BROWNWOOD – January 24, 2024 – Howard Payne University’s 16th annual Currie-Strickland Distinguished Lectures in Christian Ethics will feature guest speaker Rev. Elijah M. Brown, Ph.D., general secretary of the Baptist World Alliance. The lectures will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, January 31, during HPU’s Chapel service in L.J. Mims Auditorium, and at 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 1, in the Richard and Wanda Jackson Conference Room of HPU’s Paul and Jane Meyer Faith and Life Leadership Center. Both lectures are free to the public.
The theme for Rev. Brown’s lectures will be “Peace in Persecution: Stories of Baptist Efforts from the Front Lines.” Rev. Brown previously served as executive vice president of 21Wilberforce as well as associate professor of religion at East Texas Baptist University, where he was founding director of the Freedom Center. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and a Ph.D. in divinity from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.
Rev. Brown’s specialties lie in human rights and religious liberty. His dissertation focused on issues related to world Christianity, including mission and church growth, peacebuilding and conflict resolution, and the interaction of religion and politics. He has researched and led training events in human rights advocacy and has conducted human rights advocacy work in several countries. He has submitted reports to the United Nations, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, and numerous foundations and groups. He is married to Amy, and they have three children: Hudson, Sahara and Keziah.
The Currie-Strickland lecture series is made possible through the generosity of Dr. and Mrs. Gary Elliston and was established to honor the life of Dr. David R. Currie, retired executive director of Texas Baptists Committed; and the memory of Phil Strickland, who dedicated nearly 40 years of ministry to the Baptist General Convention of Texas’ Christian Life Commission.
Admission to the lectures is free, but reservations are requested. To R.S.V.P, contact HPU’s School of Christian Studies by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 325-649-8403.
Cutline 1: HPU’s 16th annual Currie-Strickland Distinguished Lectures in Christian Ethics will feature guest speaker Rev. Elijah M. Brown, Ph.D.
Cutline 2: HPU’s 16th annual Currie-Strickland Distinguished Lectures in Christian Ethics is scheduled for January 31 and February1.