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Edwin J. Omark Preaching Competition

Since 1968, Bethel Seminary has been recognizing outstanding communicators within the Bethel Seminary student body through the Omark Preaching Competition. The competition honors former seminary professor Edwin J. Omark, and awards 3 students who demonstrate excellence in preaching.

Faith and Work: Bringing Christ to Bear in All We Do

Congratulations to Richard Adam Schalter for receiving first place in the 49th Edwin J Omark Preaching Competition. Adam will preach his winning sermon, Resurrecting Work, at Colonial Church in Edina on August 28, 2016. The second place award goes to James Racine, and third place to Kassandra Heinrich.

View the finalists' bios.

Finalist Awards

1st Place: $1,000 - Edwin J Omark Preaching Award and an opportunity to preach at Colonial Church.

2nd Place: $800 - Robert A Featherstone Memorial Scholarship

3rd Place: $600 - Emily A VanAntwerp Memorial Preaching Scholarship

The 49th Annual Edwin J. Omark Preaching Competition is made possible in part by the following endowments: Edwin J. Omark Preaching Award Scholarship; Robert A. Featherstone Memorial Scholarship; Emily A. VanAntwerp Memorial Preaching Scholarship; and the Carl H. & Nancy Lundquist Endowment for Preaching.