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OBU Hosts Pastors and Ministry Leaders for Annual Winter Bible Study Clinic Nov. 9

November 9, 2018

OBU hosted its annual Winter Bible Study Clinic Friday, Nov. 9. The event took place in Stavros Hall on OBU’s campus in Shawnee. The study covered Revelation 1-3 and featured speakers from OBU’s Hobbs College of Theology and Ministry. Thirty-five pastors and church leaders attended the event.

The annual Winter Bible Study Clinic is designed to encourage and instruct pastors and ministry leaders as they follow their calling. The topic for this year’s clinic was, “Revelation 1-3: The Letters to The Seven Churches”

Hobbs College faculty members led the sessions, including Dr. Alan Bandy, Dr. Matthew Emerson and Dr. Heath Thomas.

Bandy joined the Hobbs College faculty in 2009. He is the Rowena R. Strickland Professor in New Testament and assistant professor of New Testament. Before arriving at OBU, Bandy served as assistant director of Ph.D. studies for Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Prior to that he was an assistant professor of Christian Studies at Louisiana College. His areas of expertise include the New Testament and Greek with a specialization in The Apocalypse of John. He completed a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in May 2007.

Emerson joined the Hobbs College faculty in 2015. He is the Dickinson Chair of Religion, Master of Arts director and associate professor of religion. He previously taught at California Baptist University, where he served as chair of the Arts and Sciences Department in the OPS Division. Emerson has authored or co-authored more than 20 publications. His research interests include the Old Testament’s use in the New Testament, early Christian interpretation and theological method. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Auburn University and an M.Div. and Ph.D. from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Thomas joined Hobbs College faculty in 2015. He is the Dean of Hobbs College, associate vice president of church relations and a professor of Old Testament. Prior to arriving at OBU, he served as director of Ph.D. studies and associate professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Thomas sustains recurring interest on the biblical books of Lamentations and the Minor Prophets, and he has published a number of works related to these. He earned a bachelor’s degree at OBU, an M.A. in theology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in Old Testament from the University of Gloucestershire (United Kingdom).


OBU likewise hosts an annual Pastors School each summer, designed to further equip pastors and ministry leaders in the teaching and leading of their congregations and ministries.

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