Posted by William Nunnelley on 2005-04-22

Samford University's Beeson Divinity School will honor the legacy of noted African American preacher E. K. Bailey with a series of programs Tuesday, April 26. Dr. Bailey was the founding and senior pastor of Concord Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas.

Dr. James Earl Massey, dean emeritus and distinguished professor at Anderson University School of Theology, will preach on "Looking at the World through the Word," a message based on Romans 15:4, at 11 a.m. in Hodges Chapel at Samford.

In a program beginning at 6 p.m. in Hodges Chapel, Beeson dean Timothy George will preach on "Why Don't Ya'll Pass the Bread?" (Galatians 2: 11-16) and Beeson professor Robert Smith, Jr., will preach on "The Underside of Grace" (2 Samuel 9: 1-13).

A reception honoring Dr. Sheila Bailey, widow of E.K. Bailey, will be held between sermons of the 6 p.m. program.
All programs are free and open to the public.

Bailey was founding and senior pastor of his Dallas church. He also founded the E.K. Bailey International Conference on Expository Preaching, now in its 10th year. Known for his work in racial reconciliation as well as the ministry, Bailey was the author of several books. His best known work was Preaching in Black and White, which he co-authored with Dr. Warren Wiersbe, internationally known Bible conference teacher and former pastor of Moody Church in Chicago.

Bailey's daughter, Cokeisha, is pursuing a master of divinity degree at Beeson. Bailey died of cancer in 2003.


Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.