Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2009-04-23

LifeWay Research president Ed Stetzer has been honored as 2009 Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) alumnus of the year by Samford University's Beeson Divinity School.

Stetzer, who is also missiologist for LifeWay Christian Resources, received a D.Min. degree from Beeson in 1998.

Stetzer has planted churches in New York, Pennsylvania and Georgia, transitioned declining churches in Indiana and Georgia, and trained pastors and church planters on five continents.

He is the author or co-author of eight books on missions and church planting, including Comeback Churches and 11 Innovations in the Local Church. 

Stetzer was presented the Beeson award during the divinity school's April 14 chapel service. While on campus, he spoke to three ministry leadership development classes.

Beeson, founded in 1988, offers Master of Divinity and Master of Theological Studies degree programs in addition to the D.Min. degree.

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About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.