On January 6, 2011, 128 young preachers from across the country gathered in Louisville, Kentucky, for the second annual National Festival of Young Preachers. Ranging in age from 14 to 29, they came from 26 states, 25 denominations, and 65 different high schools, colleges, universities, and seminaries. Add 40 advertisers and exhibitors, 66 mentors, 32 sermon evaluators and conveners, dozens of volunteers, and hundreds of spouses, family members and friends, and you have the most unique, ecumenical, and inspirational event in American Christianity today. For three days these young people captivated, encouraged, challenged, enlightened and blessed those who had ears to hear. The Word, through their own words, continues to go forth in Waking to the Holy, a book unlike any other you will ever take and read.
Lee Huckleberry is the Executive Director of the Academy of Preachers in Louisville, Kentucky. An ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), he has pastored congregations in Kentucky and Indiana and served as a consultant in the areas of preaching, mission, and leadership. He lives in Louisville with his wife, Angie, and their three sons, Max, Jack and Patrick.