Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2009-07-10

Samford University's Beeson Divinity School will host its 22nd annual Pastors School July 20-24. Almost 200 registrants from 24 states and several foreign nations are enrolled for the series of lectures, workshops and worship services on the theme "Reality: It's Coming, So What's a Pastor To Do?"

Douglas K. Stuart, professor of Old Testament at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, South Hamilton, Mass., will be the daily Bible teacher.

Carolyn James, founder and president of Synergy Women's Network, Inc., will be the keynote speaker for women's programs.

Featured preachers are Birmingham pastor Bryan Gunn, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary provost Frank A. James III, Beeson divinity professor Robert Smith, Jr., and United Methodist Church North Alabama Conference bishop William H. Willimon.

Workshops on dozens of topics will follow basic themes of Bible and Theology, Christian Living and Spirituality, Ministry and Leadership, and Preaching and Worship.

A pre-conference session, "Exegeting Text and Culture," will be led by Dr. Smith and Beeson external relations director Tal Prince on Monday, July 20.

Registration for Pastors School is still open. For cost, schedule and registration information, call (205) 726-2731 or visit the website at

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.