Louisiana Pastor, Former Professor to Give Hobbs Lecture

March 16, 2001

Oklahoma Baptist University former faculty member, Dr. Rick Byargeon, will discuss Biblical illiteracy during the 2001 Herschel H. and Frances J. Hobbs Lectureship in Baptist Faith and Heritage at the university's 10 a.m. chapel service, Wednesday, March 21 in Raley Chapel.

Byargeon, pastor of Temple Baptist Church in Ruston, La., was assistant professor of religion at OBU from 1988-1993. While at OBU, he received the Promising Teacher award.

He was J. Wash Watts Chair of Old Testament and Hebrew at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary from 1993-1999.

Byargeon also has served as pastor of churches in Texas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma

With degrees from Louisiana College and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, his areas of study include Old Testament wisdom literature, Old Testament theology, and hermeneutics and expository preaching on Ecclesiastes, Proverbs, and Job.

Byargeon is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society, the Institute for Biblical Research and the Society of Biblical Literature.

He has written articles for Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible, Biblical Illustrator, Journal for the Evangelical Theological Society, Theological Educator and Criswell Theological Review.

Byargeon is the 42nd Hobbs Lecturer. The lectureship is OBU's first endowed lectureship established in 1980 by friends of Dr. and Mrs. Hobbs in honor of the couple's outstanding Christian service.

He and his wife, Jonann, have one son, John William.