Bible Lectureship

A Message from President McLarty

Dear friends –

Welcome to Harding’s 93rd annual Bible Lectureship! Lectureship is a tradition that is as old as Harding University. Since our very first fall as a four-year college, students and friends of Harding have gathered from across the country and around the world for this special occasion. Lectureship has always been part-homecoming, part-revival, part-intensive Bible study, and part-celebration of the University itself. You might say that Lectureship is one of Harding’s gifts to the church and that your presence at Lectureship is a gift from you to Harding. So, welcome and thanks for coming!

Since joining us in 2013 to serve as Harding’s Vice President for Church Relations, Dan Williams has taken the Lectureship to new heights. Each year the crowds are larger, and the program is packed with more resources and opportunities than ever before. Working year-round with an excellent team of church leaders from both on and off campus, Dr. Williams continues to find ways to address the needs and requests of our Lectureship guests. For twenty-eight years, he preached for the College Avenue Church of Christ in El Dorado, Arkansas. Consequently, he approaches Lectureship with the heart and the vision of someone who has spent his life “in the trenches” of congregational ministry. I think you will see evidence of that on every page of the Lectureship program.

Again, welcome to campus! We are so glad you came, and we pray that you have an inspiring, uplifting, refreshing, and renewing experience at Lectureship this year.

--Dr. Bruce McLarty, President   

2016 Speakers

Here are some of our 2016 Lectureship Speakers (list will be updated as info becomes available).


Wissam Al-Aethawi

I am Wissam, a minister at Sunset church of Christ and a gospel preacher in Metro Detroit, MI. I was born and raised to a Sunni Muslim family in Baghdad, Iraq in 1979. I rejected Islam into atheism in the mid-1990's, found a copy of the Bible in '97, believed in '98 and it took me another 12 years before I could find someone to baptize me in May of 2010.

A graduate of the University of Baghdad, I worked as a civil engineer for 8 years after finishing my service in the Republican Guard. I quit my job when a Christian woman in the Amish country of Pennsylvania invited me to come to the U.S. I came in April 2011. Nine months later, I went to Sunset International Bible Institute in Lubbock, Texas. I finished school and moved to Michigan by early 2014.

I like reading, writing, and doing Bible studies. I teach in our church, at my place and other places on a regular basis. I dream of starting an Arab-speaking congregation of the Lord's church in Dearborn. Wissam will share his journey from Islam to Christ in three segments on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 3:00 p.m.


David Anguish

Since May 2015, David Anguish has served as a full-time writer for Truth for Today. Prior to that he was the Pulpit Minister for the Southwind congregation in Memphis from 2000-2015. He moved to Memphis from Atlanta, GA where he had served as pulpit minister, education minister, and song leader for various churches for more than twenty years, twelve of which he also served as a Bible teacher at Greater Atlanta Christian School.

David earned Bible degrees from Freed-Hardeman (B. A.) and Lipscomb Universities (M.A.). He has taught in Bible teacher workshops, lectureships, and seminars on Apologetics and other themes. He has also written articles for several gospel papers and authored two tracts.

He has been married to the former Carlynn Leverette since 1978. They have two grown sons, one of whom is married, and a granddaughter. David will speak on “Holy Scriptures : What’s So Special About the Bible?” at 10:00 a.m. on Monday.


Tim Archer

Tim Archer has been heavily involved with Cuba since he became a part of Hope For Life/Herald of Truth Ministries in 2006. His weekly radio program, Lea La Biblia (Read The Bible), is heard throughout the island.

Tim has preached for campaigns in a dozen countries, both in English and Spanish. He has written for numerous publications, both in print and online. Besides writing several tracts for Hope For Life, Tim has co-authored three books with Steve Ridgell: Letters From The Lamb, Hope For Life, and More Hope For Life. 

Tim preaches for the bilingual ministry at the University Church of Christ in Abilene, Texas, where he attends with his wife Carolina and their two children.  Tim will be serving as an interpreter for the two presentations by Tony Fernandez on Wednesday morning.


