Christian Education

Gotto Lecture Series

Through the Anita and Antonio Gotto Lecture Series, Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church offers compelling talks and presentations by renowned theologians and preachers, writers and scholars, across a range of faith traditions and academic disciplines.

Inaugurated in October 2018, the Gotto Lecture Series is made possible through a generous contribution from Anita and Antonio Gotto, longtime members of the congregation. The first speaker in the series was the moral psychologist and best-selling author Dr. Jonathan Haidt.

The Gotto Lecture Series builds on the success of Fifth Avenue’s visiting authors program, created in 2010, which has featured such acclaimed writers as Thomas Long, Marilynne Robinson, Barbara Brown Taylor and Christian Wiman. 

Anita and Antonio Gotto are both natives of Nashville, Tennessee, where they attended Vanderbilt University. They lived in Houston for 25 years, where they raised their family. Tony Gotto was chair of internal medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine. Anita, a former teacher, served on a number of community boards. The Gottos moved to New York in 1997, when Tony became the dean of Weill Cornell Medical College. They joined Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in 1998, where Tony has served on the Board of Trustees and Anita on the Session.