To win the 2016 Sylvanus Carter Homiletics Award competition, Alexandra Mahaffey researched, wrote and prepared the manuscript for a sermon that she presented before an audience of students and professors.
Mahaffey based her sermon, “Imagine,” on Mark 14 and the story of a woman’s anointing of Jesus at Bethany.
Alexandra Mahaffey '16 is heading for graduate school with a scholarship and the prestigious award for preaching excellence presented through the School of Theology and Christian Ministry
at Olivet Nazarene University.
Mahaffey, who hails from Beecher City, Illinois, earned the top honor in Olivet’s 2016 Sylvanus Carter Homiletics Award program. She earned her bachelor’s degree in pastoral ministry and will attend Asbury Theological Seminary to pursue a Master of Divinity degree.
To win the award competition, Mahaffey researched, wrote and prepared the manuscript for a sermon that she presented before an audience of students and professors. She based her sermon, “Imagine,” on Scripture in Mark 14, recounting a woman’s anointing of Jesus at Bethany. A selection panel evaluated entrants’ sermons based on Scripture interpretation, focus, relevance for the audience and delivery.
Two of Mahaffey’s classmates also received scholarships for being named finalists in the award competition.
Michael McFerran '16 of Spring Arbor, Michigan, will intern with Ravi Zacharias Ministries and then attend Duke University. His earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology/philosophy-religion.
Sergio Parks '16 of St. Louis, Missouri, will pursue his master’s degree in urban ministry at Olivet. His bachelor’s degree is in pastoral ministry.
Dr. and Mrs. Stephen Carter established the Sylvanus Carter Homiletics Award in honor of Stephen’s father, Rev. Sylvanus Carter, a pastor in the Church of the Nazarene for 56 years. Rev. Carter’s life and ministry are widely acknowledged for modeling a strong commitment to preaching and pastoral care.