Noted New Testament scholar to present Willson Lectures at Wayland 

February 11, 2011

PLAINVIEW – Dr. David Garland, dean of the George W. Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University and noted New Testament scholar, will be the keynote speaker for the annual Willson Lectures Series at Wayland Baptist University.

The Willson Lectures are set for Tuesday, March 1 and Wednesday, March 2. Garland will present a lecture titled “Jesus and the Outcasts” during an evening banquet on March 1, slated for 6:30 p.m. in the McClung Center, Room 211. Garland will then speak at the university’s Wednesday chapel service at 11 a.m. on March 2 on the topic “Jesus and Forgiveness,” followed by a time with the school’s ministerial student group discussing “Jesus and Money.”

An open forum question-and-answer session will follow at 1:30 p.m. in the Nunn Auditorium, providing an opportunity for students and the general public to dialogue with Dr. Garland. All events are open to the public, with tickets to the Tuesday dinner set for $10 per person.

Garland became the fourth dean of Truett Seminary in June 2007 and also is the William M. Hinson Professor of Christian Scriptures at the seminary. He served as interim president at Baylor from August 2008 until May 2010.

He earned both the Master of Divinity and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and served on the Southern faculty for 21 years, as chairman of the Biblical Division from 1992-97. Garland did post-graduate study at Eberhard-Karls Universitaet in Tuebingen, Germany, in 1984-85 and at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, in 1992-93.

A prolific author, Garland has authored, co-authored, and edited seventeen books, including "The Intention of Matthew 23", "Reading Matthew: A Literary and Theological Commentary on the First Gospel"; commentaries on Mark, Colossians/Philemon, First and Second Corinthians; and the chapter “Gospel of Mark” in the "Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary." He has published more than fifty articles.

His commentary on Mark received a Silver Medallion from the Christian Booksellers Association in 1996. The commentary of the “Gospel of Mark” received the Gold Medallion in 2003; the commentary on 1 Corinthians received a Silver Medallion from the CBA and an Award of Merit from Christianity Today in 2004. He currently serves as the New Testament editor for the revision of the "Expositor’s Bible Commentary," for which he has written a commentary on Philippians, and he is a consulting editor for the "Zondervan Exegetical Commentary" series, for which he is writing a commentary on Luke.

Garland’s most recent book is co-authored with his wife Diana, Dean of the School of Social Work at Baylor, entitled "Flawed Families of the Bible: How God's Grace Works Through Imperfect Relationships." He also contributed to the acclaimed DVD series “Deeper Connections,” produced by Zondervan. He is an elected member of Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas.

Garland remains closely connected to local church ministry and has served as interim pastor of sixteen churches in Kentucky, Indiana, and Texas. He has preached in numerous churches throughout the U.S. and Australia.

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.

Reservations for the March 1 banquet are required by Feb. 24 and may be made to Tommie Quebe at (806) 291-3400 or by email to The chapel lecture and open forum are free and open to the public.