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newell lectures in biblical studies

The Anderson University School of Theology and Christian Ministry believes it is important to enhance the educational opportunities of its students by bringing guest lecturers and faculty to our seminary annually.

The Newell Lectures in Biblical Studies brings a noted biblical scholar to the campus for a one-day or two-day lecture in his or her field of expertise. 

Newell Lectures History

Dr. Arlo and Mrs. Helen Newell created the Newell Lectureship in Biblical Studies in 1981 for the purpose of bringing a significant specialist in the field of biblical studies to Anderson University and the School of Theology and Christian Ministry on an annual basis. It is one of the longest running lecture series in the United States.

Dr. Arlo Newell served the Church of God (Anderson, Ind.) for many years as a pastor, editor of Vital Christianity (the national periodical of the Church of God), a Church of God General Assembly officer, and author of numerous books and articles. Dr. Newell also served as a chaplain in residence with the Anderson University School of Theology and Christian Ministry.

Helen Newell also worked faithfully in the Church of God and in the Anderson community. She is a 1981 graduate of the Anderson University seminary with a Master of Religious Education. The Newell Lectures were created to honor Helen’s work at the seminary and in the Church of God.

Meet the Speakers

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2022: Why Trust the Gospels?
How much evidence is there for authentic memory of Jesus in the gospels?

Speaker: Dr. Craig S. Keener
Dr. Keener is the F.M. and Ada Thompson Professor of Biblical Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary. He is author of 33 books, with more than 1 million copies in circulation; they have won 13 national or international awards, including six in Christianity Today. 

21 Dr. Nijay K. Gupta
2021: Hidden Christian Figures
Bringing the Women Leaders of the Early Church Out of the Shadows

Speaker: Dr. Nijay K. Gupta
Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary, has written several books including A Beginner’s Guide to New Testament Studies, Paul and the Language of Faith, and commentaries on Colossians, 1-2 Thessalonians, Philippians, and Galatians.

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2021: Study of Old Testament
Origins of Isaiah, and Divine Femininity

Speaker: Dr. Christopher Hays


19 Dr. Valerie Bridgeman
2019: Topics on the book of Job

Speaker: Dr. Valerie Bridgeman
Dean and Vice President of Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Homiletics and Hebrew Bible at Methodist Theological School of Ohio.

18 M. Daniel Carroll R. (Rodas), PhD
2018: Foundations and Challenges for Old Testament Social Ethics

Speaker: M. Daniel Carrol R. (Rodas), Ph.D.
Blanchard Professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College.

17 Dr. Robert E. Coleman
2017: Great Commission Lifestyle – Evangelism

Speaker: Dr. Robert E. Coleman
Widely known for his ministry as a disciple-maker and evangelist, Dr. Coleman is the author of 21 books, including the bestseller The Master Plan of Evangelism. His books are published in 100 languages.

16 Carla Sunberg
2016: The Nicene Crossroads
Scripture and the Feminine in Cappadocia

Speaker: Dr. Carla Sunberg
President of The Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri. Co-Author of Faxes from Russia and Reclaiming Eve: The Identity and Calling of Women in the Kingdom of God.

15 Dr. Candida Moss
2015: Resurrection of the Body, gender, disabilities, and the church

Speaker: Dr. Candida R. Moss
Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity in the Department of Theology at the University of Notre Dame

14 James Earl Massey Sitting
2014: The Word of God and Church Life

Speaker: Dr. James Earl Massey
Dean emeritus, Anderson University School of Theology

13 Kent Richards
2013: The Role of the Bible in our Technological Era

Speaker: Dr. Kent H. Richards
Former Executive Secretary of the Society of Biblical Literature

12 Dr. Adolfo Roitman
2012: The Dead Sea Scrolls and Qumran

Speaker: Dr. Adolfo Roitman, Lizbeth and George Krupp
Curator of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Head of the Shrine of the Book, Israel Museum (Jerusalem)

11 Dr. Adela Collins
2011: The Earthly Afterlife of Paul

Speaker: Dr. Adela Yarbro Collins
Buckingham Professor of New Testament Criticism and Interpretation at Yale Divinity School

Questions? Contact the School of Theology and Christian Ministry at for more information.