Annual Lecture Series

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. 

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The L. B. and Mabel Reavis Professorship and Scholarship Program

October 1, 2019 – 10:40 a.m. & 2:30 p.m. – “Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Race, and the Contested Legacy of the Reformation in North America”

Dr. Barry Harvey, Professor of Theology, Baylor University in Waco, TX

A native of Denver, Colorado, Barry Harvey is Professor of Theology at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, where he teaches in the Great Texts program in the Honors College and the Graduate Program in the Department of Religion. He has two degrees in choral music and conducting from the University of Colorado at Boulder, the Master of Divinity degree from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Theology and Ethics from Duke University.

Harvey is author of four books (Politics of the Theological, Another City, Can These Bones Live?, and Taking Hold of the Real), co-author of a fifth (StormFront), with a sixth book due out in Spring 2020 (tentatively entitled Band of Nomads). He has published numerous articles in collections and scholarly journals such as Modern Theology, Pro Ecclesia, Scottish Journal of Theology, Christian Scholar’s Review, Review and Expositor and Perspectives in Religious Studies.

Harvey is a member of the Board of the International Bonhoeffer Society, English Language Section, and a founding member of the Ekklesia Project, a network of Christians in North America from Catholic parishes, Protestant congregations, and many other ecclesial communities, working together to celebrate, assist and make known the work of those congregations and groups whose allegiance to God and the Body of Christ make discipleship a lived reality in the world.

Harvey is married to Sarah Harvey, an ordained Baptist minister and retired music teacher, and has two children, both of whom are graduates of Baylor: Rachel, a licensed professional counselor living and working in East Texas, and John, an actor living in Hollywood.

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. 

E.J. and Amaretta Prevatte Biblical Studies Lecture Series

November 5, 2019 – 10:40 a.m. & 2:30 p.m. – “Of Pearls and Prodigals: Hearing Jesus’ Parables as Jewish Stories”

Dr. Amy-Jill Levine, University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies, Mary Jane Werthan Professor of Jewish Studies, Vanderbilt Divinity School and College of Arts and Science

Amy-Jill Levine (Ph.D. Duke) is University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies and Mary Jane Werthan Professor of Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School and College of Arts and Science.

Her numerous publications include The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus; Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi; Who Counts? 100 Sheep, 10 Coins and 2 Sons; The Marvelous Mustard Seed; and Who is My Neighbor? (children’s book co-authored with Sandy Eisenberg Sasso), Entering the Passion of Jesus; The Gospel of Luke (co-authored with Ben Witherington III), and the Jewish Annotated New Testament (co-edited with Marc Z. Brettler).

Professor Levine is a self-described “Yankee Jewish feminist” who teaches New Testament in Nashville, Tennessee, the buckle of the Bible Belt; she puts her scholarship in service to eliminating religious prejudice, sexism, and homophobia.

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.

The James C. Cammack Institute of Preaching Lectures

March 10, 2020
10:40 a.m. & 2:30 p.m.
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. and Ph.D.). 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 numerous articles and chapters in books and journals, including a year’s worth of lectionary text commentaries for

Dr. Florence’s research focuses on testimony, preaching pedagogies, and creative strategies for communities to engage and encounter the biblical text, so she is happiest when 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 is a frequent teacher and lecturer in the U.S. and abroad. 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.


Lecture Information

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.


Please call numbers listed below and mention the Ministers Continuing Education Program at Campbell University Divinity School for reduced rates.

7616 Purfoy Rd. (27526)

511 N. Judd Parkway NE (27526)

100 Jesse Tart Circle (28334)

900 East Pearsall Street (28334)

513 Springs Branch Road
Dunn, NC 28334
(910) 891-4064