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Taken from the web site of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church:

Pastor Fred Luter, Jr. He is a man to whom God has given a vision. A man who truly loves God and loves to do God's work.

"I love preaching and teaching. It's a passion. God has given me a gift."

He is the humble Senior Pastor Fred Luter, Jr. under whose vision and leadership Franklin Avenue Baptist Church has grown from a membership of 65 members on roll to its current membership of 7000 plus worshippers. Despite the growth of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church, Pastor Luter has remained a humble man. He says he is able to be humble for many reasons.

"I know my background. I have not accomplished this on my own." Pastor Luter adds, "It was the grace and mercy of God, committed folk, and my wife Elizabeth."

When Pastor Luter attributes his success to God, he is not being modest. It has truly been grace that has brought him this far. Pastor Luter began his career as what he fondly refers to as a street preacher. Before he was called to the FABC pastorate in 1986, he spent his time preaching on different street corners in the "Lower Nine" area where he grew up.

Only having received his call to the ministry three years earlier, the members of FABC elected him pastor even though he had no pastoral experience. Obviously those members sensed Pastor Luter's leadership potential, and today he is just that, a well respected leader. He does not, however, want the members of FABC to put him on a pedestal. "I try to mention that it's not about me." That is why members of Franklin Avenue often hear: It's not about the Pastor. It's about the Master.

Pastor Luter is also a respected speaker/preacher across the country. The senior pastor made headlines as the first African-American to be elected to the Executive Board of the Louisiana Baptist Convention in 1992.  He made headlines again in June 2001 when he was the first African-American to preach the Southern Baptist Convention Message. In the Summer 2002 issue of Growing Churches Magazine, Pastor Luter recounts how it was both exciting and nerve-wracking to "preach to preachers, seminary professors and former presidents of the Convention" and to be in the company of Southern Baptist dignitaries Jerry Vines, Dr. Adrian Rogers, and Dr. Paige Patterson among others.

Despite FABC's growth and recognition (FABC is the largest Southern Baptist church in the city and state) Pastor Luter wants the congregation to remember Franklin Avenue is not in competition with other churches.  He wants members to "continue to stay focused on what God has called us to do as a church." That calling is embodied in the church mission statement: to spiritually impact our families, neighborhoods, city and state by exalting the Savior, equipping the saints and evangelizing the sinners. And, under Pastor Luter's continued tutelage and vision for the Church, Franklin Avenue Baptist Church will do just that for many years to come.


August 25, 2011

President's Chapel

Dr. Emir Caner

Truett-McConnell College

Cleveland, GA

September 1, 2011

Evangelist Frank Shelton

Frank Shelton Ministries

Waldorf, MD

September 6-8, 2011

Spiritual Emphasis Week

Dr. Fred Luter

Senior Pastor
Franklin Avenue Baptist Church

New Orleans, LA

September 15, 2011

Special Topics: The Spiritual Condition of Infants

Dr. Adam Harwood

Assistant Professor of Christian Studies
Truett-McConnell College

Cleveland, GA

September 22, 2011

Dr. Adam Dooley

Senior Pastor
Dauphin Way Baptist Church

Mobile, AL

September 29, 2011

Rev. Mike Stone

Senior Pastor
Emmanuel Baptist Church

Blackshear, GA

October 6, 2011

Dr. Roc Collins

Senior Pastor
Indian Springs Baptist Church

Kingsport, Tennessee

October 13, 2011

Mike Linch

Senior Pastor
Northstar Community Church

Visiting Chaplain, Atlanta Falcons

October 20, 2011

Mr. Chris Eppling

Vice President of Student Services
and Associate Professor of Christian Studies

Truett-McConnell College

Cleveland, GA

October 27, 2011


Dr. Paige Patterson

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Fort Worth, TX

November 3, 2011

Evangelist David Ring

Reach Out and Touch Ministries

Brentwood, TN

November 10, 2011

Dr. David Allen

Dean of the School of Theology

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Fort Worth, TX

November 17, 2011

Dr. Jerry Spencer

Jerry Spencer Ministries

Dothan, AL

November 24, 2011 Thanksgiving Break
December 1, 2011

Christmas Chapel

Dr. Ben Caston and the TMC Music Department



August 19, 2010

President's Chapel

Dr. Emir Caner
President, Truett-McConnell College
Cleveland, Georgia




August 26, 2010

Dr. Jeff Crook
Senior Pastor, Blackshear Place Baptist Church
Flowery Branch, Georgia



