Spiritual Formation Topic of Bluefield College Staley Lecture Series

Dr. Hollon, known as “a reconciliation artist with a heart for people,”
will share his unique story, “The Humpty-Dumpty Miracle: Reconciliation in a
Global Age,” during the Staley Distinguished Scholars Series at Bluefield
College, Wednesday, March 28 through Friday, March 30. During the three-day
lecture series, Dr. Hollon will explore Christian spiritual development,
faith, worship and the idea of reconciliation in today’s global era.

Dr. Hollon will offer a lecture all three days, March 28-30, beginning
at 10 a.m. each day in Harman Chapel. As part of the Scholar Series, he will
also speak during a Growth and Praise session, hosted by the BC Baptist
Student Union and beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28 in the Shott
Hall annex.

Dr. Hollon began his ministry in preaching and speaking in 1969 as a
young, 15-year-old high school student in Boerne, Texas. While a senior at
Boerne High, he won the Texas high school championship in persuasive
speaking, and not long after in 1974 he was licensed to preach by Columbus
Avenue Baptist Church in Waco, Texas, and later ordained by First Baptist
Church of Knoxville, Tennessee.

In 1978, while a seminary student at Southern Baptist Theological
Seminary, Dr. Hollon served as a full-time pastor for Finchville Baptist
Church in Finchville, Kentucky. He became the pastor of Wornall Road Baptist
Church in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1985 and served nine years in that
capacity before accepting his current position as pastor of St. Matthews
Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky, where he leads a congregation of
nearly three thousand members.

“Les Hollon is a superb preacher of the gospel,” said Dr. Larry McSwain, retired president of Shorter College, “and he has a sensitive heart for people.”

Dr. Hollon, a professor of spiritual formation, preaching and Christian
history, has taught for a number of seminaries, colleges and mission pastors
in the United States and abroad. He has preached in Kenya, Singapore,
Russia, Greece and Belgium. He has also served as a guest lecturer for the
Staley Distinguished Scholar Series and the U.S. Catholic Missionary
Society, and has served as a spiritual renewal leader for churches from
Oregon and California to Massachusetts and North Carolina.

Dr. Hollon earned a master of divinity, master of theology and doctor of
philosophy degrees from Southern Seminary. He also earned a bachelor of arts
degree from Baylor University and has completed additional special studies
at several other institutions, including Trinity University, Vanderbilt
Divinity School and Fuller Theological Seminary.

He holds various honorary degrees and earned certifications, including
designation as a Walter Pope Binns Fellow for distinguished ministry from
William Jewell College; an honorary alumnus award from Midwestern Baptist
Theological Seminary; and induction into the Board of Preachers for the
Martin Luther King, Jr. International Chapel at Morehouse College.

In addition to his duties as pastor of St. Matthews Baptist Church and
his commitments to teaching and speaking, Dr. Hollon serves as a trustee and
professor for Campbellsville University; a member of the Baptist World
Alliance; a contributing writer on spiritual formation for Baptist Today and
other periodicals; a global strategist for Reconciliation Networks of Our
World; and a founding member of Greater Louisville Christian Reconciliation

His lectures on reconciliation at Bluefield College are being made
possible by the Thomas F. Staley Foundation, a non-profit organization
“concerned with the spiritual development of individuals, particularly
college students.” The Staley Distinguished Scholar Series is designed to
provide Christian colleges with “scholarly evangelical speakers.”

For more information about the 2001 Staley Series at Bluefield College,
please contact the BC Office of Public Relations at 540-326-4212.

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