January 14, 2003
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass. - The annual Interfaith Service commemorating the life and works of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King will be held in Johnson Chapel at Amherst College at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 2. The featured speaker will be The Very Reverend Nathan Baxter, Dean of Washington National Cathedral.

Baxter, a graduate of Lancaster Theological Seminary, has also studied at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, Calif., the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the Warren Deem Management Institute at Columbia University Executive Center. He holds three honorary doctorates and is an honorary alumnus of Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Mass.

Baxter is a fellow of the College of Preachers, a Charles E. Merrill Fellow at Harvard University Divinity School, a lecturer in the Medina Seminar for State and Federal Judges at Princeton University, and preacher in the Chautauqua Institute series and the Plymouth Pulpit Series.

A noted preacher on faith and national issues, Baxter has been a guest on national programs such as Protestant Hour, Tony Brown's Journal, Both Sides with Jesse Jackson, The O'Reilly Factor, Good Morning America and the Brian Lamb Show on C-SPAN. President Clinton chose Baxter to write and deliver the prayer for the nation at the White House millennium celebration, televised internationally. He also officiated at the Inaugural Prayer Service for President George W. Bush. His publications include Holding on to Faith in Polarized Times and Visions for the Millennium.