Leon Barnes

I was born and reared in Vernon, Alabama as the youngest of eight children.  Married Linda Randolph my high school sweetheart when we graduated from high school at 18. We’ve now been married for 52 years. Attended Freed-Hardeman University.  My first full-time preaching effort was for the Christian Chapel congregation in Amory, Mississippi.  From there we moved to North Little Rock, AR to work with the Levy congregation for the next 16 years.  Preached for the church in Germantown, TN for a couple of years and a short stay at Memorial Drive in Houston, Texas before moving back to work with the church that is now Central church in Little Rock where we’ve been since 1993.  Linda and I have three daughters, two son-in-laws, nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren.  We’ve been blessed by every church where we served and have loved both the people and the great opportunities God has given us in our work for Him. Leon will be the featured speaker at our annual “Celebration of Ministry” dinner for current and retired ministers, elders and their spouses on Monday at 4:30 p.m.


Tom Carr

Tom has served as the Executive Director of IHCF African Christian Hospitals since August of 2005. At least twice a year, he leads teams to Africa to visit the clinics and hospitals that IHCF supports and partners with. Before coming to IHCF he was a Vice President at Bluefield College in Virginia.  He has spent most of his adult life working with faith-based organizations. He is a member of the Downtown Church of Christ in Searcy and was previously and elder at Forest Home Church of Christ in Franklin, Tennessee.  He is the father of four children, all of whom have attended Harding. Tom holds degrees from Harding University and Florida State University. Tom will share about African Christian Hospitals in an interview on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m.


Dr. Allen Diles

Dr. Diles was born in Tennessee, grew up in Arkansas, and attended college at Harding University, graduating with a degree in Business Management (1988). He then received his Master's of Divinity (MDiv.), with an emphasis in missions, at Abilene Christian University (1994). Dr. Diles served a total of 12 years as a full-time church planting missionary in Prague, Czech Republic, and while there, completed the Doctor of Theology degree (Th.D.) in Church History/Historical Theology at Charles University in Prague (2005). He has been teaching at Harding University since 2005 in the areas of Biblical text, Missions, and Church History and has published several scholarly articles and book reviews.

Dr. Diles is a member of the College Church of Christ, where he serves as an elder, missions committee member, and Bible class teacher. He is married and has two sons. Dr. Diles will tackle the topic of “Church as Pure Community or as Community of Reconciliation and Forgiveness? The Problem of Holiness in Early Church Controversy” in two sessions on Monday followed by a special lecture on “Celebrating 200 years of Alexander Campbell's 'Sermon on the Law’.”


John Dobbs

John grew up just outside of New Orleans, Louisiana and graduated from Hahnville High School in January 1981. He is a graduate of Magnolia Bible College, which was located in Central Mississippi. John met his wife Margaret "Maggy" Willingham when he was the preacher for the Church of Christ in Ruleville, Mississippi. John has ministered in a variety of settings as Youth Minister, Campus Minister, Admissions Counselor, and Preacher. For sixteen years he was the preaching minister for the Central Church of Christ in Pascagoula, Mississippi, ending in 2008.

John began preaching for the Forsythe Church of Christ in February of 2008. He and his wife Maggy have been married for 29 years. They have a daughter who lives in Georgia with her family. John and Maggy also have a son, John Robert, who passed away in early 2008 at the age of 18.

They feel very blessed to minister with such a loving church family!

John is available to do a four-part seminar on the subject of grief called ACQUAINTED WITH GRIEF. Contact him to arrange a seminar for your church / community.

John will speak on Tuesday at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., and 3 p.m. on the topic of “When Life Overwhelms Me”.


Ian J. Drucker

Ian grew up in the area of Wheaton, Maryland where he graduated from Wheaton High School in 1978.  He attended Montgomery College and Capitol College earning a B.S. Degree in Electronics Engineering in 1982.  He also earned a Master of Engineering Administration Degree from GWU in 1989 while working as an electrical engineer on the DC Metro System.  Notably, Ian was raised in the Jewish faith, and attended the Beth Tikva Synagogue in Rockville, Maryland as a youth.  Ian, however, was baptized into Christ in July 1993, and worshipped with the Lord’s Church in Frederick, Maryland where he lived with his wife, Marti (Also baptized in 1993). 

