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. 

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 29, 2020 – “Migration and World Christianity”

Dr. Stanley Skreslet, F. S. Royster Professor of Christian Missions, Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, VA

Stanley H. Skreslet is the F.S. Royster Professor of Christian Missions at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Virginia.  He joined the UPSem faculty in 1997 and was Academic Dean for a term.  Before this, he served for ten years on the faculty of the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo, Egypt.  He is a graduate of Lewis and Clark College (B.A.), Union Theological Seminary in Virginia (D.Min.), and Yale University (Ph.D.).  His 2012 book, Comprehending Mission: The Questions, Methods, Themes, Problems, and Prospects of Missiology, was the first monograph to receive the American Society of Missiology’s annual book award.  Among his other publications is a New Testament Greek grammar in Arabic published by the Bible Society of Egypt.  Stan and Paula are the parents of grown triplets.

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. 

Register to Participate in the Reavis Lecture Series


E.J. and Amaretta Prevatte Biblical Studies Lecture Series

October 27, 2020 – Prophetic Orthodoxies

Dr. Julia O’Brien, Paul H. and Grace L. Stern Chair in Old Testament Studies, Professor of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Lancaster Theological Seminary in Lancaster, PA

Dr. Julia M. O’Brien has held the Paul H. and Grace L. Stern Chair of Old Testament/Hebrew Bible at Lancaster Theological Seminary since 1997. From 1989-1997, she served on the faculty of Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Julia received a BA in Religion from Wake Forest University in 1981, a MDiv from Duke Divinity School in 1984, and a PhD in Hebrew Bible and Semitic Studies from Duke University in 1988, where her areas of study included the history and archaeology of the Old Testament as well as Judaism and Literary Criticism.

Her academic specialties include the prophetic literature of the Hebrew Bible (especially the Minor Prophets); the intersection of gender studies and biblical studies; theological, feminist, and ideological approaches to prophetic books; ethical issues in biblical interpretation; theology of the Hebrew Bible; violence; metaphor; images of God; and reading the Bible as literature.

She is the editor of the Oxford Handbook of the Minor Prophets (2020) and Editor-in-Chief of the Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Gender Studies (2014). Her publications include Micah (Wisdom Commentary Series. Liturgical Press, 2015); Nahum (Sheffield Academic Press, 2001); Nahum through Malachi (Abingdon Old Testament Commentary series, 2004); and Challenging Prophetic Metaphor (Westminster John Knox, 2008). With Chris Franke, she co-edited Aesthetics of Violence in the Prophets (T & T Clark, 2010).

Julia lectures on various topics related to the Bible and contemporary culture, including (homo)sexuality and the Bible; the family in ancient and modern perspectives; and secular readings of Old Testament narratives. She has served on numerous committees of the Society of Biblical Literature, recently completing two terms on the Committee for the Status of Women in the  Profession.

An avid vegetable gardener, she lives in Lancaster County with her husband, David Mull.

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.

Register to Participate in the Prevatte Lecture Series


The James C. Cammack Institute of Preaching Lectures

March 16 & March 23

This year’s event will be comprised of a series of sermons. Sermons will be delivered during the Divinity School weekly chapel services at 10:40 am. Following each chapel service, the respective preacher will be available for discussion at 11:30 am. On March 23 at 2:30 pm, both preachers will participate in a panel discussion on the topic, “What Preaching During a Pandemic Has Taught Me.”

March 16: Rev. Fredrick Culbreth, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church, Fayetteville, NC
March 23: Rev. Emily Hull McGee, Pastor, First Baptist Church on Fifth, Winston-Salem, NC

“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.

Register to Participate in the Cammack Preaching Series


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