Campbell University Divinity School Lecture Series
It’s important to Campbell Divinity School that ministers have resources and opportunities available to them throughout the year that enrich them academically, spiritually, and in their ministries. The annual lecture series brings scholars from around the country and world to deliver lectures on a wide variety of topics that are related to evangelism, biblical studies, and preaching.
Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the lecture series occurring in the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 terms will be delivered virtually. Participants will need to register for each individual lecture series to receive access to the virtual event details. Registration links are included below each lecture series.
The L. B. and Mabel Reavis Professorship and Scholarship Program
September 28, 2021
Dr. Elizabeth Flowers, Associate Professor of American Religion, Baylor University in Waco, TX
Elizabeth Flowers joined the Religion department at Baylor in the summer of 2019 after thirteen years as a professor at Texas Christian University. Her education includes a B.A. from Millsaps College, M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary, and Ph.D. from Duke University. Her research focuses on issues of gender in American religion, particularly evangelicalism. Her first book, Into the Pulpit: Southern Baptist Women and Power Since World War II, considers the role of women in the Southern Baptist battles and culture wars of the late twentieth century. She is coeditor of A Marginal Majority: Women, Gender, and a Reimaging of Southern Baptists, which includes her work on Rosalynn Carter and the struggle of progressive evangelicals for the ERA. Her current project is a history of inerrancy as it invokes a theology of complementarianism. Flowers has been active in the leadership of the American Society of Church History and serves as president of the Southwest Region of the American Academy of Religion. She also enjoys teaching Sunday School at her local church with her husband, Darren J.N. Middleton. They have one teenage son.
L. B. and Mabel Reavis felt a deep desire to establish a program at Campbell University designed to promote the ministries of Evangelism and Church Growth. This led them to establish the L. B. and Mabel Reavis Professorship and Scholarship Program in 1991. Funding from this program is used to invite distinguished scholars to teach in the fields of Evangelism and Church Growth. For 21 years, this program has featured many Christian leaders on a variety of topics and has fulfilled the vision of the Reavis family.
More information on how to register to participate in the Reavis Lecture Series is coming soon.
E.J. and Amaretta Prevatte Biblical Studies Lecture Series
November 2, 2021
Dr. Craig Koester, Asher O. and Carrie Nasby Professor of New Testament Studies, Luther Seminary in Saint Paul, Minnesota
Craig Koester received a B.A. from Saint Olaf College, an M.Div. from Luther Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. from Union Theological Seminary in New York. He served as a parish pastor for several years in Princeton, Minnesota, and joined the faculty of Luther Seminary in 1986. He was appointed to the Asher O. and Carrie Nasby chair of New Testament Studies in 2012 and served as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Academic Dean from 2013-2018.
An innovative teacher, Dr. Koester is known for his “Genesis to Revelation” course, which uses visuals, music, and drama to take people through the sweep of the biblical story in ten days. His other courses include John’s Gospel, Paul’s Letters, and the book of Revelation. In order to reach a wider public audience, he also developed courses in digital format. One is entitled Apocalypse: Controversies and Meaning in Western History. The other is Reading Biblical Literature: Genesis to Revelation. Both were released through the GreatCourses.
As a scholar, Dr. Koester has contributed to discussions of Scripture in the academy and the church. His books include landmark commentaries on Hebrews (2001) and Revelation (2014) for the Anchor Yale Commentary series. Both have been translated into Korean. In Johannine studies, he is known for his Symbolism in the Fourth Gospel (2nd edition, 2003), The Word of Life: A Theology of John’s Gospel (2008), and numerous articles. He is currently preparing a major commentary on John’s Gospel for Eerdmans Publishing. His book Revelation and the End of All Things (2nd edition 2018) is a popular resource among seminary and college students, and is widely used in congregations.
Dr. Koester has led and organized seminars for the Society of Biblical Literature and Society for New Testament Studies. He has served as associate editor of the journals New Testament Studies, The Catholic Biblical Quarterly, and the Journal for the Study of the New Testament, and regularly presents his work at international gatherings of scholars. He was a scholar in residence at the Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton, New Jersey in 1992-1993 and 2007.
In the church, Dr. Koester speaks at theological conferences, synod gatherings, pastors’ workshops, and congregations. He is one of the designers of the Narrative Lectionary, which enables congregations to move through major sections of both Old and New Testaments from September through May each year. At the international level, he was involved in the Lutheran World Federation’s project on the “The Bible in the Life of the Lutheran Communion” from 2011-2016.
E. J. and Amaretta Prevatte, long-time friends and benefactors of Campbell University, had a vision. In Mr. Prevatte’s own words, “It was my personal feeling that there was a need for an in-depth study of the Bible that the ordinary degree work did not provide. There should be a place somewhere for renowned Biblical scholars to share their wisdom with our Baptist people, particularly in eastern North Carolina.”
With this in mind, the Prevattes established the E. J. and Amaretta Prevatte Biblical Studies Lecture Series in which was announced in May 1985.
More information on how to register to participate in the Prevatte Lecture Series is coming soon.
The James C. Cammack Institute of Preaching Lectures
Dr. Anna Carter Florence, Peter Marshall Professor of Preaching, Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA
Anna Carter Florence is the Peter Marshall Professor of Preaching at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. She is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and holds degrees from Yale University and Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div 1988, Ph.D. 2000). Before joining the Columbia faculty in 1998, Dr. Florence served as an associate pastor for youth and young adults at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis. Her books include Preaching as Testimony, Inscribing the Word, and Rehearsing Scripture: Discovering God’s Word in Community, based on her 2012 Lyman Beecher Lectures on Preaching at Yale Divinity School; her current book project is ‘A’ is for Alabaster: A Preacher’s Alphabet. She has also published articles and chapters in numerous books and journals, including a year’s worth of lectionary text commentaries for www.WorkingPreacher.com.
Dr. Florence’s research focuses on testimony, preaching pedagogies, and creative strategies for communities to engage and encounter the biblical text for our present context. She is a frequent preacher and lecturer in the U.S. and abroad, most recently for the 2019 Macleod Lecture at Princeton Seminary, the Festival of Preaching at Christ Church, Oxford, UK, and the Fjellstedstka Preaching Program in Uppsala, Sweden. These give her plenty of chances to do what makes her happiest: sitting around a table with a group of people, a big passage of Scripture, and a big block of time to dive into it. She and her husband, the Rev. David Carter Florence, have two grown sons. They also have two dogs, two cats, and way too much knitting yarn.
“The scope of the work of pastor is wide and almost limitless, requiring the skills of an administrator, the tact of a diplomat, the tongue of an orator, and the concern of a loving parent. To find a man who combines these skills along with an evangelical spirit, the vision of a prophet, and warmhearted friendliness, is rare indeed. Jim Cammack is all of these and more.”
In appreciation of Dr. James Cammack’s love and legacy of preaching, his son, Chris Cammack, established the James C. Cammack Institute of Preaching Lectures in 2011.
More information on how to register to participate in the Cammack Lecture Series is coming soon.
These events are offered at no charge and will include a ministry focus, a biblical focus, an academic focus, and a preaching focus. The lectures will be held in the Robert and Anna Butler Chapel. Follow Divinity School event signs for parking.
Mark your calendars now! Bring another minister with you and join us for any or all of these spiritual growth opportunities. These speakers will encourage you, stretch you, and inspire you. Campbell University provides a variety of venues for any meals you want to purchase.
We are glad to provide these growth and renewal opportunities for you. For more information, contact Tere Murphy by email or at 1-800-334-4111, ext. 1849.
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