Ian began preaching and teaching the gospel in 2002.  Ian left his engineering career in 2004 to devote more time to spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ.  The Frederick Church of Christ, The Frederick County Adult Detention Center and The Frederick Rescue Mission are just a few places where he served to spread the gospel.  Ian then earned a Master of Ministry Degree from Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas in 2008.  Ian and Marti left Frederick in March 2008 and relocated to Laurel, Delaware to serve and work full time with the Lord’s church where Ian served as the minister.  Ian and Marti moved back to Maryland when Ian accepted a minister position with the Laurel Church of Christ with a start date of June 2014.  Ian has a passion for evangelism and a compassionate heart towards individuals who are hurting.  Ian and Marti have been married since July 1990.  They have two daughters and two grandchildren.  Ian enjoys conducting Bible Studies, teaching people about God, family time, sports, and other outdoor activities. Ian will speak on Wednesday at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. and his topic will be “From Synagogue to Church – My Journey to Jesus and Holiness”.


Tony Fernández

Tony is the representative in Cuba for Hope For Life/Herald of Truth Ministries. He also preaches for the Versalles Church of Christ in Matanzas, Cuba. Tony began this congregation along with his parents in 1992; since then, the congregation has grown from 3 members to over 700. The Versalles has planted dozens of other congregations, averaging approximately 180 baptisms per year.

Tony is an accomplished bass violinist, presenting concerts both nationally and internationally, including tours of Spain, Austria, Brazil, Jamaica, Cayman Islands and the United States. In 2000, he helped begin the Church of Christ Chamber Choir, which has performed in prestigious events throughout Cuba, including two performances for President Raúl Castro.

Tony lives in Matanzas, Cuba, with his wife Liudmila and their daughter. He will share his experience with church planting in Cuba on Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. and discuss “The Miraculous Power of Prayer” at 11:00 a.m.


Joshua Freeman

Joshua serves as the preaching minister for the Lakewood Church of Christ in Baytown, Texas. He is currently working on his doctorate at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Joshua holds degrees in Bible (Harding University) and Professional Counseling (Liberty University). He is a licensed counselor, Police Chaplain, adjunct teacher, son of a church planter, and author of The Pursuit as well as many evangelistic and discipleship studies. Joshua married his best friend Caitlin, who now stays home with their two daughters. Joshua will speak on Monday in three sessions entitled “Four Keys to Making and Retaining Disciples.”


Justin Gerhardt

Justin serves as the preaching minister for Round Rock Church of Christ near Austin, Texas. He has a great passion for helping people discover how good the Way of Christ really is. Justin and his wife, Jennifer, lead marriage workshops together and love going on family hikes with their two daughters. Justin will give the keynote address on Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. on "A Holy Nation, A People Belonging to God" (1 Peter 2:4-12).


Michelle J. Goff

Michelle is the founder and Executive Director of Iron Rose Sister Ministries (IRSM), a women's ministry resource that serves to equip women to connect with God and one another more deeply. All resources are available in English and Spanish, such as interactive small group Bible study materials, which Michelle authors in both languages, as well as seminars, women's retreats and conferences across the Americas. Michelle's years of experience in missions, church planting, campus and women's ministries have blessed her with the opportunities to make herself and these resources available across the Americas. Michelle lives here in Searcy, Arkansas, the home base for IRSM, and near her family. She loves to travel, speak Spanish, meet friends for coffee, cook, and cheer on the LSU Tigers and Atlanta Braves. Michelle will speak on Wednesday of Lectureship.


Dr. Cynthia Guy

Cynthia Guy is an author, inspirational speaker, and on-line adjunct instructor at Amridge University in Montgomery, AL.  She has an M.A. in New Testament Greek from Heritage Christian University, an M.A. in New Testament Studies from Freed-Hardeman University, a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Trinity Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry from Amridge University.  She has written two ladies’ class books, What About the Women? in 2005 and Struggle. Seek. Grow in 2011, and co-authored Sweet Truths (2013).

She is married to Steven Guy, minister of the Myrtle Beach Church of Christ in Myrtle Beach, SC. They have served the Lord in California, Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, and South Carolina. The Guys have four grown sons and five precious grandchildren.

Cynthia enjoys writing and teaching ladies in classes, retreats, and seminars.  Her goal is to help women better understand God’s word and how to apply it to their lives. Dr. Guy will be the keynote speaker on Monday of lectureship for the Ladies Day event.


Dr. Steven K. Guy

Dr. Steven Guy is the minister and one of the elders of the Myrtle Beach Church of Christ in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  He has preached in congregations in California, South Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, and Mississippi.

