Meridian Herald Leadership
Fred B. Craddock
Fred Craddock, our Founding Preacher Laureate and Emeritus, after twelve years of faithful service, retired in 2009 as our preacher and storyteller. We wish him Godspeed in his future endeavors.
Fred Craddock is director of the Craddock Center in Cherry Log, Georgia. Dedicated to enriching life through service, the Craddock Center is offering a growing ministry to the folk of Appalachia. For more information on the Craddock Center, please visit their web site www.craddockcenter.org.
Dr. Fred Craddock is minister emeritus of Cherry Log Christian Church in Cherry Log Georgia. He is Bandy Distinguished Professor of Preaching and New Testament, Emeritus, in the Candler School of Theology, Emory University. Much sought after as a lecturer, he has delivered the Lyman Beecher Lectures at Yale, the Scott Lectures at Clarmeont School of Theology, the Adams Lectures at Southeastern Baptist Seminary, The Schaff Lectures at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, the Cole Lectures at Vanderbilt, the Westervelt Lectures at Austin Presbyterian Seminary, the Mullins Lectures at Southern Seminary and Earl Lectures at Pacific School of Religion. Dr. Craddock has traveled the World giving lectures in many Countries.
Reported in Newsweek as one of America's top preachers, Mr. Craddock, reared in rural Tennessee, speaks the folk idiom with prophetic authenticity.
Dr. Craddock has written a number of books, including The Pre-Existence of Christ (1968), As One Without Authority (1971, rev.1974 and 1979), Overhearing the Gospel (1978), The Gospels (1981), commentaries on John (1982) and Philippians (1984), Preaching (1985), and a commentary on Luke (1990). Dr. Craddock has also contributed articles to various journals.
A native of Humbolt, Tennessee, Dr. Craddock is married to the former Nettie Dungan. They have a daughter and a son.
Steven Foard Darsey
Steven Foard Darsey holds the Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from the Yale Institute of Sacred Music and has studied musicology with Peter LeHuray at Cambridge and conducting with Helmuth Rilling at Stuttgart. He has conducted numerous performances and has prepared choruses for Sir David Willcocks and the late Robert Shaw. He lectures and publishes on the history and practice of church music and his work on Georgia's famous tunebook, The Sacred Harp, has led him to establish a series of worship services with Fred Craddock based on Southern Folk Hymns.
Mr. Darsey also performs as a balladeer, specializing in Celtic and American folk music. A composer, he has written and arranged some 125 works with publications through Lyra Sacra, Lawson-Gould and World Library music publishers. The summer of 2009, he completed his oratorio setting of Sidney Lanier's, "The Marshes of Glynn." For his work on Georgia's Ossabaw Island on this composition, he was named the Sandy West Ossabaw Fellow for 2010. In 2012, he completed a commissioned setting of John Wesley's Covenant Prayer. Mr. Darsey founded and runs Orpheus Dei and is President of Meridian Herald. Since 1986, Mr. Darsey has been Music Director of the Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church on the Emory University Campus, Atlanta, Georgia.
His just-completed book on music and worship, Sing to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, is forthcoming with Wipf & Stock publishers.