Azusa Street Lecture Series (April 5-12, 2006)


The Regent University School of Divinity is celebrating the Azusa Street Centennial (1906-2006) with a special edition of its annual Azusa Street Lecture Series, including speakers: Cecil M. Robeck, David Daniels, Vinson Synan, and Estrelda Alexander.

Cecil M. Robeck Jr., Ph.D. Professor of Church History and Ecumenics and Director of the David J. DuPlessis Center for Christian Spirituality, Fuller Theological Seminary. He has written and published more than 200 articles, varying in topic and publication from historical, theological, and ecumenical journals, to periodicals and denominational magazines. For nearly two decades, Dr. Robeck has served as an apologist for an interpreter of Pentecostalism in international ecumenical circles.

David Daniels, PhD. Professor of Church History at McCormick Theological Seminary. Dr. Daniels has been a long standing member of the American Academy of Religion, the Society for the Study of Black Religion, and the Society for Pentecostal Studies. He is the author of various articles and book reviews on the history of Christianity and has served as an advisor to Legacy of A Leader, a 1991 video documentary on Charles Harrison Mason.

Vinson Synan, Ph.D. Distinguished Professor of Church History and Dean Emeritus in the School of Divinity at Regent University. Dr. Synan is the author of various published articles and books with an emphasis on the Pentecostal Holiness denomination and the role of the Holy Spirit in church history.

Estrelda Alexander, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Theology at Regent University. She earned a Ph.D. from the Catholic University of America. Dr. Alexander has written many journal articles and has recently published a new book entitled The Women of Azusa Street, and is currently working on her second book entitled Black Fire: One Hundred Years of African-American Pentecostalism.

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Dr. Synan will be speaking on the topic of the "People of Azusa Street," highlighting our renewal heritage through the Azusa Street Revival in 1906. In order to bring understanding and relevance to current views of spirituality today, Dr. Synan will present on the historical context of Azusa Street, shedding light on the origins of the Pentecostal Holiness tradition and how it relates to spirituality today. Dr. Synan will be presenting at noon during the scheduled Regent community chapel.


Dr. Synan will serve as the host at this Roundtable disscussion and dinner. This event will take place in the Founders Inn Dining Room, located on the second floor at 6 p.m. Presentations will be given by Vinson Synan, Cecil M. Robeck, and Peter Prosser with brief responses by David Daniels and Estrelda Alexander. Following the presentations will be a question and answer session directed to the panel of speakers. This event is open to Regent Faculty and their spouses. The cost of the event is $30 per person to cover the facilities and dinner.


The Azusa Street Lectures will be held in place of the Regent community chapel in Robertson Hall, Moot Courtroom and will continue throughout the afternoon. Come at noon for a brief time of worship and stay for stimulating lecture sessions highlighting the events of Azusa Street. The lectures and responses are as follows:

12:00-12:30 p.m. Worship and greeting from Dr. Vinson Synan
12:30-2:00 p.m. Presentation: The History of the Azusa Street Revival;
presented by Dr. Cecil M. Robeck Jr.
2:00-2:15 p.m. Response by Dr. Stan Burgess
2:15-2:30 p.m. Response by Dr. Amos Yong
2:30-2:45 p.m. Break
2:45-3:45 p.m. Presentation: African-American Dimensions of the Revival;
presented by Dr. David Daniels
3:45-4:00 p.m. Response by Dr. Peter Prosser
4:15-4:30 p.m. Break
4:30-5:30 p.m. Presentation: Women of Azusa Street;
presented by Dr. Estrelda Alexander
5:30-5:45 p.m. Response by Dr. Mara Crabtree
5:45-6:00 p.m. Conclusion and Prayer from Dr. Vinson Synan


To close the week of events, all are welcome to attend a special worship service fashioned in the style and spirit of Azusa Street. Come and experience the kind of prayer, worship and preaching that characterized the revival of Azusa Street of 1906. Dr. Vinson Synan will be leading the service and it will be held in the Robertson Hall, Moot Courtroom from 7-8:45 p.m.



David Stine, D.Min. '07

David Stine, D.Min. '07

Lead Pastor, DC Metro Church

"I felt such a connection with everyone at Regent. My education was fantastic; I needed it. But the relationships developed there were key. They still impact me today." Read more >


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