Published on December 14, 2016 by Philip Poole  
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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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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.