Lecture Series

The bi-annual Presbyterian Women’s Lecture Series was originally endowed by Miss Laura Pettway. She was a long-term member of First Presbyterian Church; at her death in 1974, she left her gift to the Women of the Church of this congregation. Since the endowment’s creation it was doubled anonymously in honor of Julia Taylor White. This series has brought some of the most important minds in Christian theology and biblical scholars, reinforcing our deeply thoughtful Presbyterian Heritage. In 2015 the lecture series was renamed The Pettway Lecture Series.

Past speakers include Dr. Laura Mendenhall (President of Columbia Theological Seminary), Rev. Dr. Stanley P. Saunders (associate professor of New Testament at Columbia Seminary), Dr. Freda Gardner (former director of Christian Education at Princeton Theological Seminary), Dr. Elizabeth Achtemeier (former professor of homiletics at Union Theological Seminary, Richmond), Dr. William P. Wood (Senior Minister at First Presbyterian Church, Charlotte, North Carolina, Associate Minister, First Presbyterian Church, San Antonio, Texas, and Senior Minister, First Presbyterian Church, Kingsport, Tennessee), and Dr. Brian K. Blount (President and Professor of New Testament, Union Presbyterian Seminary, Richmond, Virginia and charlotte, North Carolina).

2015 Pettway Lecture Series

First Presbyterian Church
Knoxville, Tennessee
Fall Lecture Series – 2015
Sunday, November 15 & Monday, November 16
Guest Speaker – Dr. Thomas G. Long, Bandy Professor of Preaching, Candler School of Theology, Emory University


Sunday, November 15

8:45 am & 11:00am Worship Services – The Open Window Luke 16: 19-31
9:45am – Adult Sunday School – From Graveyards to Columbaria: The Changing World of Christian Funerals
6:00pm – Congregational Meal (Cost $10)
7:00pm – Evening Gathering – Puzzles, Enigmas and Paradoxes: The Strange and Wonderful Parables of Jesus

Monday, November 16

12 noon – Luncheon Gathering – What I see happening in preaching these days with Q&A
RSVP Reservations: laura@fpcknox.org or 546-2531 (cost $8)
7:00pm – Evening Gathering (Dessert to Follow) – Puzzles, Enigmas and Paradoxes: The Strange and Wonderful Parables of Jesus

Adult Sunday SchoolOur Pettway Lecturer, Dr. Tom Long, is an insightful interpreter of Scripture, with a particular focus on how the literary shape of the text guides interpretation. In the four weeks preceding his arrival, beginning October 18th, we will look at his book, Preaching and the Literary Forms of the Bible. The book, with a nod toward preaching, is an insightful analysis of some of the common literary forms of the Bible (e.g. poem, narrative, letter, proverb, etc.). William Pender and Meredith Loftis will co-teach this class.

Click the following link to learn more about Dr. Long and to access additional links to his works including articles and video clips.