NABPR Annual Meeting Held at Gardner-Webb

Event Featured Research, Panel Discussions from Professors and Graduate Students


Gardner-Webb University recently hosted approximately 70 professors and graduate students in religion for the annual meeting of the National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion (NABPR). This was the University’s second time hosting the event. Dr. Steven R. Harmon, associate professor of historical theology in the GWU School of Divinity, is NABPR vice president and president-elect.

“This year’s meeting at Gardner-Webb was the 38th annual meeting of the NABPR,” Harmon shared. “The gathering provides participants additional opportunities to present their scholarship and receive feedback on it, as well as to address pedagogical issues in religious studies and to communicate about other common concerns in our work as Baptist professors of religion.”

While most members teach or study at Baptist-affiliated schools, colleges, and seminaries, the NABPR website says they also come from a wide range of church-related and state-supported schools in the United States, Canada, and abroad.

The NABPR members enjoyed three days of compelling conversation at Gardner-Webb, including presentations by W.H. Bellinger Jr. and GWU alumnus Scott C. Ryan of Baylor University (Texas), David M. Moffitt of the University of St. Andrews (Scotland), and Amy Stumpf of California Baptist University (Riverside).

The most important parts of the conference, though, were the breakout sessions in which dozens of professors and graduate students from nearly 20 schools presented new research. Presenters included Harmon and Dr. Scott Shauf, GWU chair of the Department of Religious Studies and Philosophy. Dr. Gerald Keown and Dr. Jim McConnell from the GWU School of Divinity served as presiders for breakout sessions. Gardner-Webb divinity students, Zach Dey and Mariah Richardson, presented research in the student category.

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