winston-Salem State University and to this community,” said Dr. Cedric S. Rodney, program coordinator and James A. Gray Distinguished Professor of religion and ethics at WSSU.  “We seek speakers who can discuss the challenges of being ethically correct in an every changing society, whether you are on a college campus, a church congregation or in everyday life.”
The remaining lectures in the James A. Gray Series include:
The Rev. Dr. John F. Hoffmeyer, associate professor of systematic theology at the Lutheran Theological Seminary, will speak at 9:45 a.m. on November 10.  He is known for his theological work involving the affect of the Trinity in daily living.
The Rev. Dr. Raphael G. Warnock, senior pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta which was the spiritual home of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., will leading off the second half of the series on February 9 at 9:45 a.m.  Warnock has taken his message on the contradictions in our criminal justice system to colleges and universities across the nation.
The Rev. Dr. Gail R. O’Day, dean and professor of New Testament and preaching at Wake Forest University School of Divinity, will be final speaker on April 12 at 9:45 a.m.  An ordained minister, O’Day taught religion at several institutions prior to joining Wake Forest in 2010.
Sponsored by the James A. Gray Endowment and Winston-Salem State, all lectures are free and open to the public.  They will be held at Dillard Auditorium in the Anderson Conference Center on the WSSU campus.  For more information about the program, contact Dr. Rodney at 336-750-2479 or
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