Steven earned his Doctor of Ministry from Harding University Graduate School of Religion in Memphis.  He has taught in the Southern California School of Preaching, Heritage Christian University, Nashville School of Preaching, and Amridge University. He has conducted Men’s Leadership Training Classes, directed youth camps and Lads to Leaders programs, and presented messages on radio and TV. He has held revival meetings from coast to coast.  His books include Revival: Light the Fire (2002), and Revival: Fan the Flame (2004), Restoring a Divided Kingdom (2006), and The Revelation (2007).

He and his wife, Cynthia, have four grown sons and five grandchildren. Dr. Guy will offer a lecture on Wednesday entitled “What the Church Needs More than Anything Else: Revival!”


Keith Lancaster

Keith Lancaster is a worship minister, singer, songwriter, producer, workshop instructor and founder of Acappella Ministries. He wholeheartedly subscribes to the idea that the human voice is the greatest instrument of music ever created. He believes that "Harmonizing hearts and voices in praise to the Creator is the highest calling of mankind." In 1982, Keith began to pursue his dream to spread the Gospel through a cappella music by creating Acappella Ministries in his hometown of Paris, Tennessee. Originating with the singing group ACAPPELLA, the singing ministry has grown through the years to include other groups as AVB, Vocal Union, The Lancasters and Durant. Many of the groups Keith started have won prestigious awards, including induction into the Christian Music Hall of Fame. His songs and arrangements have been used in various feature films and television commercials.

Often referred to as “musicianaries," Keith and his wife Sharon travel the world extensively, equipping churches through "Praise & Harmony Workshops.” These training sessions are reviving vibrant, fully-participatory worship, encouraging every Christian to join in the singing. Training materials are produced to equip church members to sing contemporary songs and traditional hymns in four-part harmony. Keith developed and is one of the instructors of the one-of-a-kind annual week long Worship Leader Institute, a graduate level “bootcamp” for song leaders. This world class training complements the congregational Praise & Harmony Workshops by providing individualized coaching for leaders seeking excellence.

As the host of “Singing at Sea” vacations, Keith leads congregational singing cruises which feature stellar concerts by ACAPPELLA, Durant and other favorite artists. You will also find him leading worship for regional events, Bible lectureships and mission trips. When he isn’t traveling, Keith serves as worship minister for the Cullman Church of Christ in Cullman, Alabama. Keith and Sharon have four children and one grandchild. He will be our featured worship leader and will lead a daily “Praise Workshop” at 1:30 p.m., as well as the congregational singing at our evening keynote addresses.


Dr. Alan Martin

Dr. Martin has been married since 1979 to Linda, his high school sweetheart. Together they have three children.  He has been working with various churches to strengthen marriages and families since 1994.

Dr. Martin received degrees from Whites Ferry Rd. Church of Christ, West Monroe, Louisiana, Harding University, and Abilene Christian University (1994). He earned his Ph.D. in Family and Child Ecology at Michigan State University (2005).

He has served as a minister, church planter and Marriage and Family Therapist in churches in Cape Town, South Africa and Oklahoma and Dr. Martin currently serves as a full time Marriage and Family Minister in Houston Texas. Dr. Martin will be the Monday evening keynote speaker, on the topic of “The Holy Mountain” at 7:00 p.m.


Jim McGuiggan

Jim McGuiggan was Ethel's husband for fifty-three years before she died in 2009 at the end of a gallant life in Christ. They were born and raised in Belfast, Northern Ireland and they have three children, eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Jim has written some books. They include Celebrating the Wrath of God, Heading Home with God (Brief Reflections on the Book of Exodus), The Scarlet Letter (Hawthorne's famous novel in more contemporary speech), Jesus: Hero of Thy Soul, Life on the Ash Heap (Brief Reflections on the Book of Job), The God of the Towel (Brief Reflections on God's Life Imaged in Jesus Christ). He now lives near Nashville with their daughter.  Jim is owned by a bi-lingual Yorkie called Cassie.  He will be delivering the Keynote Address on Wednesday night at 7 p.m.  Jim will be preaching on “The Holy City, The New Jerusalem” from Revelation 21.


Garry Neal

After an absence of 40 years Garry and wife Marilyn moved back in 2012 to Marilyn’s home farm in Griffithville, Ark. The past 25 years they had worshiped and worked with the Levy church of Christ in North Little Rock. Garry served with the Levy congregation in several capacities; CRA (volunteer Chaplain) in the Arkansas Department of correction, establishing “River City Ministry,” preaching minister and as an elder. 

