Rev. Michael A. Walrond to Speak at HPU’s Annual MLK Day Worship Service

Rev. Michael A. Walrond, senior pastor of First Corinthian Baptist Church in Harlem, New York, will be the keynote speaker at High Point University’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Worship Service.

HIGH POINT, N.C., Jan. 14, 2020 – High Point University will host special guest Rev. Michael A Walrond as the keynote speaker for the university’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Worship Service. The service will be held in HPU’s Charles E. Hayworth Sr. Memorial Chapel on Monday, Jan. 20 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Rev. Walrond is a graduate of Morehouse College, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy. He continued his studies at Duke University School of Divinity as a Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholar and earned a Master of Divinity degree with a focus in theology. He served as Duke’s university minister and director of the African American Campus Ministry for eight years.

Following his time at Duke, Rev. Walrond served as the senior pastor of Zion Temple United Church of Christ in Durham, North Carolina, for eight years. Today, he is the senior pastor of First Corinthian Baptist Church in Harlem, New York.

“Our annual worship gathering brings clergy and scholars from across the country,” said Preston Davis minister to the university at HPU. “As a university, we strive to mirror Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through our commitment to serving others, and we appreciate the opportunity to bring the community together through this event held in his honor.”

High Point University’s Genesis Gospel Choir will provide music during the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Worship Service at 11 a.m. on Jan. 21 in the Charles E. Hayworth Memorial Chapel.

HPU’s annual worship service celebrates the life and work of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and will feature musical performances by the Genesis Gospel Choir, directed by Marc Foster and accompanied by the HPU Chapel Choir, including the vocal talents of Rev. Andria Williamson and the musical ability of Marcia Dills on the piano. For individuals unable to attend, the event will be streamed live at

In addition to HPU’s Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Worship Service, HPU will host a day of service as “A Day On, Not Off” on Jan. 20 by organizing 28 service projects throughout the city. Community members can sign up to volunteer by visiting through Wednesday, Jan. 15.

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