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Pastor Matthew Southall Brown, Sr

 Rev. Matthew Southall Brown Sr., mingling with the waves of guests who recently celebrated his new book Many authors remain seated fixtures at book signings, but not the Rev. Matthew Southall Brown Sr., who kept busy mingling with the waves of guests who recently celebrated his new book.

But that's not surprising.

The 90-year-old pastor emeritus of Savannah's St. John Baptist Church, nicknamed "The Mighty Fortress," has been active in his hometown for decades. After retiring from St. John in 2005 after 35 years, he continued his daily radio devotionals on WSOK 1230 AM's "Joy in the Morning" program.

"The Best of Pastor Matthew Southall Brown, Sr.'s 6:30 a.m. Meditative Thoughts," is based on his weekday devotionals that have become a broadcast staple over more than 20 years. It was published in July by AuthorHouse, a self-publishing company.

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Cain Hope Felder, Ph.D.

Dr. Cain Hope FelderCain Hope Felder is professor of New Testament Language and Literature and editor of The Journal of Religious Thought at the Howard University School of Divinity. Prior to coming to Howard, he taught at Princeton Theological Seminary. He also serves as chair of the Ph.D. program and immediate past chair of the Doctor of Ministry program.

Dr. Felder is an ordained Methodist minister within the United Methodist Church. From 1969-1972, Dr. Felder worked as the first national director of the United Methodist Black Caucus, in 1990, he founded the Biblical Institute of Social Change (BISC), headquartered in Washington, DC.

A prolific writer, his publications include True to Our Native Land, the first African American commentary on the New Testament; Troubling Biblical Waters: Race, Class, and Family and The Original African Heritage Study Bible. He is a sought-after lecturer, consultant and media interviewee, appearing in The Washington Post, The New York Times and Ebony, and on BET, PBS and NBC.

Dr. Felder holds a Ph.D. and a Master of Philosophy degree in biblical languages and literature from Columbia University in New York; a Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in New York; a Diploma of Theology from Oxford University, Mansfield College in England; a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy, Greek & Latin from Howard University in Washington, DC; and a diploma from the Boston Latin School.

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