AU hosts Kinlaw during 2007 Newell Lecture

Thu, 2007-09-06 10:12 -- univcomm
September 6, 2007

Anderson University will welcome Dr. Dennis Kinlaw, founder of the Francis Asbury Society and former president of Asbury College, September 17-18 for the 2007 Newell Lecture. The title of the 2007 Newell Lecture is “The Christian Understanding of Personhood.” The lectures will begin both days at 9 a.m. and will be conducted in Miller Chapel within the School of Theology.

The schedule for the 2007 Newell Lecture is the following:

9 to 9:50 am: “The Biblical Story”
10 to 10:50 am: “The History Account”
11 a.m. to 12 noon-Q & A Session

9 to 9:50 am: “How this Affects my Relationship with God”
10 to 10:50 am: “How this Affects Our Relationships with One Another”
11 a.m. to 1 noon-Q & A Session

Dr. Dennis F. Kinlaw, founder of the Francis Asbury Society and former president of Asbury College, received his A.B. degree from Asbury College in 1943 and his M.Div. degree from Asbury Theological Seminary in 1946. He did further graduate study at Princeton Theological Seminary and at New College, The University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He received the M.A. degree from Brandeis University in 1963 and the Ph.D. degree from Brandeis in 1967. His area of concentration was in Mediterranean Studies. Dr. Kinlaw was ordained in the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. Subsequently he transferred to the Kentucky Conference where he has recently received retired status.

In 1959, he served for one year as a visiting professor at Seoul Theological College, Seoul, Korea. In 1963, he joined the faculty of Asbury Theological Seminary as professor of Old Testament Languages and Literature. During his tenure at the Seminary, Dr. Kinlaw also taught Old Testament History and Theology as well as Hebrew and other languages related to the Old and New Testaments.

Dr. Kinlaw left the Seminary in 1968 to serve as president of Asbury College, a post he held until 1981. In 1981 he resigned from the presidency of Asbury College in order to pursue active preaching, writing and other ministry. He again served as professor of Biblical Theology at Asbury Theological Seminary in 1982-83. On July 1, 1986, Dr. Kinlaw returned to the presidency of Asbury College until April of 1991; he then was elevated to the role of Chancellor, where he served for one year. He is the recipient of the honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Houghton College and Doctor of Humane Letters from Asbury College.

Dr. Kinlaw has contributed to a number of publications. These include commentaries on Ecclesiastes and the Song of Songs in the Wesleyan Bible Commentary, and Leviticus in the Beacon Bible Commentary. He has written articles for a number of magazines, journals and anthologies. These include devotional, Biblical, theological, literary and educational materials. He is the author of several books, including This Day With the Master, Let's Start with Jesus, Preaching in the Spirit and The Mind of Christ. Currently, Dr. Kinlaw serves on a number of Boards of Directors. He is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of OMS International, Inc. In addition, he serves as a member of the Board of Christianity Today (emeritus) and Wesley Biblical Seminary. He founded the Francis Asbury Society located in Wilmore, Kentucky.

Dr. and Mrs. Arlo and Helen Newell created the Newell Lectureship in 1981 for the purpose of bringing a significant specialist in the field of biblical studies to Anderson University and the School of Theology on an annual basis. This lectureship is coordinated by the Center for Christian Leadership, with recommendation of speakers coming from the Bible faculty of the School of Theology. For more information on the 2007 Newell Lectureship contact David Neidert at 765-641-4526. Information about the lecture can also be reviewed at

Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2008, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the fourth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.