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Fentress to Deliver Hobbs Lecture Oct. 31

October 29, 2012

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.

Fentress has served as the senior pastor of Montrose Baptist Church since 2007. He formerly served as dean of intercultural programs and associate professor of Hebrew and Old Testament interpretation at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky. He has served in several pastoral and teaching positions. In addition to preaching, Fentress writes the "Rediscovering the Gospel" blog.

He attended Howard University in Washington, D. C. He earned a bachelor's degree in biblical studies from The Criswell College in Dallas, Texas; a master of divinity degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; and a master's degree and doctorate in near Eastern studies from The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md.

Fentress is married to Linda Fentress, and they have three children.

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. Friends of the late Dr. Hobbs, who was longtime pastor of First Baptist Church, Oklahoma City, and the late Mrs. Hobbs created the endowed fund in honor of the couple's years of outstanding Christian service. 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.