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Each year, Tennessee Wesleyan holds a Spring Lecture Series and a Fall Lecture Series. These events feature speakers from around the country, discussing a wide range of spiritual and religious topics. The events are open to students, faculty, staff and the community. The 2016 Spring Lecture Series will be held Monday, February 29-Tuesday, March 1, 2016. The featured speaker will be Dr. Russell E. Richey, a research fellow of the Center for Studies in the Wesleyan Tradition, Dean Emeritus of the Candler School of Theology, and the William R. Cannon Distinguished Professor of Church History Emeritus at Emory University. 

Previous Speakers

Dr. Priscilla Pope-Levison, Professor of Theology and Assistant Director of Women's Studies at Seattle Pacific University. Topic - "Turn the Pulpit Loose: Two Centuries of American Women Evangelists"

Dr. Amy Oden, Professor of Early Church History and Spirituality at Saint Paul School of Theology at Oklahoma City University (OCU).  Topic – “Many Ways of Being Christian"

Dr. J. Steven O’Malley, John T. Seamands Professor of Methodist Holiness History at Asbury Theological Seminary. Topic – “Methodism and World Christian Revitalization: Past, Present, and Future”

Rev. Jim Harnish, Senior Pastor, Hyde Park UMC, Tampa, Fla.

Dr. David Lowes Watson, Director of the Office of Pastoral Formation for the Nashville Episcopal Area of The United Methodist Church, and author of Covenant Discipleship

Dr. James “Mickey” Efird, Professor of Greek and Biblical Studies, Duke Divinity School

Dr. Ellen Ott Marshall, Associate Professor of Christian Ethics and Conflict Transformation, Candler School of Theology

Dr. Sam Wells, Dean of the Chapel and research professor of Christian ethics at Duke Divinity School

Dr. Carlton R. Young, Professor of Church Music, Candler School of Theology, and editor of the United Methodist Hymnal (1989)

Shane Claiborne, Christian activist, leading figure in the New Monasticism movement,  one of the founding members of The Simple Way in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and author of  Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical

Dr. Jan Love, Dean and Professor of Christianity and World Politics, Candler School of Theology

Dr. Steve Harper, Emeritus Professor of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies at the Florida-Dunnam campus of Asbury Theological Seminary in Orlando, Fla

Dr. Kenda Creasy Dean, United Methodist pastor in the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference and the Professor of Youth, Church and Culture at Princeton Theological Seminary