Biblical Studies Lectures

In collaboration with the Lilly Endowment's Initiative to Strengthen the Quality of Preaching

February 2-4, 2016


Dr. Liam Goligher
Senior Minister, Tenth Presbyterian Church                      




Irish Baptist Theological College
D.Min., Reformed Theological Seminary

Tuesday, February 2, 2016  
11:00 a.m. 

Worship Service - "The Prophetic Word"
Hodges Chapel

Wednesday, February 3, 2016  
11:00 a.m.
Lecture - "Hearing the Triune"
Hodges Chapel

Thursday, February 4, 2016  
11:00 a.m. 
Lecture - "The Preacher as Worship Leader"
Hodges Chapel

Dr. William (Liam) Goligher began serving as Senior Minister of Tenth Presbyterian Church in May of 2011. He previously pastored churches in Ireland, Canada, England, and his native Scotland.   Born and raised in a Christian family in Glasgow, Scotland, Dr. Goligher felt called to a preaching ministry at the age of eleven after attending one of Billy Graham’s crusades. By twelve, he had embarked on a study of theology, eagerly reading whatever books he could find. As a teen, he began preaching in pubs and wherever he could gather an audience.   After college in Glasgow, he graduated in theology from the Irish Baptist Theological College in 1973, and in 2004, he earned his Doctor of Ministry degree from the Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi.   Liam married Christine Nora Hughes in 1972. They have five adult children (Louise, Ruth, David, Sarah, Andrew) and seven grandchildren.   Prior to coming to Tenth, Dr. Goligher served as Senior Minister at Duke Street Church (2000–2011), a Reformed evangelical church in West London. During his ministry Duke Street saw significant growth among young professionals and families, and it grew in cultural diversity. He led the church to adopt the Westminster Confession of Faith and directed it through a capital campaign. During his tenure there, he also led a significant radio ministry that is known throughout the United Kingdom.   Dr. Goligher has been closely involved in Bible teaching and evangelistic ministry among college students. He has spoken at conventions throughout the world, and he has preached regularly at conferences and churches in the United States. Liam has contributed to more than ten books and authored four: A Window on Tomorrow (Christian Focus, 1994), The Fellowship of the King (Carlisle, 2003), The Jesus Gospel (Milton Keynes, 2006), and Joseph—The Hidden Hand of God (Fearn, 2008). He has spoken at pastor training conferences in Ireland and Scotland, and his Sunday sermons are webcast on the internet.  

Audio and video recordings of previous Biblical Studies Lectures can be purchased through our Media Store.

About the Biblical Studies Lectures: Each Spring, Beeson Divinity School hosts the Biblical Studies Lectures, one of three annual lectureships, to enrich the spiritual life of our community and enhance the educational experience of our students. Guest speakers committed to the proclamation of the Holy Scripture are chosen because they pursue their study of the Bible with the utmost academic rigor and integrity. Their scholarship serves as an example of the faithful and diligent attention to the study of Scripture that we hope to instill in our students. We believe a strong foundation in basic theological disciplines is essential and is reflected in the curriculum. Nearly one-third of the requirements for the Master of Divinity program is devoted to the study of the Bible and the language  in which it is written.

Each year, guest lecturers for the series alternate between Old and New Testament scholars. Past lecturers include Darrell Bock, Gordon Wenham , Robert P. Gordon, N. T. Wright, Gordon Fee, Walter Kaiser, D. A. Carson, J. Gordon McConville, Peter Stuhlmacher, Karen Jobes, Christopher Wright, and Richard Bauckham. Recordings of past lectures are available in the Beeson Media Center.

*Services are open to the public free of charge.