Guest Speaker Coming to BCC for 175th Anniversary Celebration

Derek Penwell, a Louisville author, speaker, pastor, and activist, will fill the pulpit for Bridgeport Christian Church’s 175th anniversary service on November 7.

Derek is the senior pastor of Douglass Boulevard Christian Church in Louisville and a lecturer at the University of Louisville in Religious Studies and Humanities. The Association of Humanities Academics at UofL awarded Derek with its Outstanding Alumnus Award in 2011.

Derek has a Ph.D. in humanities from the University of Louisville and is the author of articles ranging from church history to aesthetic theory and the tragic emotions. His book Outlandish: An Unlikely Messiah, a Messy Ministry, and the Call to Mobilize focuses on understanding the political nature of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection as a model for forming communities of resistance capable of challenging oppression in the pursuit of peace and justice. He also is the author of The Mainliner’s Survival Guide to the Post-Denominational World. Both books are published by Chalice Press of St. Louis, the publishing arm of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He has served as a columnist for The (Louisville) Courier-Journal, The Huffington Post, and The Good Men Project.

Derek advocates on the local, state, and national levels on issues of racial justice, LGBTQ+ fairness, interfaith engagement, and immigrant and refugee rights. To learn more about Derek, go to

November 7 marks the anniversary of the dedication service for Bridgeport Christian Church in 1846. BCC is commemorating the anniversary with community service projects throughout the year. To find out more, go to