Willson Lectures feature Thomas Brisco

February 14, 2014

PLAINVIEW -- Wayland Baptist University will host the Willson Lectures on March 4-5, featuring Dr. Thomas Brisco a Biblical scholar who specializes in archeology and history.

Brisco spent 21 years as a professor at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary where he also served as Associate Dean for the Doctor of Philosophy program. He currently serves as Provost and Chief Academic Officer for Hardin-Simmons University and teaches Old Testament and archeology in HSU’s Logsdon Seminary.

Brisco will visit Wayland on Tuesday, March 4, for a 7 p.m. lecture in Room 211 of the McClung University Center. His topic of discussion will be “The Prophetic Call and its Consequences.” A reception and discussion time will follow the lecture.

On Wednesday, Brisco will address Wayland students during chapel at 11 a.m., discussing “The Prophetic Vision of Hope.” Anyone interested in ministry or missions will be invited to lunch with Dr. Brisco at noon in UC 211. He will then participate in a question-and-answer forum at 1:30 p.m. in the Nunn Business Building auditorium.

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, Dr. Willson served as a trustee at McMurry University, Southern Methodist University, and the former Methodist Hospital in Lubbock.

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 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.