Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2008-07-14

Samford University's Beeson Divinity School will host its 21st annual Pastors School July 21-25. About 300 pastors and their families from 25 states, Canada and Kenya have pre-registered for the conference.

Daily workshops will focus on Bible and theology, Christian living and spirituality, ministry and leadership, and preaching and worship.

Walter Kaiser, Old Testament professor and president emeritus of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, South Hamilton, Mass., will be the daily Bible teacher.

Singer/songwriter Lenny LeBlanc, winner of a 2003 Dove Award for his "Above All," will be worship leader each evening. Preachers will be Atlanta's Peachtree Presbyterian Church senior pastor Vic Pentz on Monday, Beeson's Billy Graham Professor of Evangelism Lyle W. Dorsett on Tuesday, Billy Graham Training Center assistant director and evangelist William F. Graham on Wednesday, and Glad Tidings Church founder and Church of God in Christ, Inc., northern California prelate J. W. Macklin on Thursday.

Vickie Gaston, coordinator of Advent Prayer ministry in Birmingham, will lead a women's track focusing on Christian living and spirituality through humility in serving.

Special activities are planned for children and youth.

A pre-conference seminar, "Doctrine that Dances: Bringing Doctrinal Preaching and Teaching to Life," will be led by Beeson professor of Christian preaching Robert Smith, Jr., on July 21.

Registration for Pastors School is still open. For information, call (205) 726-2731 or check the website at

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.