Reverend Anthony L. Scott, pastor of First Baptist Church North Tulsa, will deliver Oklahoma Baptist University’s Gaskin Lecture Monday, Sept. 27, at 10 a.m. in Raley Chapel’s Potter Auditorium. Scott’s lecture will be on, “The Church’s Response to the Tulsa Race Massacre,” reflecting back upon the event 100 years later.
Following the lecture, the University will provide a free luncheon and discussion time for pastors. There is no cost for pastors to attend the luncheon. If interested, please RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The luncheon will be hosted by the Black Student Association.
Friends of Dr. J.M. Gaskin and advocates for the preservation of Baptist history and heritage in the state of Oklahoma established the J.M. Gaskin Lectureship. Gaskin and his 15 books about Oklahoma Baptists provided the major drive for Oklahoma Baptist research and publication over the last four decades.
Gaskin served as the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma’s first historical director. He was a founder and the first historical secretary of the Oklahoma Baptist Historical Commission in 1952, the founding president of the Oklahoma Baptist Historical Society in 1956 and was the editor of the Oklahoma Baptist Chronicle from 1958 to 1998.
In honor of Gaskin’s passion and accomplishments, the intended purpose of the lectureship is to provide and sustain a series of lectures that will preserve and promote the study of Oklahoma Baptist history and heritage.
Scott has served in pastoral ministry for 28 years, the last 13 of those years in his current position as the lead pastor of FBC North Tulsa. He has previously spoken on the OBU campus, including during the 2019 OBU Pastors School as well as during chapel service in 2018. He graduated from Thomas A. Edison High School in Tulsa, before earning a Bachelor of Business Administration from Langston University. He then earned both a Master of Theology and a Master of Ministry from Andersonville Theological Seminary.He is the vice president of the western region of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc., and the president of the Oklahoma Baptist State Convention. He served briefly as an adjunct professor at Bacone College and has served as a guest lecturer at OBU, Tulsa Community College and other academic institutions. Fulfilling his passion to write, he contributes regularly to the Oklahoma Eagle and periodically to the Tulsa World and The Baptist Messenger.