Thu, Feb 18 2010
LeTourneau University will host Dr. Richard Allen Farmer, classically-trained concert pianist and renowned pastor, at 10:50 a.m. Monday, Feb. 22, in the S.E. Belcher Jr. Chapel and Performance Center, 2100 S. Mobberly Ave.
Farmer was born in New York City, where he began piano studies at age 11 and became a person of faith at age 12. As his faith and musicianship grew, they were blended. Farmer now uses his music as a vehicle for inspiring, motivating, challenging and entertaining diverse audiences around the world.
“Dr. Farmer speaks messages that are relevant,” says Harold Carl, Chaplain of LETU, “he entertains and enlightens students through his music.”
A graduate of Nyack College, where he earned the Bachelor of Music degree, and Princeton Theological Seminary, where he earned the Master of Divinity degree, Farmer has been awarded the honorary Doctor of Divinity degree by Gordon College in 1986 and the honorary Doctor of Sacred Theology degree by Houghton College in 1999.
An experienced pastor and college chaplain, Farmer has served as senior pastor of the Bethany Baptist Church in Pittsburgh and as dean of the chapel at both Gordon College and Taylor University.
Very much committed to being a global citizen, Dr. Farmer has spoken, lectured or performed in England, Korea, Malaysia, Taiwan, Japan, Thailand, Australia, Mali, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Peru, Chile, Cote d' lvoire, Kenya, Canada, the Philippines and most states of the United States. Mr. Farmer has spoken to thousands of people in conference, campus and religious settings. Last year, more than 100 different groups benefited from Farmer's wit, wisdom and musical gifts.
Farmer resides in Dallas with his wife, Rosemary, and son Timothy. He spends most of his time offering inspirational, informational, verbal and musical presentations that clearly demonstrate passion and excellence.