Oklahoma Baptist University

On-Campus Lectures

OBU offers a variety of public lectures throughout the academic school year. Each lecture is designed to intellectually and academically challenge attendees while promoting awareness of past and current events and issues.

Upcoming Public Lectures

There are no upcoming lectures.


Past Public Lectures

Jeremie Kubicek - Minter Lecture

Based on his experience of serving leaders and growing companies for 18 years both domestically and internationally, OBU alum Jeremie Kubicek, president and CEO of GiANT Impact and co-founder of GiANT, presented the 2012 Minter Lectureship in business, leadership and Christian ministry on Monday, March 12.


Dr. Phil Roberts - Hobbs Lecture Series

Dr. Phil Roberts, president of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, presented the 2011 fall Hobbs Lecture Wednesday, Nov. 2, at 10 a.m. in Raley Chapel’s Potter Auditorium.

The Hobbs Lecture is one of four OBU lectureships designed to help students grow in their knowledge of Baptist theology, Baptist history and studies of the Bible.


Dr. James Leo Garrett Jr. - J.M. Gaskin Lecture in Baptist History and Heritage

Dr. James Leo Garrett Jr., distinguished professor emeritus of theology at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, presented the Gaskin Lecture at OBU Monday, Oct. 3, speaking on the thought and work of Dr. Herschel H. Hobbs.

Garrett’s first lecture was titled “Herschel Harold Hobbs: Pastoral and Denominational Expositor-Theologian.” Garrett’s second lecture was titled “From Denominational Statesman/Spokesman to Rejected Leader; From Neglected Author/Leader to Recovered Author/Leader?”


Ray Sanders - Minter Lecture

Students at OBU gained insight shared with more than 500,000 leaders annually as Ray Sanders, founder and CEO of GiANT Experiences, delivered the 2011 Minter Lectureship in American Business Practice.


Dr. Chad Brand - Hobbs Lecture Series

A scholar, apologist and pastor, Brand presented the lecture Wednesday, March 9, at 10 a.m. Titled "Trinitarian Monotheism, Economics and the American Revolution," the lecture was based on the essay "Good Infection" by C.S. Lewis.

The Herschel H. and Frances J. Hobbs Lectureship in Baptist Faith and Heritage was OBU's first endowed lectureship beginning in the fall of 1980. The Hobbs Lectureship program annually sponsors a lecture at OBU and highlights speakers that share phases of Baptist faith and heritage with the OBU community.


Dr. Paul L. Gritz - J.M. Gaskin Lecture in Baptist History and Heritage

OBU alum Dr. Paul L. Gritz, professor of church history at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, presented the 19th annual J.M. Gaskin Lecture in Baptist History and Heritage on Monday, Oct. 4, at 10 a.m.

The topic of the lecture was “OBU” One Baptist University for Oklahoma.” Gritz also presented a lecture titled “OBU: A Heritage Center for All Baptists in Oklahoma.”


Martin Marty - Hobbs Lecture Series

Dr. Martin Marty, professor emeritus of religious history from the University of Chicago, addressed the OBU community on Wednesday, April 14, at 10 a.m. in Potter Auditorium.

The Herschel H. and Frances J. Hobbs Lectureship in Baptist Faith and Heritage was OBU's first endowed lectureship beginning in the fall of 1980. The Hobbs Lectureship program annually sponsors a lecture at OBU and highlights speakers that share phases of Baptist faith and heritage with the OBU community.


Jessica Jackley - Minter Lecture

Kiva co-founder Jessica Jackley spoke on "Harnessing the Power of Perspective" at the 2010 Minter Lecture Monday, March 1, at 10 a.m. in OBU's Geiger Center. For more information on Jackley's visit to OBU, click here.

The Minter Lectureship, underwritten by 1940 OBU graduate Lloyd G. Minter of Bartlesville, Okla., is designed to provide orientation and training for students in the history and nature of the American economic system and to help students understand and appreciate the professional community. It also promotes proper management of personal finances.


Karen Swenson: Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation

Karen Swenson, an American poet, visited campus February 9-13, 2009 presenting "Tibet: The Sacred Mountain," as well as separate poetry readings and meetings with faculty and students.


Don Kammerdiener - Keepers of the Flame & Those Who Carried the Torch

Dr. Don Kammerdiener, a longtime Baptist global missions leader, delivered the annual J.M Gaskin Lectureship March 23, 2009 presenting "Keepers of the Faith" and "Those Who Carried the Torch".

The Gaskin Lectureship aims to provide and sustain a series of lectures which will preserve and promote the study of Oklahoma Baptist history and heritage. The lectureship is designed to honor and recognize the significant contributions of Dr. J.M. Gaskin.


D.H. Williams - Faith and Learning Symposium 2009

Dr. D.H. Williams, professor of religion in patristics and historical theology at Baylor University, was the guest speaker during OBU's 2009 Faith and Learning Symposium, “Transforming Virtues”. Dr. Williams spoke on "Not Knowing God in Order to See God."

The symposium, March 2-6, 2009, highlighted the nature of virtue in general and the virtues necessary for living as educated Christian believers and professionals in the 21st century.


Warren McWilliams - Hobbs Lecture Series

Dr. Warren McWilliams, Auguie Henry Professor of Bible, delivered the annual Hobbs Lecture Oct. 29, 2008 examining "The Problem of Pain."

The Herschel H. and Frances J. Hobbs Lectureship in Baptist Faith and Heritage was OBU's first endowed lectureship beginning in the fall of 1980. The Hobbs Lectureship program annually sponsors a lecture at OBU and highlights speakers that share phases of Baptist faith and heritage with the OBU community.


Jay Woods - Faith and Learning Symposium 2008

Dr. Jay Woods, professor of philosophy at Wheaton College, was the guest speaker during OBU's Faith and Learning Symposium, “Transforming Virtues”.

The symposium, April 21-25, 2008, highlighted the nature of virtue in general and the virtues necessary for living as educated Christian believers and professionals in the 21st century.


Hobby Lobby Executive Shares Story of Legacy Ministry

Steve Green, president of Hobby Lobby, spoke to OBU students on Nov. 3, 2008 at the invitation of OBU's Students In Free Enterprise group, sharing how the success of the company yields opportunities for eternal significance.

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