William Hull

The Howard L. and Martha H. Holley Lectures: New Testament Voices for a Contemporary World in Honor of Dr. William E. Hull are given each fall. They are sponsored by the Department of Biblical and Religious Studies. Hull (1930-2013) was a Baptist minister and New Testament scholar. He served Samford as provost from 1987 to 1996, as university professor from 1996 to 2000, and as research professor for the remainder of his life. He also served as theologian-in-residence at Mountain Brook Baptist Church from 1991 to 2013. The Holleys were members of this church. The Holley-Hull lectures address a wide range of topics in New Testament studies and contemporary theological and social issues.

Previous Lectures

  • 2022 – Brian Rosner, Principal of Ridley College in Melbourne, Australia
  • 2021 – Jarvis Williams, Associate Professor of New Testament Interpretation, the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • 2019 – Sharon Galgay Ketcham, Professor of Theology and Christian Ministries, Gordon College
  • 2018 – Fisher Humphreys, Professor of Divinity, Emeritus, Samford University
  • 2017 – Greg Boyd, Senior Pastor, Woodland Hills Church, St. Paul, Minnesota
  • 2016 – Kenton Sparks, Professor of Biblical Studies, Eastern University
  • 2015 – Roger Olson, Professor of Theology, Truett Theological Seminary, Baylor University
  • 2014 – Joel Green, Professor of New Testament Interpretation and Dean, School of Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary
  • 2013 – Randall Balmer, John Phillips Professor and Chair, Department of Religion, Dartmouth College
  • 2012 – Stephen Evans, University Professor of Humanities and Philosophy, Baylor University
  • 2011 – Brad Braxton, Distinguished Visiting Scholar, McCormick Theological Seminary and former Pastor of the Riverside Church in New York City
  • 2010 – Gail O’Day, Dean and Professor of New Testament and Preaching, Wake Forest University Divinity School
  • 2009 – Paul Fiddes, Professor of Systematic Theology, University of Oxford
  • 2008 – Ben Witherington III, Professor of New Testament Interpretation, Asbury Theological Seminary
  • 2007 – Richard Hays, Dean and Professor of New Testament, Duke University Divinity School
  • 2006 – Amy-Jill Levine, University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of New Testament Studies Professor of Jewish Studies, Vanderbilt University
  • 2005 –William E. Hull, Research Professor and retired Provost, Samford University