Garry became a Christian while attending the services of the Griffithville church with his girlfriend (Marilyn Cooper). After hearing that the church would no longer be meeting Marilyn and Garry knew they needed to go home and spend some years there reaching out to their family members and others in the farming community of which they were reared. Garry will cover the third session of “Reviving Rural Churches” on Tuesday at 3:00 p.m.


Dr. Jeff Peterson

Jeff Peterson is the Jack C. and Ruth Wright Professor of New Testament at Austin Graduate School of Theology, where he has taught since 1993; he has also taught Biblical Greek and New Testament at Abilene Christian University, the University of Texas at Austin, and the Seminary of the Southwest. He grew up in Galena Park, Texas (near Houston), and earned a B.A. and M.A. from Abilene Christian University, the degree of Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, and the Ph.D. in New Testament studies from Yale University. His publications include the popular book Things That Matter: A Guide to Christian Faith and the forthcoming book Folly to Gentiles: The Death and Resurrection of Jesus in the Faith of the First Christians. Peterson has spoken at the Pepperdine University Bible Lectures, the ACU Summit Lectureship, the Ministers’ Sermon Seminar in Austin, and numerous churches, serving frequently as an interim pulpit minister. Peterson has three children and is a member of the University Avenue Church of Christ in Austin. Dr. Peterson will tackle the topic of “Earthly and Heavenly Worship in God’s New Covenant” in three sessions on Monday at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., and 3 p.m.


Dr. Jesse Robertson

Jesse Robertson became an Associate Professor of Bible at Harding University in the fall of 2016. Prior to that he taught at Freed-Hardeman University from 2002-2016. He has served churches in Arkansas, Tennessee, and Texas, and he has also been involved with mission work in Haiti for many years. He and his wife Kayla have two adult children, Jacob and Emily, and a fifth-grader, Anna.   Dr. Robertson earned a B.A. in Bible, Freed-Hardeman University (1991); a B.S. in mechanical engineering, Tennessee Tech University (1993); a Master of Divinity, Harding Graduate School (2004); and a Ph.D. in New Testament, Baylor University (2011). Dr. Robertson will speak on Tuesday at 3:00 p.m.


David Smith

An only child, David was raised by loving, but non-Christian parents in Duncan, Oklahoma. He came to Christ just prior to his graduation from high school in 1976 and met his wife-to-be, "Wonder Woman" (aka: Debbie), on the CB radio the following year.

David & Debbie have two super, grown kids and five fantastic grandchildren.

Preaching since 1979 (full-time since 1983) in Oklahoma, Arkansas (El Dorado; 1987-1993), and Texas, David has been privileged to serve as the preaching minister with the Missouri Street Church of Christ in Baytown, TX for the past 23 years.

A graduate of Cameron University and Abilene Christian University, David loves to read, write, preach, walk, fish, bird-watch, take pictures, play disc golf, and, much to the surprise of some, has become proficient at chewing gum and walking at the same time. David will speak on Monday in three sessions on the topic of holiness.


Dr. Tommy South

Tommy South has preached for the Glen Allen Church of Christ in the suburbs of Richmond, Virginia for the past 20 years. In addition, he teaches courses in New Testament at Virginia Commonwealth University. He is a graduate of Texas Tech (B.A., English), ACU (M.A., Bible), and the University of Virginia (Ph.D., New Testament & Early Christian Studies). He was born in Washington, D.C. but raised in Texas, where he met and married the former Linda Doan. They have three adult children and three grandchildren. Tommy is the author of three recent books, Just Jesus: The Evidence of History; Uncommon Sense: The Wisdom of James for Dispossessed Believers; and Church Discipline: God's Gift for a Healthier, Holier Church.  Dr. South will be speaking at Tuesday at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., and 3 p.m. on “Healthy, Holy Churches:  Church Discipline Done Right.”


