Posted by Betsy Childs on 2015-01-12

By Cassady Weldon

Samford University’s Lay Academy of Theology, coordinated by Beeson Divinity School, will offer four courses during the spring semester.

The Lay Academy of Theology offers non-credit evening classes and other study opportunities led by Beeson faculty for interested laity as well as ministers desiring continuing education.

Beeson Divinity School Dean Timothy George attributes the success of the program to the faculty members who teach these courses.

"Students attend our Lay Academy of Theology because of the reputation of our faculty.  Last year 267 students participated in these classes,” said George. “Beeson has made great friends and supporters through this Academy, and we are delighted by the opportunity to open our doors to lifelong Christian learners.”

Courses are offered in two formats. Weekday courses meet Monday through Friday for one-week sessions. Evening courses meet once a week for six weeks.  Spring classes will not meet the week of March 16.

Spring 2015 Evening Courses:

The Revelation of Jesus Christ in the Book of Psalms

Taught by Allen Ross, professor of divinity

Schedule: Six Monday nights from 6

8 p.m., beginning Feb. 23.

Theology of Women in the Gospels

Taught by Sydney Park, associate professor of divinity

Schedule: Six Tuesday nights from 6

8 p.m., beginning Feb. 24.

Letters to Difficult Churches

Taught by Frank Thielman, PresbyterianProfessor of Divinity

 Schedule: Six Thursday nights from 6

8 p.m., beginning Feb. 26. 

Spring 2015 Weekday Course:

God Has Spoken: An Introduction to the History of Christian Theology

Taught by Gerald Bray, research professor of divinity

Schedule: Jan. 26

30, 1:30

3:30 p.m.
Register at or by calling 205.726.2731.

Cassady Weldon is a journalism and mass communication major and news and feature writer in the Office of Marketing and Communication.


About Samford UniversitySamford is a premier nationally ranked Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts and a distinct blend of 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 3rd nationally for student engagement and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance ranks Samford 34th among private universities in the U.S. for value and affordability. Samford enrolls 5,692 students from 46 states and 28 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.