September 2, 2010

Dr. Fred Luter, Jr.
Senior Pastor, Franklin Avenue Baptist Church
New Orleans, LA



September 7-9

Spiritual Emphasis Week

Evangelist Junior Hill
Hartselle, AL

September 16

Dr. Brad Reynolds
Vice President of Academic Services
Truett-McConnell College
Cleveland, GA

September 23

Mr. Ridley Barron
Lead Pastor, Ridgeview Community Church
Franklin, TN



September 30

Day of World Missions

Babbie Mason
Dove Award-Winning Christian Artist
Atlanta, GA



October 14

Day of the Bible

Dr. Norman Geisler
Provost and Distinquished Professor of Apologetics
Veritas Evangelical Seminary
Murrieta, CA



October 21

Rev. Rhys Stenner
Senior Pastor, New Hope Baptist Church
Fayetteville, GA



October 28

Rev. Tommy Fountain
Fountain of Joy Ministries
Director of Missions, Mulberry Baptist Association
Winder, GA



November 4


Lex Luger
Former Pro Wrestler
 Atlanta, GA



November 11

Mr. Rick Stanley
Stepbrother and Personal Aid to Elvis Pressley
Riceville, FL



November 18

Dr. Ergun Caner
Professor of Theology and Church History
Liberty University
Lynchburg, VA



December 2

Christmas Chapel

TMC Music Department



January 6 - President’s Chapel

Dr. Emir Caner

President, Truett-McConnell College

Message Title: "The Essence of Life"

 Scripture: John 15

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January 13 - No Chapel

Due to inclement weather

January 20 - Dr. Craig Oliver

Senior Pastor, Elizabeth Baptist Church

Atlanta, GA

Message Title: "Surviving the Storms of Life"

Scripture: Mark 4:35-41

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January 27 Day of Prayer for Israel

Brig. Gen. Russel R. Weiskircher

Vice Chairman, Georgia Commission on the Holocaust

Cleveland, GA

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February 3 -  Dr. Stephen Rummage

Pastor, Bell Shoals Baptist Church

Tampa, FL

Message Title: "The Value of a Soul"

Scripture: Mark 8:32-37

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February 10 - Dr. Ike Reighard

Pastor, Piedmont Church

Marietta, Georgia

Message Title: "If There is a God, Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People."

Scripture: Matthew 7:24-27

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February 17 - Jim Holmes

Senior Pastor, Helen First Baptist Church

Helen, GA

Message Title: "Temptation"

Scripture: Matthew 4:1-11

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February 24 - Dr. J. Robert White

Executive Director, Georgia Baptist Convention

Message Title: "Christ Died for Me"

Scripture: Matthew 27:21-26

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March 3 - Caz McCaslin

Founder and President, Upward Unlimited and TMC Alumnus

Message Title: "What is your passion?"

Scripture: 1 Cor. 4:18; Galatians 2:20

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March 10 Spring Break

March 17 -  The Genesis Lectures

Dr. Kurt Wise

Professor of Biology & Chair of the Science & Math Division, Truett-McConnell College

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March 24 - Rev. Charles Lyons

Pastor, Armitage Baptist Church

Chicago, IL

Scripture: Acts 1-13

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March 31 - Honors Chapel

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April 7 - World Missions Day: Commissioning Service

Dr. Keith Eitel

Dean, Roy Fish School of Evangelism and Missions

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Fort Worth, TX

Message Title: "The Road Trip"

Scripture: Luke 9:51-62

April 14 -  Dr. Jerry Vines

Jerry Vines Ministries

Past President, Southern Baptist Convention, 1988-89

Message Title: "I Can't Find Any Satisfaction."

Scripture: Ecclesiastes 1 & 2

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April 21 - Easter Break


Every Thursday at 9:30 AM, the Truett-McConnell family meets in the TMC Athletic Center for prayer and worship. Chapel services feature some of the best speakers from the Southern Baptist Convention, including pastors, missionaries, students, and TMC faculty.

Worship through music is led by TMC music majors and students who are committed to lending their talents to the Lord.

As a Christian institution, worship is central to the college experience. A focus on God includes our academic curriculum and campus life.

Chapel messages are updated weekly and may be viewed online.

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