Foster to present Milligan’s 2016 Webb Lectures

MILLIGAN COLLEGE, Tenn. (February 16, 2016) — Milligan College welcomes Doug Foster, professor of church history and director of the Center for Restoration Studies at Abilene Christian University, for its annual Webb Lecture Series on Tuesday, March 1, and Thursday, March 3, at 11 a.m. in Milligan’s Mary B. Martin Auditorium located in Seeger Chapel. The lectures are free and open to the public.

On Tuesday, Foster will lecture on “Campbell and Christian Unity—The Vision and the Struggle,” and on Thursday, he will address “Baptism and Unity.”

Foster holds a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University and has published extensively on the Stone-Campbell movement. His scholarly work has centered in three areas: understanding the place of the Stone-Campbell Restoration Movement in American Christianity, understanding the idea of Christian unity that was integral to the movement and examining racial divisions in the church.

While visiting Milligan, Foster will meet with area ministers, church leaders and students.

Milligan’s Webb Lecture Series is named for Dr. Henry and the late Emerald Webb. Henry Webb was a professor of Bible at Milligan for more than 40 years.

“The Webb Lectures are a highlight for the region’s Christian churches and churches of Christ each year,” said Phyllis Fox, director of church relations. “It reminds us that the roots of the Stone-Campbell Movement are deep, purposeful and practical. We are grateful to the Webb family for their insight and generosity in making the Webb Lecture Series possible.”

Foster has served as general editor for the “Encyclopedia of the Stone-Campbell Movement,” as well as “The Stone-Campbell Movement: A Global History.” In 2013, he published “The Story of Churches of Christ,” a brief introduction to the movement, and in 2014, produced a video series with the same title designed for congregational study. Foster is completing a biography of Alexander Campbell for the Eerdmans religious biography series. He is a member of the Stone-Campbell Dialogue and serves on the Boards of Stone-Campbell International (publisher of the Stone-Campbell Journal) and the World Convention of Churches of Christ. Foster also serves as part of the Racial Unity Leadership Summit.

To learn more about spiritual formation events at Milligan, contact Campus Minister Brad Wallace at 423.461.8748 or visit

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