The Willson Lectures Series

An annual lecture series focusing on applied Christianity and Christian home and family life.

Dr. Jerry Root

The 2022 featured speaker. Dr. Root is the emeritus professor of evangelism at Wheaton College, and former director of the Evangelism Initiative at the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism at Wheaton College.



Join us for Chapel, Wednesday, Feb. 2nd, 2022.

Steam Chapel on our YouTube channel.



Other Presentations

During the lecture event week, Dr. Root spoke at a private dinner and a luncheon with students. Stream those presentations on our YouTube Channel.





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.


Watch Last Year's Lecture