Published on February 22, 2021 by Kristen Padilla  
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Jared Alcántara of Baylor University’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary will deliver Beeson Divinity School’s annual William E. Conger Lectures for Biblical Preaching, Feb. 23-25.

Alcántara is associate professor of preaching and holder of the Paul W. Powell Endowed Chair in Preaching at Baylor’s Truett, and is the author of several textbooks in homiletics, including The Practices of Christian Preaching and Crossover Preaching: Improvisational-Intercultural Homiletics in Conversation with Gardner C. Taylor. His research interests include: preaching in the Global South, cultural and intercultural engagement, and the role of race and ethnicity in preaching, especially in the Latino/a and African American contexts.

The lectures will be livestreamed. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, guests are not allowed on Samford's campus at this time but are encouraged to particpate virtually.

The schedule for the Conger Lectures is as follows:

Tuesday, Feb. 23

11 a.m.-Noon
Lecture: "Preaching God in the Wild"
Beeson Divinity School, Hodges Chapel

Wednesday, Feb. 24

11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Lecture: "The God Who Sees and Calls Us in the Wild"
Beeson Divinity School, N-10

Thursday, Feb. 25

11 a.m.–12 p.m.
Lecture: "The God Who Saves and Sends Us in the Wild"
Beeson Divinity School, N-101

The William E. Conger Lectures on Biblical Preaching are made possible through the generosity of the late Colonel William E. Conger Jr. After a distinguished military career, Colonel Conger served for many years as a close personal advisor to Ralph Waldo Beeson, the founding benefactor of Beeson Divinity School. Conger long shared Beeson's deep commitment to the pastoral ministry of preaching. Beeson wanted Samford’s divinity school to be a place that trains “pastors who can preach.” In 1991, that commitment was expressed through the endowment of a lectureship to recapture the vision of preaching ministry, furthering the cause of Christ in today's world.

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.