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This lectureship was established in 1985 by the family of the late Rev. A. Eldon Palmquist, Covenant pastor and conference superintendent, in recognition of his lively, grace-filled preaching, interest in education, and loyalty and devotion to the cause of Christ. The first lectureship was presented in 1987.

2019 Palmquist Lecture

Reverends Dr. Gloria White-Hammond and Dr. Ray Hammond

Wednesday, February 27
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Isaacson Chapel, Nyvall Hall

The video for this year’s lecture can be found online

North Park Theological Seminary welcomes Rev. Dr. Gloria White-Hammond and Rev. Dr. Ray Hammon for the 2019 Palmquist Lectures.

This event is free and open to the public.


6:30 pm Lecture One: Ministry to the Marginal, Outreach to the Overlooked
7:30 pm Coffee Break (Olsson Lounge)
8:00 pm Lecture Two: A Legacy of Innovation and Impact: Lessons Learned Along The Way

About the Speakers

Rev. Dr. Gloria White-Hammond

Rev. Gloria E. White-Hammond, M.D. is Co-Pastor of Bethel AME Church, Boston, MA, and the Swartz Resident Practitioner in Ministry Studies at Harvard Divinity School (HDS). She serves alongside her husband and Bethel’s Pastor, Rev. Ray A. Hammond, MD, to shepherd the 500-member congregation to “reach up to God, reach into the congregation and reach out to the world”. As director of the Women’s Ministry, “Pastor Gloria” is passionate about equipping women to become leaders in their church, their communities and beyond. In 2012, she launched the Significant Women Discipleship Ministry that coaches 130 women leaders in small groups. Dr. White-Hammond is a graduate of Boston University (AB, 1972), Tufts University School of Medicine (MD, 1976) and Harvard Divinity School (MDiv, 1997).  Click to read her full bio. 

Rev. Dr. Ray Hammond

Pastor Ray Hammond was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, the eldest son of a Baptist preacher and a schoolteacher. He was educated in the public schools of Philadelphia and went on to graduate from Harvard College and Harvard Medical School. He completed his surgical residency at the New England Deaconess Hospital (Boston, MA) and joined the Emergency Medicine staff at the Cape Cod Hospital (Hyannis, MA). Pastor Hammond accepted the call to the preaching ministry in 1976 and completed his Master of Arts degree in the Study of Religion (Christian and Medical Ethics) at Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in 1982. In 1988 he was called to be the founder and pastor of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Boston.
Click to read his full bio.

Previous Lectures

  • 2012: Dr. Gennifer B. Brooks, director of the Styberg Preaching Institute at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
  • 2014: Dr. Nancy Lammers Gross, Arthur Sarell Rudd Associate Professor of Speech Communication in Ministry at Princeton Theological Seminary. Watch part one and part two of the 2014 Palmquist Lectures online at