Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church will welcome New York Times best-selling author Barbara Brown Taylor as a guest preacher on July 27 at 11 a.m.

“Barbara’s unique ability with language makes her one of the most effective communicators in the country and she uses her gift to help us see the grace of God more clearly,” said Senior Pastor Dr. Dock Hollingsworth in a press release. “When I hear her preach, I am more inspired by the size of God and more inspired by what is possible in preaching. She lifts the art form and inspires.”

Taylor is the Butman Professor of Religion at Piedmont College in northeast Georgia and is an adjunct professor of spirituality at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur. She is the author of 12 books – including her latest, “Learning to Walk in the Dark.” Baylor University recognized Taylor as one of the 12 most effective preachers in the English-speaking world. TIME magazine recently named her as one of “The World’s 100 Most Influential People.”

Second-Ponce de Leon worship services are held at 11 a.m. on Sundays in the Sanctuary. The 159-year-old Peachtree Road church engages in community outreach through hands-on missions work, a fitness and recreation facility and a preschool. For morel information, visit