Theologian to speak at Willson Lectures at Wayland

Release Date: February 13, 2009    

PLAINVIEW – Dr. Karen Bullock, fellow and professor of Christian heritage at B.H. Carroll Theological Institute in Arlington, will be the featured speaker for the Willson Lectures at Wayland Baptist University.

Slated March 3-4, the lectures will include a Tuesday evening dinner as well as a Wednesday lecture in the university’s weekly chapel service and an informal forum Wednesday afternoon.  The public is invited to all events.

Bullock is a graduate of the University of North Texas and the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where she earned master’s degree and a doctorate in church history and missions.

Prior to joining the faculty at B.H. Carroll Institute, Bullock taught theology for 10 years at Southwestern, also directing the Ph.D. program as associate dean. She also taught at Dallas Baptist University and directed the Ph.D. in Leadership Studies program. She has been a guest professor at the Uganda Baptist Seminary and the Canadian Southern Baptist Seminary as well as professor for the Oxford Study Program for six years.

Bullock serves as chairman of the Identity Commission of the Baptist World Alliance and is a member of the American Association of Church History, the Texas State Historical Association, the Southern Baptist Historical Association and the Texas Baptist Historical Society. She is a sought-after speaker and has written several articles, books, book chapters and documentaries. She is also the historian and archivist for Buckner Baptist Benevolences. She and husband John have two grown children and two grandsons.

The Tuesday event begins at 6:30 p.m. in McClung University Center room 211 and includes dinner and a lecture by Bullock. Tickets are $10 per person. Reservations are required. To reserve a ticket, call Debra Melcher at (806) 291-3400 prior to Feb. 24.

Chapel begins on Wednesday at 11 a.m. in Harral Memorial Auditorium and is free of charge. The service includes opening music and Bullock will speak. Following lunch with Wayland’s Ministerial Fellowship and area ministers, Bullock will then offer an open forum question-and-answer session in the Nunn Business Building Auditorium, beginning at 1:30 p.m. and concluding at 3 p.m. The public is also welcome to that free event.

The Willson Lectures were established in 1950 by gifts from Floydada      residents James M. and Mavis Willson. Successful business persons and active community residents, the Willsons were dedicated Methodist laypersons who were active in their local church. In addition, Mr. Willson served as a trustee at McMurry University, Southern Methodist University, and the former Methodist Hospital in Lubbock, where he was vice president of that board.

Willson was the recipient of several awards and honors, including honorary doctorates from Texas Wesleyan University and McMurry University. He was given a humanities award from Southwestern College and a merit award from Wayland. Wayland also nominated him for the Freedom Foundation Award in 1960, which he received in Valley Forge, Pa. He participated in numerous civic and service organizations, including the West Texas Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, the Masons and the Shriners.

The Willsons intended for the annual lectureship to feature topics related to “Applied Christianity” and “Christian Home and Family Life” and they worked to secure outstanding speakers over the years. Former lecturers have included atomic scientist Dr. George K. Schweitzer; former Southern Seminary president Dr. Duke McCall; Dr. Leon McBeth, noted church historian; and Dr. Grover Murray, former president of Texas Tech University.