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Saturday, March 16, 2013

American Baptist College on Living Your Best Life with Genma Holmes

 Update: Audio of the show here

Join Living Your Best Life with Genma Holmes as we profile organizations and leaders who lead by example. With extraordinary acts of kindness and charitable giving that help countless lives daily, these organizations and leaders embody "Be the change you want to see in the world".

Throughout 2013 listeners will hear from Presidents of organizations who are global change agents. We will also hear from CEOs of social enterprise businesses who are changing communities and college educators who are taking their students out of the classroom and into surrounding neighborhoods to learn and serve others.

 Join us on Saturday, March 16, 2013 to hear from Regina Prude, Chief Evangelist of Joy, and the wife of the late Dr. Floyd Prude Jr., as she share about the exciting Garnett-Nabrit Lectures series scheduled March 18-20, 2013 at American Baptist College. Tune in to hear about the stellar line up of speakers and musical guests as well the social justice history of American Baptist College.

American Baptist College was primarily a school designed to train African American Baptist ministers. The  student body has been influential in the civil rights movement for several decades.The small campus overlooks the Cumberland River has been nicked named the "Holy Hill". The college attracts students from around the country who desire an education that equips them for Christian leadership and service. Mrs. Prude's husband, a graduate of American Baptist College, served for many years as President of the American Baptist College Alumni Association and was a past Member of the Board of Trustees.

Living Your Best Life, a radio show that empowers, inspires and motivates one to live their BEST life, can heard on 760 AM in the Middle-Tennessee Region, military bases, and streamed live on U-Stream.TV from 9-10AM CST. (This show was aired on WTST, a member of the HBCU radio network.)

 More About Garnett-Nabrit Lecture Series

The Garnett-Nabrit Lecture Series was named in honor of the leadership of James Henry Garnett and James Madison Nabrit. Garnett was a teacher of Systematic Theology and New Testament Greek at American Baptist Theological Seminary from 1924 to 1938. He served as the seminary’s dean from 1927 to 1939. During a portion of that time, from 1930 to 1932, he provided leadership as the acting president.
James Madison Nabrit was president of American Baptist Theological Seminary from 1936 to 1944. His eight-year tenure advanced the institution and brought forth the development of the National Baptist Training School for Christian Workers.

Garnett and Nabrit are landmarks in the legacy of great leadership provided to American Baptist College. Their example of innovation and integrity are recognized annually through the Garnett-Nabrit Lecture Series.
Even in the midst of learning situations, there have been moments when that which is learned need to be enhanced, enriched and enlightened. This concept seemingly was in the mind of Dr. J. C. Miles as he, under the leadership of Dr. J. M. Nabrit, the President of American Baptist Theological Seminary, directed the first Missionary Conference in March, 1937.

There was also an Annual Conference on Pastoral Problems held in November, 1937, and was closed with a celebration of Founder’s Day. The conferences were combined at least by 1943 and continued each year until 1957.

In 1949 the conception of the Garnett-Nabrit Lectures was realized. At the Annual meeting of the Alumni Association held June 3, 1949, a committee (J. T. Moore, B. E. Callier, J. T. Ridley, W. N. Daniel, Charles Williams and William Donaldson) reported that they had polled the alumni throughout the country and received the majority of votes in favor of a Garnett-Nabrit Lecture.

It was not until 1957 that the birth of the Garnett-Nabrit Lectures was actualized. For in April 30 - May 1, 1957 meeting of the Board of Trustees, the vote was made to change the name of the Annual Ministers and Missionary conference to the Garnett-Nabrit lectures in honor of the former dean Dr. J. H. Garnett and Dr. J. M. Nabrit, fourth President of the Seminary.

The first Lecture Series was held April 30 - May 1, 1958, under the co-directorship of Professor Joseph M. Conley, Director of Seminary Extension, and Dr. Maynard P. Turner, President in 1964. The Alumni Association strengthened the Lecture Series by initiating an Alumni Banquet. Each year an alumnus is chosen by the Alumni Association to deliver the Banquet address.

More About American Baptist College

 Dr. Forrest E. Harris, Sr. President of American Baptist College

2011 Commencement Speaker,  John Seigenthaler, Sr.
The mission of ABC is educating, graduating and preparing a predominantly African American student population for Christian leadership, service and social justice in the world. The school offers a quality educational program with a liberal arts emphasis, equipping diverse students intellectually, morally, spiritually, socially and theologically.

The vision of ABC, a historically black college, founded in 1924 by black and white Baptists, is to provide educational opportunities for gifted students who have limited academic experiences and resources but unlimited potential for leadership in society. The school continues today firmly rooted in its historic purpose to promote higher education through a Christ-centered vision of the world for underserved students. This commitment entails the education of persons regardless of their age, class, ethnicity, gender or race in an environment that frees persons to be active learners, servant-leaders, and moral citizens of the world.

American Baptist College is a Christian College dedicated to educating and developing Christians for worldwide leadership and service. We are committed to providing men and women with an outstanding interdisciplinary undergraduate professional education in Bible, theology, and the social and natural sciences. We train both clergy and laity for the practice of Christian ministry and various professional social vocations. We believe in fostering an academic environment in which students and faculty dialogue about critical issues facing the church, society and world. Our holistic educational philosophy enhances the spiritual, intellectual, and social growth of our students. American Baptist College is a place where men and women can come to prepare for ministerial vocations in and beyond the church with a Christian theological understanding of the world.


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