Brand to Present Hobbs Lecture March 9

Scholar, apologist and pastor Dr. Chad O. Brand will present the 2011 spring Hobbs Lecture Wednesday, March 9, at 10 a.m. in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium. The public is invited to attend the lecture on the topic "Good Infection," based on a chapter in "Mere Christianity" by C.S. Lewis.

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. The lecture will continue OBU's annual chapel theme, "Unadorned: A Return to the Simplicity of the Gospel."

Brand serves as professor of Christian theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky. He also serves as associate dean of biblical and theological studies at Boyce College, the seminary's undergraduate school.

He earned a bachelor's degree at Rockmont College; a master's degree and his doctorate at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; and he has completed graduate studies at the University of Texas at Arlington and Texas Christian University.

Before his time at Southern, Brand taught at North Greenville College. He has taught more than 25 types of courses and seminars and has delivered more than 30 papers to groups such as the Evangelical Theological Society, the American Academy of Religion, The Society for Pentecostal Studies, Evangelical Ministries to New Religions, and The Baptist Center for Theology and Ministry at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, where he is also a fellow.

Brand is the author of many articles and reviews in publications such as "Trinity Journal," "Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society," and "Journal of Biblical Manhood and Womanhood." He serves as book review editor for "The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology."

He has published essays on contemporary religion and Baptist studies in several volumes, and he is co-editor and author of the "Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary." He is editor and author of "Five Views of Church Governance," "Perspectives on Spirit Baptism," and "Perspectives on Election," and co-author of "One Sacred Effort: The Cooperative Program of Southern Baptists." He is also co-editor and co-author of "The Apologetics Study Bible."

He has served as pastor of two churches in Texas, and he serves as pastor of the Northside Baptist Church in Elizabethtown, Ky. He is married to Tina, and they have three children and six grandchildren.

Brand maintains a blog titled "Brandishings" which explores the world of theology, church and culture.

The Herschel H. and Frances J. Hobbs Lectureship in Baptist Faith and Heritage is OBU's first endowed scholarship. Friends of the late Dr. Hobbs, who was pastor of First Baptist Church of Oklahoma City, and of the late Mrs. Hobbs, created the endowed fund in honor of the couple's years of outstanding Christian service.