Published on October 25, 2019 by Sean Flynt  
Victoria Lawson

Samford University Biblical and Religious Studies alumna Victoria Lawson will be the featured preacher Nov. 24 on “Day 1” with host Peter Wallace, the nationally broadcast ecumenical radio program also accessible online at

Lawson, an M.Div. student at Mercer University's McAfee School of Theology, will preach on “Finding Grace in Unexpected Places,” drawn from Luke 23:33-34, which includes the conversation of Jesus and the two criminals crucified with him. “Although we know that we have been forgiven and given grace so freely of our Savior, there is still a part of us that attempts to somehow reimburse him,” she says. “But that’s the thing about grace, it keeps no receipts.”

Lawson grew up in Catherine, Ala., a rural town just south of Selma. In addition to her studies, she is currently serving as a children’s ministry intern at Wieuca Road Baptist Church in Atlanta and volunteering with Young Life and its partner program, Young Lives, which caters to teen mothers. She is in the final stages of publishing a devotional book titled “Read This If You’re Discouraged.”

“Day 1” has been broadcast every week for over 74 years, formerly as “The Protestant Hour.” Featuring outstanding preachers from the mainline denominations, “Day 1” is currently distributed to more than 200 radio stations across America and overseas.

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.