Dr. Keith Stanglin

Keith Stanglin is Associate Professor of Historical Theology and Coordinator of the M.A. program at Austin Graduate School of Theology in Austin, Texas.  He is a graduate of Oklahoma Christian University (B.A.), Harding School of Theology (M.Div.), and Calvin Theological Seminary (Ph.D.).  Before coming to Austin Grad, he taught for seven years at Harding University.  He has written or edited seven books and numerous scholarly and popular articles.  He recently co-edited Lord, Teach Us to Pray: The Lord's Prayer for Today's Church (Christian Studies Press, 2015).  Dr. Stanglin is also the editor of the Austin Grad faculty journal, Christian Studies.  He is married and has three children.  He and his family live in Austin and are members of Brentwood Oaks Church of Christ. Dr. Stanglin will speak on “The New Calvinism” in three sessions on Tuesday at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., and 3 p.m.


Dr. Darryl Tippens

Darryl Tippens is University Distinguished Scholar at Abilene Christian University, where he teaches English, researches, writes, and serves in the Provost’s office. He is Provost Emeritus of Pepperdine University, where he served from 2001 to 2014. Tippens frequently speaks and writes about Christian spirituality and the relationship between literature, film, and faith. He is the author or co-author of several books including Pilgrim Heart: The Way of Jesus in Everyday Life; Shadow & Light: Literature and the Life of Faith; and That’s Why We Sing: Reclaiming the Wonder of Congregational Singing. Dr. Tippens will speak in three sessions on Wednesday about “Habits of Holiness.”


Alan Underwood

A graduate of Harding University, Alan began full-time ministry in 1994 at the Hillsboro Street Church of Christ in El Dorado, Arkansas, where he served as a youth minister for three years.  Following that he preached for congregations in Marianna and Palestine, Arkansas.  From 2000 until 2009 he served the Hernando Church of Christ as pulpit minister, during which time he completed his Masters of Divinity at Harding School of Theology.   From 2009 until the May of 2012 he served as a Special Education teacher at Southaven Middle School, teaching reading and language arts.  Since May of 2012 Alan has served full time as the Children’s Education Minister for the Goodman Oaks Church of Christ, Southaven, MS.  With a passion for the Lord and a love for working with children, Alan’s present ministry has combined his training and experience in many fields of service.  But, most importantly, he is the husband of Lori Morris Underwood (’95), and the father of three children. Alan will speak on Tuesday at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. on “Children’s Ministry – Creative Ideas Any Church Can Use”.


Dr. Randy Willingham

Randy Willingham came to Harding University in 2000, as an associate professor, in hopes of narrowing the gap between academic learning and practical training for the church life. He received the Distinguished Teacher Award from Harding University in 2006. He later became a full professor before shifting his responsibilities to serve under the Vice President of Church Relations at Harding University. He is also executive director for the Center for Pure Heart Vision, a non-profit dedicated to helping churches mature as partners in God’s mission.

His belief that practical ministry is always a multi-disciplinary experience is reflected in his ministry classes that include both ministry and non-ministry majors. He is a ministry coach for elders, ministers, and other caregivers in the field. Dr. Willingham does church consulting in managing conflicts and developing leadership. He has certification in several ministry tools such as the Leadership Circle Profile, certification as a Natural Church Development consultant, and the Conflict Dynamics Profile. He has developed the Godly Leadership Profile as a tool to engage church leaders. 

He attended Oklahoma State University, before graduating from the Harding School of Biblical Studies, Harding University (a B.A. in Bible and minors in Greek and Physical Education), Harding Graduate School of Religion (an M. Div. emphasizing philosophy of religion and New Testament), and Abilene Christian University with a Doctorate of Ministry degree. He has post-doctoral training in training in leadership, mediation, and counseling.

Randy and Eva were married in 1982 and they have two sons and one daughter-in-law. Dr. Willingham will speak in the Pure Heart Vision track on Tuesday.


Dr. Kevin Youngblood

Kevin Youngblood is a native of Tampa, Florida. He graduated from Lipscomb University with a BA in biblical languages and a Master of Arts in Religion. From there he proceeded to Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia where he earned an M.Div and then on to Southern Baptist Theological Seminary where he graduated with a PhD in Old Testament with a specialization in Septuagint Studies. Kevin has served full time in congregations in Philadelphia, PA; Murfreesboro, TN; and Louisville, KY. He has also served as a professor at Freed-Hardeman, Ohio Valley, and now at Harding University. He and his wife Becky have been married for 22 years and are the proud parents of four children.

