About The Willson Lectures

The Willson Lectureship was established by James M. and Mavis Willson of Floydada, Texas for visiting lecturers to show the possibility of a productive partnership between the Christian faith and intellectual integrity

The Willson Lecture series continues through the generosity of their endowment highlighting speakers of international stature from the areas of religion, science, Christian theology and ethics, church history, biblical studies, and liturgical studies.

2022 Featured Lectures

The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry announced its 2022 Willson Lecture speakers, Professor Dr. Peter Mageto and Professor Dr. Jamisse Uilson Taimo.

Over two lectures, our guest speakers will explore the following topic: “From our unique Methodist and Wesleyan tradition, how does the church and the academy respond to the acute polarization in church and society both theologically and ethically?”

About The Speakers

Professor Dr. Peter Mageto is a seasoned scholar and elder in the United Methodist Church. His expertise includes providing financial management, implementing corporate social responsibility practices, and building strategic partnerships. You can read his paper Re-Claiming A Theo-Ethical Prophetic Response of the UMC/WESLEYAN-RELATED Institutions in Polarized Contexts HERE

Professor Dr. Jamisse Uilson Taimo, is a distinguished educator and published author, whose expertise focuses on education administration in educational units, with a special focus on advancing higher education, improving the quality of education, and providing access to scientific knowledge. You can read his paper The Responses of Church and Academy to the Acute Polarization in Church And Society HERE

The Willsons intended for the annual lectureship to
feature topics related to “Applied Christianity” and
“Christian Home and Family Life” and they worked
to secure outstanding speakers over the years.

Between Private Sphere and Public Square

Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe

The future is now, The past is now, What is Meharry to do?

Dr. James E.K. Hildreth

Formation for Ministry in American Methodism

Dr. Russell E. Richey