Published on December 14, 2016 by Philip Poole  
Roll Book

The discovery of a “roll book” brought a piece of Samford University history to life, connecting families and ministry training through the decades.

The Alabama Baptist, the statewide publication of the Alabama Baptist Convention, recalls the story of the early days of the “Baptist Seminar,” which became the Samford Extension Department and is now the Ministry Training Institute. Connecting it all are the Guffins, a multigeneration Samford family.

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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. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 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 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.