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  John Claypool
The Rev. Dr. John R. Claypool
Rector, St. Luke's Episcopal Church
Birmingham, Alabama

One of the country's most compelling preachers, Dr. Claypool offered outstanding ministry in several leading Southern Baptist congregations prior to his Episcopal ordination. The author of eight books including Tracks of a Fellow Struggler, his moving personal journal following the death of his young daughter, Claypool was a featured speaker on "The Protestant Hour," deliverer of the Beecher Lectures on Preaching at Yale Divinity School, and conference leader at the College of Preachers.

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