02/07/05 - United Methodist Bishop, Author and Theologian
William Willimon to Give 2nd Wesley Lecture Series Address at Reinhardt
Internationally acclaimed theologian, preacher and author
the Rev. Dr. William H. Willimon will deliver, "Small Things Happen to
Some, Big Things Happen to Others, What Makes the Difference?" on Feb.
24, 2005, at 2 p.m. in the Floyd A. and Fay W. Falany Performing Arts
Center at Reinhardt College. The public is invited to join Reinhardt
students, faculty and staff for the second annual Wesley Lecture.
College Chaplain Leigh Sparks Martin said the committee organizing the
event seeks to involve the College community, as well as the community
"The Wesley Lecture Series Committee and
the Reinhardt College community are excited to welcome someone of Bishop
Willimon's stature and renown to our campus," Martin said. "Through his
roles as author, theologian, professor and pastor, he has encouraged
and challenged preachers, renewed worship, and inspired young adults in
their Christian faith. Prior to his consecration as bishop this past
summer, he served 20+ years at Duke Divinity School, thus he understands
the college campus as a community and a teaching resource. I
look forward to hearing his insights on how small colleges can set the
norms in the complex world of higher education."
is a dynamic presenter with interesting theological viewpoints to
share. "He truly has something to say to us, to both the College and to
the church community, as well," said Reinhardt President Dr. J. Thomas
Isherwood. "When I first envisioned this type lecture series, Willimon
fulfills all the requirements I had in my mind: he is thought-provoking,
inspirational, charismatic, and can speak from the heart about what it
means to combine faith and higher education in a way that is much needed
in today's world."
Described as one of the nation's
top United Methodist theologians, Willimon was named one of the "Twelve
Most Effective Preachers" in the English-speaking world in an
international survey conducted by Baylor University. After 20 years of
service as dean of the Duke University Chapel and professor of Christian
ministry at Duke, he was elected bishop of the North Alabama Conference
of the United Methodist Church in July of 2004.
well-regarded speaker, Willimon has given lectures and taught courses at
pastors' schools, colleges and universities in the U.S., Canada, Europe
and Asia. He has written more than 50 books, including Worship is Pastoral Care,
which was selected in 1979 as one of the ten most useful books for
pastors by the Academy of Parish Clergy. More than a million copies of
his books have been sold. In addition, his articles have appeared in
many publications, including The Christian Ministry, Quarterly Review, Liturgy, Worship and Christianity Today. He is editor-at-large for The Christian Century. He serves on the editorial boards of The Christian Century, The Christian Ministry, Pulpit Digest, Preaching, The Wittenburg Door, and Leadership. He has also served as editor and expositor, with his wife, Patricia, for Abingdonï¿½s International Lesson Annual. His Pulpit Resource
is used weekly by more than 8000 pastors in the U.S., Canada and
Australia. He has also written curriculum materials and video for youth,
young adults and adults.
Willimon earned his bachelor's
degree from Wofford College and a master of divinity degree from Yale
Divinity School. He also holds a doctorate in sacred theology from
Emory's Candler School of Theology and has received numerous honorary
He was named to the Board of Trustees at Emory
University in November of 2004, and he has served as vice chairman of
the Board of Trustees, Wofford College; chairperson of the University
Council Committee for the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale and on the
Board of Overseers for Memorial Church, Harvard University, and the
Board of Christ School in Arden, NC. In 1992, he was named as the first
Distinguished Alumnus of Yale Divinity School.
For more information, please contact Chaplain Martin at 770-720-5634.