Pedrito Maynard-Reid, professor of biblical studies and missiology, will deliver this year’s Walla Walla University Distinguished Faculty Lecture on Sunday, Nov. 12, at 7 p.m. in the Melvin K. West Fine Arts Center Auditorium. The lecture, “JUSTICE: A Radical, Prophetic Call to the Academy and the Pew,” will explore the historic role prophets have played in bringing hope to the hopeless and the need for modern prophets to promote social justice.
Maynard-Reid was raised in a Christian home in Jamaica, where he committed himself to a life of ministry at a young age. “All my life, I knew I was going to be an Adventist minister,” he said. As a student, Maynard-Reid studied themes of poverty, oppression, and justice in the Bible. As a professional, he’s worked to spread these themes across the globe. Maynard-Reid has ministered on every continent except for Antarctica, where he plans to visit this December.
“I want to recapture the way of Jesus,” he said. “I want to capture the way of the prophets.” According to Maynard-Reid, people can begin by challenging those who foster injustice.
Maynard-Reid has taught at WWU since 1990. He is also assistant to the president for diversity.
The Distinguished Faculty Lecture is free and open to the public. The Melvin K. West Fine Arts Center Auditorium is located at 200 S. College Ave., College Place.
People who are unable to attend can watch the lecture online. It will be streamed live at wallawalla.edu/DFL at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 12.
Posted Nov. 7, 2017