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Fall Convocation Begins Sept. 16



Lee University students, faculty, and staff will soon come together for a time of spiritual renewal and reflection during fall Convocation. This semester’s services will begin on the evening of Sunday, Sept. 16, with a message from Dr. Mark Walker, vice president for ministerial development at Lee.

“Convocation is an opportunity for our university family to join together early in the semester to focus on spiritual transformation as a community,” said Dr. Mike Hayes, vice president for student development. “We have a diverse line-up of speakers who can connect with our students and help them grow.”

In addition to serving as a vice president, Walker is the chair of Lee’s Department of Christian Ministries. Prior to joining Lee’s administration, he served as the senior pastor of Mount Paran North in Marietta, Georgia, and was a member of the Lee University Board of Directors.

Carlton Byrd to Speak
Dr. Carlton Byrd


On Monday evening, Lee will welcome Dr. Carlton Byrd, senior pastor of Oakwood University Church and director of the Breath of Life Television Broadcast. A frequent chapel speaker, Byrd has constructed and renovated churches and schools, founded the Berean Outreach Ministry Center in Atlanta, and baptized over 3,500 people during his 23 years of ministry throughout the South.

Mo Isom to Speak
Mo Isom


Mo Isom, a New York Times bestselling author, will share Tuesday morning’s message. Isom is a speaker, faith-based blogger, former All-American soccer goalkeeper, and the first woman to have trained with and try out for an SEC men’s football team. According to Isom, she uses her athletic endeavors and her experience overcoming personal tragedy to encourage and challenge audiences.

Josh Rice to Speak
Dr. Josh Rice


On Tuesday evening, Dr. Josh Rice will return to the Conn Center stage to share the message. Rice currently serves as the generations pastor at Eastside Baptist in Marietta, Georgia. He has served in full-time pastoral ministry for over 15 years, teaches as an adjunct professor of New Testament for Lee Online, and works as a generosity strategist for Generis, a comprehensive consulting group specializing in congregational finance and fundraising.

Lee president Dr. Paul Conn will close the evening service series with a message on Wednesday night.

Thursday morning, the Conn Center will host “Build My Life,” a service featuring student-led worship focusing on spiritual transformation as a way to close out the Convocation experience.

Weeknight convocation services begin at 7:30 in the Conn Center with overflow in the Dixon Center. Services will include live worship led by LeeU Worship.

Morning services begin at 10:40 on Tuesday and Thursday and will also be held in the Conn Center with overflow in the Dixon Center.

The university encourages all students and welcomes guests to attend and participate in Convocation. For those unable to attend, livestream viewing.

For more information, contact Campus Ministries at (423) 614-8420.
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