WILSON, N.C. – Members of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in North Carolina are invited to join the Barton College community on Tuesday, April 29, as the College honors the institution’s historical ties with its founding church during the 2008 Founder’s Week celebration. The featured speaker for the luncheon program on Tuesday will be minister, lecturer, and author Dr. Fred Craddock, who will be examining the relationship of the Church and Higher Education. Reservations are required for this event. For additional information, please contact Frances Belcher at 252-399-6357.Schedule for the day:

10 a.m., Coffee and Conversation at the Welcome Tent

11:15 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Lunch and Presentation on Center Campus

1:45 p.m. – 3 p.m., Discipliana Reception at the Willis N. Hackney Library

2:30 p.m., Campus Tours Leaving From Welcome Tent

About the featured speaker:

Dr. Craddock is the Bandy Distinguished Professor of Preaching and New Testament, Emeritus, in the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga. He joined the faculty at Emory following an appointment as chair of the Darbeth Distinguished Professor of Preaching and New Testament at the Graduate Seminary of Phillips University in Enid, Okla. Dr. Craddock joined the Phillips University Department of Religion faculty in 1961, moving to the seminary in 1965 where he taught until 1979.

Dr. Craddock received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Johnston Bible College in Knoxville, Tenn., a Bachelor of Divinity from Phillips University, and a Ph.D. in New Testament from Vanderbilt University. Post-doctoral studies were completed at Tübingen, Germany, and at Yale University.

An ordained minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Dr. Craddock has served pastorates in Tennessee and Oklahoma. In addition, Dr. Craddock has served on the General Board and Administrative Committee of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), on the Commission on Theology of the Council on Christian Unity, and has chaired the Commission on Ministry for the Christian Church in Georgia. He presently is serving on the Task Force on Ministry for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Dr. Craddock is a member of the Association of Disciples for Theological Discussion, the American Academy of Religion, the Society of Biblical Literature, and the Society for New Testament Studies. He has served on the Editorial Board of Quarterly Review and on the Advisory Board of Interpretation. Dr. Craddock is the founding pastor of Cherry Log Christian Church and Director Emeritus of The Craddock Center, a program for serving the needs of people of Southern Appalachia.

In addition to preaching and teaching widely at church assemblies and ministers’ conferences, Dr. Craddock has served as a guest professor at other seminaries. He has delivered the Thedford G. and Woodrow W. Sprinkle Lectures at Barton College, the Lyman Beecher Lectures at Yale, the Scott Lectures at Claremont School of Theology, the Adams Lectures at Southeastern Baptist Seminary, the Schaff Lectures at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, the Cole Lectures at Vanderbilt, the Westervelt Lectures at Austin Presbyterian Seminary, the Mullins Lectures at Southern Seminary, the Earl Lectures at Pacific School of Religion, and the Mullins Lectures at Southern Baptist Seminary. He was selected by “Newsweek” as one of the 12 most effective preachers in the English speaking world.

Dr. Craddock has written a number of books, including “The Pre-Existence of Christ” (1968), “As One Without Authority” (1971, rev. 1974 and 1979), “Overhearing the Gospel” (1978), “The Gospels” (1981), commentaries on “John” (1982), ‘Philippians” (1984), “Luke, Preaching” (1985), “First and Second Peter and Jude, Preaching” (1985), “The Craddock Stories, Listening to the Word: Studies in Honor of Fred Craddock.” In addition, he has prepared with Lee Keck the “Pentecost 3, Series B” volume of the “Proclamation” series; with Ernest Saunders the “Epiphany” volume; with Carl Holladay, John Hayes, and Gene Tucker, the three volume series, “Preaching Through the Christian Year, Year A, Year B, Year C,” and he has provided the “Commentary on the Gospel of Luke” in “Harper’s One-Volume Commentary” (1988). Dr. Craddock has also contributed a number of articles to various journals. Most recently he has co-authored with Eugene Boring “The People’s New Testament Commentary.”

A native of Humboldt, Tenn., Dr. Craddock is married to the former Nettie Lee Dungan. They have a daughter and a son.

Sponsors for the event:

Dr. Georgia B. Campion, Class of 1936
Member, Barton College Board of Trustees

Hillyer Memorial Christian Church
The Reverend David Mallory, Senior Minister

Ms. Florence Moye
Member, Barton College Board of Trustees from 1990-2005

St. Paul’s Christian Church
The Reverend Philip N. Jones, Senior Minister

Winterville Christian Church
Dr. J. David Griffin, Senior Minister

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Questions? Please contact Kathy Daughety, director of public relations, at 252-399-6529 or email: kdaughety@barton.edu.