The Harry and Henrietta Harp Professor in Residence is an appointed faculty position created through an endowment by the Harp and York families to honor the lives of their parents, the Rev. Harry and Mrs. Henrietta Harp.
During his ministry in the Church of God (Anderson, Indiana.) from 1927 to 1955, the Rev. Harp served congregations in Michigan, Kentucky, Wisconsin, and Georgia. He served with the Executive Council of the Church of God, the World Service Commission of the Church of God, and the Southern Minister's Convention for many years. Mrs. Harp, also active in the Church of God, served in both regional and national roles with the Women of the Church of God.
The Harp Lecture Series in Christian Theology and Leadership served as the foundation for the current professor in residence program at Anderson University School of Theology. This endowed program annually brought nationally known Christian scholars to the seminary. The endowment and lecture series were established in 2000.
Previous speakers for the Harp Lecture Series include:
- Dr. Gilbert Bilzekian, professor emeritus, Wheaton College (2002) "Rediscovering Christian Community"
- Dr. Cheryl Sanders, professor of ethics, Howard Divinity School (2003) "Holiness and Health: A 21st Century Perspective"
- Dr. Marguerite Schuster, professor of preaching, Fuller Theological Seminary (2004) "The Doctrine of Humankind"
- Dr. Richard Allen Farmer, international music and worship leader (2005) "Leadership in Worship Renewal"
- Dr. Ronald Sider, professor at Palmer Theological Seminary and president of Evangelicals for Social Action (2007) "Living Biblically in a Contemporary Culture"
The Harp and York families intended from the beginning of this endowment for the lectures to become a seminary professor in residence program. This intention was fulfilled in 2008 with the inaugural Harry and Henrietta Harp Professor in Residence.
The purpose of the Harry and Henrietta Harp Professor in Residence is to identify and appoint a faculty member with expertise in a field deemed critical to the educational life and instructional programming of the Anderson University School of Theology. The responsibility for identification, selection, and appointment rests with the dean of the AU School of Theology.