Kevin has published a commentary on Jonah in the Zondervan Exegetical Commentary series and will soon be publishing a second volume in the same series on Lamentations. He is also working on a commentary on the Septuagint version of Lamentations for the Society of Biblical Literature Commentary on the Septuagint due to come out next year. When he is not teaching, preaching, researching or writing, Kevin enjoys practicing and teaching kung-fu, hiking, fishing, and watching movies with his family. Dr. Youngblood will speak on “Contagious Holiness” on Monday at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., and 3 p.m.

2016 Schedule

2016 Lectureship Schedule (printer-friendly) 

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What people had to say about Lectureship 2015

The theme was by far the best I have ever been involved with. I loved the variety of topics. I took notes
as fast as I could because this stuff will preach!


Benson Auditorium was full and running over at every lecture this year.  People are coming to the
Harding Bible Lectureship because they have confidence in Harding's leadership.  I think Harding is
the best Christian university in the country. 


I like having the lectureship in the fall to allow student participation.  It allows for a vibrancy to the
event that is missing from others I have attended.


Harding sets the standard for Bible Lectureships. I get the most information in the least amount of time.


It was my first time to visit.  I saw it online... we had family that went to Harding but had never
been there. I thought it would be a positive experience- and it was! I plan on attending again.


I've been attending Harding lectureship for about 15 years. I think Harding remains biblically solid and
can be trusted to present thought-provoking lessons that aren't riddled with agendizing.


I believe that the lectureship represents a good balance of scholarship and perspectives within Churches
of Christ. It's not radical in either direction. I don't feel like the speakers are promoting any kind of agenda.


The Evening Keynote speakers were outstanding. Bruce McLarty was the best of the best. Overall I had
a marvelous experience at this year's lectureship.


Daughter started her freshmen year at Harding and I have been wanting to check it out for quite some time.
It turned into a GREAT spiritual retreat for my wife and I which I would love to repeat again in 2016.


I believe the theme and the keynotes were quite possibly the best I have heard.  Also, Dale Jenkins did
an outstanding job with his remarks during the Celebration of Ministry dinner.


Harding is special to us, and we make it part of our annual schedule to attend.  The lectureship gives us
renewed strength as we continue to minister to the church at home or wherever we go.


We both LOVE Harding and the people there.  We come back to catch us with old friends, learn under
the feet of some excellent teachers, and be around the Christian atmosphere.  I told my wife on the way
home from this year's lectureship, "Only 360 more days until next year's lectureship".  We both look forward
to it every year as it is truly a highlight of the year.  Thank you Dan and your whole team for what you do.


We started attending before our children went to Harding.  It has annual spiritual get away for us.
We love the soundness of the speakers without feeling like anyone has an agenda or a negative focus.
It is wonderful to hear good Biblical teaching and positive attitudes toward the Lord's church and young people!


Everything was organized and kept on schedule. Very well planned. Campus was easy to navigate
(first time on campus) as well as clean. The fact that the lectureship was free (even parking) is not seen
very often anymore, so that was refreshing and also helped make my personal trip to Harding possible.


Coming from a small congregation, it is wonderful to hear speakers I would otherwise have no opportunity
to listen to.  And the fellowship and worship is awesome.  Love to hear the voices of over 1500 brothers
and sisters raised in praise to God!  This was our second year to attend, and my only question is why
did we not start coming years ago?

Vendor Info

Lectureship 2016

"HOLY, HOLY, HOLY : Living in the Presence of God"

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Note: Lectureship recordings can be heard on your smartphone. Use the iTunes app and search for "Harding University Lectureship".

Past Lectures

If you would like to hear recordings from past Lectureships, use the search bar in the top right corner of your screen to search for "Harding University Lectureship". There are several years of lectures available for free download. To see a full list of recordings for each Lectureship, click "SUBSCRIBE" on the left. 

Or to order previous or current Lectureship CDs, contact Harding's AudioWorks at

Harding University
Box 10765
Searcy, AR 72149-5615


To order previous or current Lectureship DVDs of limited presentations, contact Harding's VideoWorks at

Harding University
Box 10853
Searcy, AR 72149-5615


Order Forms

2014 Lectureship CD/DVD Order Form pdf

2012 Lectureship CD Order Form pdf

2011 Lectureship CD Order Form pdf

2010 Lectureship CD Order Form pdf

2009 Lectureship Video Order Form pdf

2009 Lectureship CD Order Form pdf

2008 Lectureship Video Order Form pdf

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Mailing address:
Harding University
Box 12280
Searcy, AR 72149-5615