Published on October 8, 2019 by William Nunnelley  
Sharon Galgay Ketcham
Sharon Galgay Ketcham

Sharon Galgay Ketcham, professor of theology and Christian ministries at Gordon College in Massachusetts, will deliver the 2019 Holley-Hull Lectures at Samford University Nov. 6-7. The series, hosted by Samford’s Department of Biblical and Religious Studies and the Center for Congregational Resources,  honors former Samford Provost William E. Hull and is free and open to the public.

Ketcham earned her Ph.D. in theology and education from Boston College. Her areas of expertise include ecclesiology, student ministry and spiritual formation. She has lectured at institutions ranging from Yale Divinity School to Denver Seminary. Her two decades of experience in ministry include serving the local church, research, writing, teaching and mentoring.

Ketcham is best known for her book Reciprocal Church: Becoming a Community Where Faith Flourishes Beyond High School, published by InterVarsity Press in 2018.

The Holley-Hull series offers three public lectures. The first, entitled “Become a Community Where Faith Flourishes,” will be at Brookwood Baptist Church at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6. The other two lectures will be at Samford Thursday, Nov. 7. Ketcham will speak on “Mind Your Manners: Be the Host and Guest” at 10 a.m. in Reid Chapel. She will speak on “Reciprocal Motion: A Theological Exploration of Mutuality” at 3 p.m. in Brock Forum. 

 
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. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 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 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.