Church Relations

Lay and Apprentice-model Ministry Education Program begins fall 2014. Working with the Regional Minister and the Commission on Ministry of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in North Carolina, this program provides the educational component required for the apprentice-model track toward ordination. In compliance with the regulations presented by the General Church, the program offers courses in 16 areas of competency.

Fall Lectures

Allan R. Sharp Religion in Life Series

The lectures focus on topics of practical Christian significance for the general public relating to contemporary issues. Established in 1991 upon the retirement of Dr. Allan R. Sharp, a professor and chair of the Department of Religion and Philosophy, this lecture series brings distinguished performers and speakers to the Barton campus each fall semester.

October 28, 2014 , in cooperation with the Heritage Lecture. Featured speaker: Dr. Molly Worthen, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 7:30 p.m., The Sam and Marjorie Ragan Writing Center.

Spring Lectures

Spring Lectures will be held at the Region Assembly of the Christian Church (DOC).

April 24-25, 2015

Sprinkle Lectures Speaker: Dr. Lance Pape
Granville and Erline Walker Assistant Professor of Homiletics at Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University

Purcell Lecture Speaker: Dr. John R. Levison
Professor of New Testament at Seattle Pacific University.

Location: Hillyer Memorial Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
Time: TBA

Thedford G. and Woodrow W. Sprinkle Lectures

These lectures were established in 1981 by Dr. Stephen V. Sprinkle, a graduate of Barton College, Yale Divinity School and Duke University. The lectures were named in honor of his father, Thedford G. Sprinkle and his uncle, Woodrow W. Sprinkle. Dr. Sprinkle, who graduated from Barton College in 1974, has served as associate minister to Thomas Chapel Church of Christ, New Haven, Conn., and as minister to First Christian Church of Greensboro, Wendell Christian Church and Pleasant Union Christian Church in Newton Grove. He served on the faculty of the Department of Religion and Philosophy at Barton from 1983-1990. Sprinkle presently serves as associate professor of practical theology and director of field education and supervised ministry at Brite Divinity School of Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas.

E.G. Purcell, Jr., Bible Conference

The lecture was established in 1984 with an endowment given by family, colleagues, friends, students and parishioners to honor the life and ministry of Eugene G. Purcell Jr. A graduate of Duke University and Duke Divinity School, Purcell joined the faculty of Barton College in 1957 and served 27 years in the Department of Religion and Philosophy. During his career, he has served Methodist churches in Burlington, Fair Bluff, and Ahoskie, as well Riverside Christian Church and Lanie’s Chapel Christian Church. The purpose of these lectures has been to provide the public with the finest in recent biblical scholarship each year. From its inception, these lectures have been planned with the laity of the church in mind.