Lecturer: Ray Van Neste

Dean of Union University's School of Theology and Missions, Professor of Biblical Studies


Dr. Ray Van Neste has served at Union University since 2001, also previously having served as a visiting lecturer from 1997 to 1998. He has published numerous books and scholarly essays on topics such as biblical studies, pastoral ministry and church history. An ordained minister, Ray preaches and teaches regularly in local churches and has served in pastoral or other staff roles in Baptist congregations in Tennessee, Wisconsin and Scotland. Ray serves on the editorial board of the Southeastern Theological Review and on the Board of Reference for Eagle Projects International, a missions organization. He helped to start and currently leads the study group on the Pastoral Epistles in the Evangelical Theological Society. He manages the website, pastoralepistles.com, which reports on the work of this study group and other research related to the Pastoral Epistles. Ray earned his Ph.D. from the University of Aberdeen and his M.A. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

Worship Service

Feb. 11, 11 a.m.–12 p.m.

"Portrait of a Faithful and Approved Workman," 2 Tim. 2:14-26
Beeson Divinity School, Hodges Chapel

Lecture One

Feb. 12, 11 a.m.–12 p.m.

"'Our People': Ethics and the Identity of the People of God in the Letter to Titus"
Beeson Divinity School, Hodges Chapel

Lecture Two

Feb. 13, 11 a.m.–12 p.m.

"The Word, Prayer, and Practice: Worship in the Pastoral Epistles"
Beeson Divinity School, Hodges Chapel

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.