The following is a press release from CBF-partner congregation Crescent Hill Baptist Church announcing an upcoming conference to honor the life and work of Baptist scholar Dr. Glenn Hinson, a beloved professor who served at two CBF partner schools, Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond and Baptist Seminary of Kentucky. Learn more below:
By Patrick Cole
Crescent Hill Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky, is hosting a conference titled “For the Love of God: Honoring the Life and Work of E. Glen Hinson” March 29-31.
Hinson is a retired seminary professor whose career spanned more than a half century. The conference will pay tribute to Hinson and focus on his areas of scholarly interest: church history, spirituality, and New Testament studies. The event, which is being co-sponsored by the Baptist Seminary of Kentucky and Campbellsville University, is part of Crescent Hill’s William M. Johnson Lecture series.
Conference speakers include Loyd Allen, professor of church history and spiritual formation at Mercer University’s McAfee School of Theology; Raymond Bailey, pastor emeritus of Seventh & James Baptist Church in Waco, Texas, and former preaching professor at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; Alan Culpepper, dean and New Testament professor emeritus at McAfee School of Theology; Bill Leonard, Dunn professor of Baptist studies and church history emeritus at Wake Forest University’s School of Divinity; and Phyllis Rodgerson Pleasants Tessieri, retired John F. Loftis professor of church history at the Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond.
Doug Weaver, professor of Baptist studies at Baylor University, will introduce each lecture and moderate discussions. All lecturers are former students and/or colleagues of Hinson.
The conference will conclude with Sunday morning worship, where Hinson’s daughter, Elizabeth Hinson-Hasty, will preach. She is professor and chair of the Department of Theology at Bellarmine University.
Hinson held faculty posts at Southern Seminary, the Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, and the Baptist Seminary of Kentucky. His writing and teaching mainly focused on church history and spirituality, but he also authored published works in New Testament studies. He holds a doctorate in New Testament from Southern Seminary and a doctorate in church history from Oxford University.
During his three decades at Southern Seminary, he pioneered course work in spirituality that introduced students to the writings of Christian seekers from throughout church history and across Christian traditions. Hinson’s views on ecumenism and biblical interpretation made him a frequent target of the fundamentalists. Nevertheless, he persisted in his vocation and influenced thousands of future ministers and professors as a classroom teacher and doctoral supervisor.
Hinson is the author, editor, or translator of 35 books and approximately 1,200 articles and book reviews. At the conference, a panel consisting of all lecturers will dialogue with Hinson about his life and career.
The registration fee for the conference is $80 per person and includes three meals. Online registration and more information are available here.