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Summer Scholars Series at Millbrook Baptist Church

Summer Scholars Series 2013 Schedule

2013 Summer Scholar Series

Sundays, June 2nd - August 25th
9:30 - 10:30 am
Join us for this engaging series featuring Christian professors from area universities including Duke, NC State, Wake Forest, McAfee, Elon, Meredith, and Wake Forest.  A nursery will be provided and young children will enjoy age-appropriate learning in their own classrooms

June 2nd & 9th - Stephen Chapman
Associate Professor of Old Testament at Duke Divinity School whose research centers on issues of canon, hermeneutics and theological approaches to scriptural interpretation.
June 16th - Karey Harwood
Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies at N.C. State University whose research focuses specifically on reproductive technologies and the nature of reproductive freedom.
June 23rd - Rob Nash
Professor of Missions and World Religions and Associate Dean for the D.Min Program at Mercer University’s McAfee School of Theology who has devoted his research to the intersection between faith and culture.
June 30th - Laura Kanal
Graduate of the Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy Program of East Carolina University and a licensed professional counselor who runs her own private practice in Raleigh, NC.
July 7th & 14th - Laceye Warner
Executive Vice Dean and Associate Professor of the Practice of Evangelism and Methodist Studies at Duke Divinity School whose research seeks to inform and locate contemporary church practices within the larger Christian narrative.
July 21nd - Charles Irons
Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of History and Geography at Elon University whose research traces segregation in southern churches following the Civil War.
July 28th - Curtis Freeman
Curtis Freeman serves as the Director of the Baptist House of Studies and Research Professor of Theology at Duke Divinity. He is active in the Baptist World Alliance, serving on the Commission on Doctrine and Christian Unity.
August 4th - Jill Crainshaw
Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Worship and Ministry Studies at Wake Forest School of Divinity whose research interests include liturgical theology and the theory and practice of preaching.
August 11th & 18th - Kate Bowler
Associate Professor of the History of Christianity in the United States at Duke Divinity School whose research interests include contemporary evangelism, pentacostalism, megachurches , and religion and ethnicity.
August 25th - Shannon Grimes
Associate Professor and Program Coordinator of Religious and Ethical Studies at Meredith College whose current research focuses on alchemy and astronomy in antiquity, and how these sciences have sparked the religious imagination.

Summer Scholars Series 2012 Schedule
2012 Summer Scholar Series
June 3rd & 10th - Norman Wirzba

Research Professor of Theology, Ecology, and Rural Life at Duke Divinity School whose work offers incisive guidance on how Christians should think about critical resources like land, food, and even our own bodies.

June 17th - Jill Peterfeso

Graduate of Rhodes College, Harvard Divinity School, and UNC whose latest research on a movement to ordain female priests illuminates pressing issues in American Catholicism like authority and tradition, religious innovation, and gender and minority populations.

June 24th - Dick Hester

Teacher and pastoral counselor whose legacy of sound theology and pastoral care was established during his long tenure of teaching pastoral theology, directing the Georgia Association for Pastoral Care in Atlanta, and co-directing the Sustaining Pastoral Excellence program at Triangle Pastoral Counseling in Raleigh.

July 1st - Raymond Barfield

Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Christian Philosophy at Duke Divinity School who publishes widely in poetry, philosophy, and medical research related to childhood cancer and quality of life care for terminally ill children.

July 8th & 15th - Sujin Pak

Assistant Professor of the History of Christianity at Duke Divinity School who studies how the Bible was interpreted during the Protestant Reformation and its impact on women, Jews, and Christian-Jewish relations.

July 22nd - James M. Dunn

Resident Professor of Christianity and Public Policy at Wake Forest School of Divinity whose long career includes leadership of Bread for the World, the Christian Life Commission, the Ethics Commission of the Baptist World Alliance, and the Baptist Joint Committee on Religious Liberty.

July 29th - Mary Kathleen Cunningham

Associate Professor of Religious Studies at N.C. State University who specializes in the relationship between science and religion, especially questions about God and evolution.

August 5th & 12th - Brittany Wilson

Visiting Lecturer in New Testament at Duke Divinity School whose work yields new insight on the biblical books of Luke and Acts and uncovers different constructions of gender and masculinity in the ancient world.

August 19th & 26th - David Odom

Executive Director of Leadership Education at Duke Divinity and former head of the Center for Congregational Health who enjoys broad familiarity with current trends in ministry and extensive experience in promoting healthy communities of faith.


Summer Scholars Series 2011 Schedule

2011 Schedule

June 5th & 12th - David Moffitt

Former Fulbright Scholar who is a celebrated professor at Campbell University Divinity School with expertise in Jewish Apocalypticism and the biblical books of Matthew and Hebrews.

June 19th & 26th - Bryan Hatcher

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, business coach, and Associate Director of CareNet of North Carolina with experience in the treatment of depression, anxiety, trauma, and relational issues.  

July 3rd & September 4th - Brent Jones

Minister and historian whose research explores the relationship between Christian piety and politics in the American South. 

July 10th & 17th - Barry Jones

Associate Dean at Campbell University Divinity School whose work has illuminated Old Testament prophecy and its relevance for contemporary American culture.

July 24th & 31st - Alicia Davis Porterfield

Board Certified Chaplain and mother of three who writes, teaches, and reflects with uncommon wisdom on the gospel’s message for modern Christians.

