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NABPR-SE Regional Meeting Program March 2018

Update: There has been a venue change for SECSOR. The meeting will now be taking place at: Atlanta Marriott Buckhead Hotel and Conference Center.

National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion, Southeast

2018 Southeast Regional Meeting

Friday, March 2, 2018

Atlanta Marriott Buckhead Hotel and Conference Center.

2:30-3:00pm Registration and Refreshments

3:00-3:05 Welcome

  • Welcome from the President— Alicia Myers, Assistant Professor of New Testament and Greek, Campbell University Divinity School
  • Announcement of Program— Andrew Gardner, Florida State University

3:05-3:40 Presidential Address:

  • Blessed Among Women? Mothers and Motherhood in the New Testament Alicia Myers

3:40-4:30 Panelist Responses and Discussion:

  • Diane Lipsett, Salem College
  • Mimi Walker, Druid Hills Baptist Church, McAfee School of Theology
  • Thomas Dixon, Campbell University

4:30-4:35 Break

4:35-5:00 Business Meeting

  • 2019 SECSOR meeting
    • NABPR-SE meeting Action Items
    • Location
    • Election of officers
    • Miscellaneous business

5:00 Adjournment


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Program for the 2017 Annual Meeting of NABPR at AAR/SBL in Boston

National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion

2017 Annual Meeting
at AAR/SBL in Boston, Massachussets

18 November 2017, 9:00-11:30 AM
Westin Copley Place—Essex North (Third Level)

  • 9:00 Gathering for Coffee and Conversation
  • 9:30 Greetings and Program Overview Steve Harmon, Gardner-Webb University NABPR Vice President
  • 9:35 Introduction of President’s Address
  • 9:40 President’s Address Doug Weaver, Baylor University and NABPR President

Baptists and the Interplay of Word/Spirit/Experience
By Doug Weaver

  • 10:05 Responses from the Association Moderated by Steve Harmon
  • 10:20 Introduction of Keynote Address Rady Roldan-Figueroa, Boston University
  • 10:25 Keynote Address Nancy Ammerman, Boston University
    • Dr. Ammerman is  Professor of Sociology of Religion, Sociology Department and School of Theology; Associate Dean of the Faculty for the Social Sciences.

Being Baptist in this Moment
By Nancy Ammerman


  • 11:00 Responses from the Association Moderated by Rady Roldan-Figueroa
  • 11:15 Fall Business Meeting Danny Mynatt, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, and NABPR Executive Secretary-Treasurer
    • Introduction of the Nominating Committee Steve Harmon
      • Bill Pitts, Baylor University (chair)
      • Mel Hawkins, Carson-Newman University
      • Meredith Stone, Hardin-Simmons University
      • Election of the Dissertation Scholarship Committee
    • Update on Change to the NABPR Constitution Danny Mynatt
    • Update on NABPR Social Media Adam DJ Brett
  • 11:25 Invitation to the National Meeting Steve Harmon

May 21-23, 2018, Gardner-Webb University, Boiling Springs, NC

  • 11:30 Adjournment Steve Harmon

2018 NABPR Call for Papers

  The Call for Papers is now closed. Please see the 2018 Program. 

Call for Papers
National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion
Annual Meeting
Gardner-Webb University
Boiling Springs, NC
May 21 – 23, 2018

The National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion (NABPR) invites paper proposals in any area pertaining to scholarship in Religion.  In an effort to develop innovative conversations among scholars, papers which create integration between traditional disciplines or broaden the margins of disciplinary conversations are encouraged.   Although many NABPR members work primarily in the traditional disciplines of Biblical Studies, Church History, Theology, etc., proposals are encouraged from any field, including Ministry Studies.

Paper or panel proposals on any aspect of pedagogy related to the teaching of Religion are encouraged.

Proposals must be received by January 15, 2018.  Send a 300-word abstract to:

Doug Weaver
Department of Religion
Baylor University
One Bear Place # 97284
Waco, TX 76798-7284

  • Papers will be scheduled into a 30 minute time period, including discussion.
  • Proposals will be accepted or denied by March 1, 2018.
  • Graduate Students are encouraged to submit proposals.
  • The price of registration for Graduate Students is waived for the Annual Meeting.


John Inscore Essick (Baptist Seminary of Kentucky) invites NABPR members interested in presenting on a panel or in a session addressing migration and/or pedagogy and migration for the May 2018 meeting at Gardner-Webb to contact him at .

Membership Requirement

Authors of accepted proposals must be members of NABPR in good standing by May 1. Authors must pay dues for the current year and be registered for the Annual meeting. Accepted Papers which have not met these criteria will be removed from the program. Inquires about dues and membership status should be directed to Joyce Swoveland:

header image via: Gardner-Webb University

Announcing Dissertation Scholarship Awardee: João Chaves

Congratulations to NABPR Dissertation Scholarship Awardee: João Chaves! Best wishes to him on the journey of dissertation.

About João Chaves.

João Chaves is a PhD candidate in the Religion Department of Baylor University, where he also did an outside minor in sociology; he holds degree in theology, biblical and theological studies, and cross-cultural studies. Joao published several peer reviewed articles and book chapters on history of Christianity, theology, and education, and he is the author of Evangelicals and Liberation Revisited: An Inquiry Into the Possibility of an Evangelical-Liberationist Theology (Wipf & Stock, 2013). Joao’s dissertation focuses on the development of religious identity and practice across transnational contexts. More specifically, João is writing on how the work of the Foreign Mission Board in Brazil—which was heavily  informed by the Jim Crow imagination of Southern Baptist missionaries—was disseminated effectively through missionary control of denominational institutions of cultural production (e.g. seminaries, publication houses, and denominational periodicals) and is now being re-imagined in Brazilian Baptist churches in the United States, which are being challenged to re-negotiate aspects of their religious ideologies in the context of the ethnic communities of the new immigration. João lives in San Antonio with his wife, Paula, and his “little Americans,” Jonathan and Rebecca. He is a lecturer at the Baptist University of the Américas.

About the Scholarship

The National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion (NABPR) offers one dissertation scholarship a year to ABD scholars who carry out research on topics broadly related to Baptist Identity. The dissertation scholarship is designed to cultivate conversations about what it means to be a Baptist teach and scholar with relationship to the church and the academy. NABPR is commited to contributing to the formation of students in the Baptist tradition and supporting the important research by Baptist Ph.D. Students. To learn more see: Dissertation Scholarship.

Penultimate NABPR 2017 Program Draft

Dear Conference Participants,

We wish you safe travels as you make your way to Nashville. We look forward to welcoming you here. We have a great program lined up and important networking and conversation are always part of the meeting!

Monday, May 22

3:00-6:30       Registration Check-in

                       Foyer of Frist Lecture Hall

                       4th Floor, Inman Health Sciences Building

Those who requested Belmont housing will pay at registration
and then be directed to the residence hall for check-in

and key pick-up.


There should always be plenty of “Guest Parking” spaces in the garages beneath the Inman-McWhorter buildings and the Janet Ayers Academic Center.  You can get access to these garages off of Wedgewood Avenue or Acklen Avenue.

Dinner begins at 6:00pm ~ Frist Lecture Hall 

The full program is attached. And this link will help you with maps and parking locations:

Traveling mercies,

Eileen Campbell-Reed, NABPR President


Danny Mynatt, NABPR Executive Secretary-Treasurer