Dr. Delvin Atchison Brings Focus to Willson Lectures

August 14, 2017

Dr. Delvin Atchison sitting in a pew
Dr. Delvin Atchison, Director of the Great Commission Team for Texas Baptists, will be the featured speaker at the Willson Lectures on Sept. 6, 2017. He will speak in chapel at 11 a.m. in Harral Auditorium, and take part in an afternoon discussion panel/forum at 1:45 p.m. in the Nunn Business Building. Both events are open to the public and admission is free.

PLAINVIEW – Entering a new academic year, Wayland Baptist University is focusing on meeting the needs of students in both academic standings and social constructs. As part of this focus, Wayland has invited Dr. Delvin Atchison to be the featured speaker at the Willson Lectures scheduled for Sept. 6.

The Willson Lectures chapel will take place at 11 a.m. in Harral Memorial Auditorium. The event is open to the public and admission is free.

Dr. Atchison serves as the Director of the Great Commission Team for Texas Baptists (Baptist General Convention of Texas). Atchison will build on a theme of applied Christianity and how it manifests itself in daily life.

As Director of the Great Commission Team, Dr. Atchison leads a group that focuses on helping churches and church members fulfill the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20, Go and make disciples of all nations …) through discipleship, evangelism, and worship.

Dr. Atchison began public speaking when he was 9 years old, starting his preaching ministry at the age of 16. He has pastored a number of churches throughout the state of Texas. Academically, he has studied at Oxford University and at the Vatican, as well as George W. Truett Seminary. He is an inaugural member of Truett Seminary’s 2015 preacher mentoring and coaching program.

He has served on the Editorial Advisory Board for the Baylor School of Social Work Journal, board for the Law Enforcement Academy of McLennan Community College, the Dispute Resolution Commission of McLennan County, and as chair of the Black Pastors’ Roundtable, a spiritual formation group for senior pastors at Truett.

In addition to speaking at chapel, Atchison will take part in a discussion panel/forum at approximately 1:45 in the auditorium of the Nunn Business Building. This event is also open to the public.

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.

Mr. 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.