Howard Edington, pastor-elect of the Providence Church, Hilton Head Island, S.C., retired from 35 years of pulpit ministry in January 2003. He is nationally recognized as an outstanding communicator of the Gospel message, who not only tells the story, but also applies it in a winsome way to everyday living. During his service as Senior Minister of the dynamic First Presbyterian Church of Orlando, Fla., for 21 years, the membership quadrupled, making it one of the largest mainline churches in the United States.
Edington is the founding chairman of The Christ School, an elementary and middle school operating on the First Presbyterian Campus. The church also started a summer school/after school program for at-risk students from the nearby middle school. This has served as a model for similar programs around the world.
Edington can also be seen and heard each week in the pulpit in Orlando and through his television ministry, The Certain Sound, in Central Florida and in the Greater Atlanta area. He has published several books including his first, Downtown Church: The Heart of the City, and his latest, The Forgotten Man of Christmas.
In 1964, Edington received a Bachelor of Arts in History at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn. In 1967, he received a Master of Divinity in Louisville, Ky., and Post Graduate Study in New Testament at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1968. He did biblical research and archaeological work at the Jerusalem Center for Biblical Studies in Israel in 1989. At Christ Church College at Oxford University in England, he received a Diplomate in Church History in 2000.