Published on June 5, 2019 by Sarah Cain  
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Birmingham will welcome more than 9,000 Southern Baptists June 10–12 at the annual Southern Baptist Convention. The event, hosted at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex, gathers leaders and active members to share ideas, learn about ministry groups, hear from new entity leaders and vote on resolutions and new officers of the 15-million-member denomination.  

Samford will host booth 415 at the convention where attendees can visit different tables to learn more from Beeson Divinity School, Samford’s Office of Admission and other departments and programs including Biblical and Religious Studies, Christian Ministry, Worship and the Arts, Congregational Resources, Preministerial Scholars and the Ministry Training Institute

In addition to informational tables, Samford will also livestream conversations with key leaders throughout the three-day event. The conversations will cover theological education, Christian missions, and evangelicalism.

Alumni and friends are invited to join Samford for a reception on June 12 at 2 p.m. To learn more or register for the reception, visit the event page.

Livestream Interview Schedule: 

Monday, June 10

1 p.m.

Dr. Adam Greenway, President of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Dr. Scott Guffin, Executive Director of Christian Ministry, Samford University
Dr. Kevin Blackwell, Assistant to the President for Church Relations, Samford University 

4 p.m.

Dr. Ronnie Floyd, President of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee
Dr. Andrew Westmoreland, President of Samford University

5:30 p.m.

Dr. Galen Jones, Assistant Professor of Christian Ministry
Dr. J.D. Payne, Associate Professor of Christian Ministry
Dr. Scott Guffin, Executive Director of Christian Ministry
Dr. Kevin Blackwell, Director, Ministry Training Institute

Tuesday, June 11

9 a.m.

Dr. David Parks, Director, Beeson Divinity Global Center
Dr. J.D. Payne, Missiologist and Associate Professor of Christian Ministry 

1:30 p.m.

Dr. Timothy George, Founding Dean of Beeson Divinity School
Dr. Doug Sweeney, Dean Elect of Beeson Divinity School
Mr. Collin Hansen, Editorial Director, The Gospel Coalition

2:45 p.m.

Dr. Robert Smith, Professor of Christian Preaching, Beeson Divinity School
Dr. Mike Pasquarello, Director of the Preaching Institute
Dr. Grant Taylor, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Beeson Divinity School

Wednesday, June 12

9 a.m.

Dr. Grant Taylor, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Mr. Collin Hansen, Editorial Director, The Gospel Coalition
Dr. Tom Fuller, Director, Ministry Studies at Beeson Divinity School

11 a.m.

Dr. Tim Hall, Dean of Howard College of Arts and Sciences
Dr. Roy Ciampa, Chair, Department of Biblical and Religious Studies
Dr. Will Kynes, Associate Professor of Biblical Studies

Tune in to the livestream 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. 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.