August 7th & 14th - James “Mickey” Efird

Biblical scholar and author of more than seventy published works who is committed to making biblical knowledge accessible to everyone. 

August 21st - Gail O’Day

Graduate of Brown, Harvard, and Emory who serves as Dean of Wake Forest Divinity School and enjoys an international reputation in biblical studies.

August 28th - Barbara Brown Taylor

Highly acclaimed pastor and author who was once named by Baylor University as one of the twelve most “effective preachers” in the English-speaking world.

Summer Scholars Series 2010 Schedule

2010 Schedule

June 6th - Curtis Freeman

Curtis Freeman serves as the Director of the Baptist House of Studies and Research Professor of Theology at Duke Divinity. His most recent work has explored areas of free church theology. His two edited books, Ties That Bind and Baptist Roots, as well as numerous articles, seek to describe the development of a distinctly Baptist theological tradition. He is currently doing research on Baptists in the South from 1750-1850 and is writing a book tentatively titled Confessions of an Other Baptist. Freeman is also active in the Baptist World Alliance, serving on the Doctrine and InterChurch Cooperation Commission.

June 13th, 20th, & 27th Tony and Jan Cartledge

Rev. Jan Rush Cartledge is a former youth minister and pastor, having served with four N.C. churches. In September 2010, she will begin a one-year chaplain residency at WakeMed Hospital in Raleigh. Cartledge is also a frequent seminar leader, covering topics ranging from grief and loss to practical ministry with people in poverty. She and her husband, Tony, have co-authored two books together entitled A Whole New World: Life after Bethany and Job: Into the Fire, Out of the Ashes. Jan, Tony and their thirteen-year-old son, Samuel, live in Apex.

Tony W. Cartledge is Associate Professor of Old Testament at Campbell University Divinity School and Contributing Editor for Baptists Today. Cartledge has written books on preaching and Old Testament studies, including his most recent work, Telling Stories: Tall Tales. For nearly nine years, Cartledge was Editor/President of the Biblical Recorder, a news journal related to the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina. Prior to that, he served as pastor of five churches, with the last 10 years being at Woodhaven Baptist Church near Apex and Cary, N.C.

July 4th - W. Brent Jones

Rev. Brent Jones, a Ph.D. graduate in history at the University of Virginia, with his dissertation entitled “Moving Mountains: Antebellum Appalachia and the Faith of the Nation.” He is also working on a number of articles related to southern revivalism, evangelical theology, and the effects of political ideology on church politics in the nineteenth-century South. Jones earned an M.A. from the University of Georgia and an M.Div. from Mercer University’s McAfee School of Theology. He has served in various capacities on the staff of five churches. Jones received ordination to the Baptist ministry at Northwoods Baptist Church in Atlanta, where he directed a ministry to urban homeless men. He is married to the Rev. Andrea Dellinger Jones, pastor of Millbrook Baptist Church.

July 11th, 25th, August 1st - Alicia Davis Porterfield

A native of Atlanta, GA, Rev. Alicia Davis Porterfield is a writer, teacher and Board Certified Chaplain. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia and Duke University Divinity School and completed two years of chaplaincy training at Rex Healthcare in Raleigh, N.C. For six years, Alicia served as chaplain at Quail Haven Retirement Village in Pinehurst, N.C., before her family moved to Wilmington. Her husband Eric is senior pastor at Winter Park Baptist Church, and together they stay busy learning and growing with their three sons: Davis (8), Luke (6) and Thomas (4). In her rare spare moments, Alicia enjoys reading, singing and re-learning piano to make some use of those four years of lessons her parents funded long ago.

July 18th - Bill Leonard

Bill J. Leonard is the founding dean and Professor of Church History at the Wake Forest University Divinity School. A popular Baptist speaker, Leonard also authored or edited of some 15 books, including his most recent Baptist Questions, Baptist Answers and The Baptist Bible (co-authored), both published in 2009. As an ordained Baptist minister, Leonard has served as interim pastor of over 25 congregations in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Kentucky, Indiana and North Carolina. His spouse, Dr. Candyce Crew Leonard, is professor of Humanities at Wake Forest University with specialization in Spanish literature. They have one daughter, Stephanie.

August 15th, 22nd, & September 5th - Thea Portier-Young

Anathea Portier-Young serves as Assistant Professor of Old Testament at Duke Divinity School. Her scholarship has focused on theological themes of God’s mercy and justice, the alleviation of suffering, and traditions of violent and non-violent action. One of her books, entitled Theologies of Resistance: Jewish Responses to the Antiochian Persecution, examines the variety of ways Jews resisted the persecution by Antiochus Epiphanes. Another work, entitled The Theology of the Book of Daniel, is under contract with Cambridge Press. Portier-Young has also published articles on diverse scriptural texts, including Tobit, Joseph and Aseneth, and 1 Corinthians.

August 29th - Lydia Hoyle

Lydia H. Hoyle serves as Associate Professor of Church History and Baptist Heritage at Campbell Divinity School, where she teaches courses in Christian history, American religion, and Baptist history. Her research interests and publications have included work in the areas of women and missions, children and mission education, Baptist history, and women in ministry. Currently, she is working on a study of Baptists and children. Hoyle is married to Rick Hoyle, a social psychologist at Duke University. They are the parents of three children: Matthew, Michael, and Jessica.

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