Baptist and Reflector

David & Lanese Dockery

David & Lanese Dockery

JACKSON — Union University will launch a new lecture series in the spring that honors its former president and first lady and celebrates the school’s Baptist history and heritage.

The Dockery Lectures on Baptist Thought and Heritage, named for former Union President David S. Dockery and First Lady Lanese Dockery, will be an annual event designed to examine the importance of the Baptist heritage, the distinctives of Baptist thought, and the influence of the Christian intellectual tradition.

“All of us are deeply grateful to David and Lanese Dockery for their inestimable contributions to Union University,” Union President Samuel W. “Dub” Oliver said. “I am confident that the legacy of Dr. Dockery’s outstanding leadership will only be enhanced as the Dockery Lectures continue on campus year by year.”

Dockery expressed gratitude to Oliver, Union Provost C. Ben Mitchell, and Nathan Finn, dean of the School of Theology and Missions, for their enthusiastic support for the new series and to former colleagues who have pledged financial support for it.

“It is our hope that the lecture series will feature the very best Baptist thinkers in this country and around the globe, even as it captures the best of the Baptist tradition that has shaped Union University through the years,” Dockery said. “We pray that the lectures will be beneficial for the Union community and will be informative in shaping the Baptist world at-large.”

Dockery served as Union president for 18 years. He was elected as president of Trinity International University in Deerfield, Ill., in 2014.

Jim Patterson, Union’s associate dean for the School of Theology and Missions and university professor of Christian thought and tradition, will give the inaugural lecture in the series March 14, 2017.