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. 


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

“Back to the Bible” 

September 28, 2021
Butler Chapel, Campbell University (In-Person) | Virtual Option Also Available *

10:40 – 11:30 am  |  Lecture One: “Back to the Bible: Women, Submission, and the Politics of Inerrancy”
1:30 – 2:30 pm | Lecture Two: “Back to the Bible: Women, Complementarianism, and the Politics of Inerrancy”

*The Fall 2021 Reavis Lectures will be held in-person at Campbell University’s Butler Chapel, with the option to participate virtually. If you wish to participate virtually, via a livestream of the event, please indicate that on the event registration form below. 

Register for the Fall 2021 Reavis Lectures

Dr. Elizabeth Flowers, Associate Professor of American Religion, Baylor University in Waco, TX

Elizabeth H. Flowers (MDiv Princeton Theological Seminary; PhD Duke Graduate Program in Religion) is a native Memphian who taught at both the University of Memphis and Texas Christian University before becoming Associate Professor of American Religious History at Baylor. Her research focuses on women, gender, and American Protestantism. She is the author of Into the Pulpit (University of North Carolina Press, 2014), as well as multiple book chapters and articles, and editor of A Marginal Majority (University of Tennessee Press, 2020). Her current project is a cultural history of inerrancy as it involves women, gender, and sexuality. A lifelong Baptist and committed Sunday School teacher, Flowers is on the editorial board of Perspectives, has served on the Council for the American Society of Church History, and is the immediate past-president of the Southwest region of the American Academy of Religion. She is married to Darren Middleton, and together they enjoy cheering for their son, Jonathan, in soccer.

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 2, 2021
Virtual Event

Topic: Revelation
10:40 – 11:30 am  |  Lecture One: Engaging the Mystery of Revelation (Revelation 1-4)
1:30 – 2:30 pm | Lecture Two: Pictures Speak: The Provocative Images in Revelation

Register for the Fall 2021 Prevatte Lectures

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 StudiesThe 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.


The James C. Cammack Institute of Preaching Lectures

Tuesday, March 22, 2022
In-Person, Butler Chapel & Virtual Event

10:40 – 11:30 am  |  Lecture One
2:30 – 3:30 pm | Lecture Two

Register for the Spring 2022 Cammack 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

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.


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.



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