Special Guest Preachers, Speakers and Events

Guest Speaker and Preacher
Dr. Jean-Pierre Isbouts

Parish Dinner and Film, “The Search for the Last Supper.” Friday, March 25 • 5:30 p.m. • Bagby Parish Hall  Click here to register.

(See additional Events below Dr. Isbouts’ bio. All events are free.)

After a two-year delay due to the pandemic, Professor Jean-Pierre Isbouts, who has captured the world’s attention and has renewed interest in Biblical archaelogy, history and art, is coming to St. Martin’s. Professor Isbouts is a National Geographic author and award-winning filmmaker, specializing in the art and archaeology of the Near East and the Mediterranean Basin. A doctoral professor at Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, California, he gained worldwide renown with his 2006 book “The Biblical World,” which became an international best-seller and is now in its fourth printing. 

His other highly acclaimed National Geographic books are best-sellers: “In the Footsteps of Jesus,” “The Story of Christianity” and “The Archaeology of the Bible.” In 2013, Professor Isbouts authenticated a canvas discovered in a Swiss vault as Leonardo Da Vinci’s first version of the Mona Lisa, predating the Louvre version by at least seven years. In 2016, he discovered that a copy of the Last Supper fresco in Milan, which has hung in a Belgian monastery for 450 years, was actually painted by Leonardo and his workshop for King Louis XII of France. These discoveries led to two television specials airing on PBS, which Isbouts hosted and directed.

Other recent publications include National Geographic’s “The 50 Most Influential Figures of the Bible” and “The Da Vinci Legacy” that reconstructs the amazing arc of how Da Vinci, who died as a virtual recluse in France, became the pop icon and top-selling artist he is today. Visit his website for more information at www.jpisbouts.org.

Additional Events

Guest Speaker and Preacher Dr. Jean-Pierre Isbouts

Presentation, Discussion and Book Signing: Saturday, March 26 • 3 to 5 p.m. • Chapel Reception Hall 

Books including “Women of the Bible” and “In the Footsteps of Jesus” will be available before and after this event for signing.

Sunday School for All Adults, Sunday, March 27, 10:15 to 11 a.m., Bagby Parish Hall

All classes will meet together for Dr. Isbout’s presentation, “Reconciling the Jesus of History with the Christ of Faith.”

Sermon, Traditional Worship Services, Sunday, March 27, 9 and 11:15 a.m. in The Church

Sermon: “In Search of the Kingdom of God”

Guest Preacher – Maundy Thursday and Good Friday
Jon Meacham

Thursday, April 14, 2022 • 7 p.m. • The Church

Friday, April 15, 2022 • Noon and 6 p.m. • The Church

Earlier last year, John Meacham, a well-known Episcopalian, became the National Cathedral’s first canon historian. As a nationally recognized Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian, he often preaches at the Cathedral. During Holy Week, he will bring his message of faith to St. Martin’s, preaching on Maundy Thursday and at both services on Good Friday. Meacham’s insight on history, theology and culture are apparent in his biographies of U.S. Presidents including George H. W. Bush and Andrew Jackson. He is a former executive vice president at Random House and a contributing writer to the New York Times Book Review; Meacham also holds the Carolyn T. and Robert M. Rogers Endowed Chair in American Presidency at Vanderbilt University. Come and help welcome him to St. Martin’s.