Oct. 2, 2009
For Immediate Release
Bingham, senior pastor at St. Paul Baptist Church at Shively Heights,
Louisville, Ky., receives the Campbellsville University Leadership
Award from Dr. Michael V. Carter, right, president of Campbellsville
University, and Dr. Frank Cheatham, vice president for academic affairs
at CU. (Campbellsville University Photo by Munkh-Amgalan)
CAMPBELLSVILLE UNIVERSITY GIVES LEADERSHIP AWARD TO DR. LINCOLN BINGHAM OF LOUISVILLE
By Joan C. McKinney, news and publications coordinator
– Campbellsville University awarded Dr. Lincoln Bingham, senior pastor
of St. Paul Baptist Church at Shively Heights in Louisville, the
Campbellsville University Leadership Award Sept. 30.
presentation of a plaque was made by Dr. Jay Conner, chair of the
Campbellsville University Board of Trustees; Dr. Frank Cheatham, vice
president for academic affairs; and John Chowning, vice president for
church and external relations and executive assistant to the president
of CU, at a luncheon in his honor.
other African-Americans, Dr. Betty Griffin, chief executive officer of
The Griffin Group, and Delquan Dorsey Sr., executive director of the
Governor’s Office of Minority Empowerment, were awarded the
Campbellsville University African-American Community Leadership Award.
actual medallion to Bingham was presented at chapel earlier in the day
when Bingham spoke to students, faculty and staff. Campbellsville
University President Michael V. Carter made that presentation.
was given to Bingham at the luncheon attended by African-American
leaders in the Campbellsville community and surrounding areas.
Chowning, who serves as chair of the CU diversity committee, said,
“Today we celebrate diversity on the campus of Campbellsville
University, where special leadership efforts to bring together all
people are acknowledged and rewarded.”
Campbellsville University Leadership Award has its roots in the
pioneering spirit that brought higher education and its succeeding
growth to Kentucky, Chowning said.
The medallion award, a special recognition in Kentucky, is
cast bronze and is the seal of Campbellsville University, proclaiming
the universal attributes of fellowship, leadership and scholarship.
Following the university’s legacy of more than a century of commitment
to Christian principles in higher education, the Campbellsville
University Leadership Award is ceremoniously shared in appreciation and
admiration of consummate leadership in Kentucky’s spiritual, health,
education, cultural, economic and community development.
accepting his award, said, “The doors that Campbellsville University
has opened to me have been a blessing.” He described having grown up in
poverty and anonymity, listening to the stories of his grandparents,
both slaves, and developing a simmering attitude that he wanted to get
even with somebody.
“Then I came to know Jesus Christ and the poverty and the
anonymity were removed,” Bingham said. “The words of Longfellow say it
best, ‘We can make our lives sublime, and, departing, leave behind us
footprints on the sands of time.’”
His footprints have in the recent past been at his St. Paul
Baptist Church where he said he was guided to take on the poorest zip
code and the highest crime rate area of Jefferson County, Ky. In the
turnaround, he said they have come to a position of strength, both
numerically and financially, as they are growing their diverse
Bingham said, “I am so thankful that Campbellsville
University is a model for diversity. We want our church to do likewise.”
Chowning singled out
several leaders at the luncheon for their devotion to helping grow
diversity on campus over the Dialogue on Race program.
on Race was started 10 years ago with the intent to acquaint different
races with each other. Dr. Mary Wilgus, dean of the university’s
College of Arts and Sciences, said she is always interested when
different classes think racism has been dealt with, and then the
students are always surprised when facilitators ask questions in the
sessions on campus.
is real,” she said, “and societal issues are more than black and
white.” She said the Dialogue on Race focuses on helping students be
more careful in the way they express themselves and the way they treat
Bingham spoke of race at the university’s chapel earlier in the day.
“There is only one race—and that is the human race,” he said.
He spoke of the need to change and the need to love all people, regardless of ethnicity.
one blood, God created all ethnicities,” Bingham said. “We have to
first know who God is. Everybody ought to know that God is real. Jesus
paid the way for all of us to have access into the membership into the
kingdom of God.”
He said, “Prejudices are still prevalent. Discrimination is still prevalent.”
“We need to learn to live together and love one another. God does not have any superior race over another.”
“All of us have to be intentional about this. Repent means to change—we must be intentional about change.”
“There will come a time when we all must come before the judge.”
Bingham has been a
voice and witness in Louisville and the Commonwealth of Kentucky for
the reconciling power of the Gospel for nearly 40 years. He has
pastored West End Baptist Church and the St. Paul Missionary Baptist
Church for 36 years and has proclaimed the love of Jesus and has led
both congregations into creative and exciting ministries to their
communities, Chowning said.
Chowning said Bingham, as superintendent of missions for
the General Association of Baptists in Kentucky, not only worked to
strengthen the educational and missions arms of the General
Association, but he worked and built bridges between the General
Association of Baptists in Kentucky and the Kentucky Baptist Convention.
During his tenure as superintendent of Missions for Central
District Baptist Association and director of the Baptist Fellowship
Center, Bingham began to move both groups into innovative programs of
social ministry and empowerment for residents of Parkland and West
Chowning said Bingham, while doing all of these activities,
has been a consultant, both volunteer and paid with the Kentucky
Baptist Convention, helping the KBC learn how to work with
African-American Baptists to reach all people with the reconciling love
His latest project grows out of the Tony Evans and Billy
Graham meetings in Louisville. Working with Dr. Les Hollon, pastor of
Trinity Baptist Church in San Antonio, Texas, formerly of St. Matthews
Baptist Church of Louisville, Bingham has given guidance and
inspiration to a citywide reconciliation ministry.
Bingham has held positions as moderator of the General
Association of Baptists in Kentucky, Black Church Development
Consultant and Kentucky Baptist Convention/Missionary Associate – Black
Church Planting Unit, Southern Baptist Convention.
Bingham is chairperson of the Greater Louisville Christian
Reconciliation Ministries Inc., which was incorporated in the year 2000.
He is also a writer for the American Baptist newspaper and
a member of the steering committee of Reconciliation Networks of Our
World, headquartered in Atlanta, Ga.
Bingham and his wife, Lillian, have two children: Ava
Bingham Reynolds, who is a member of the CU Board of Trustees and a
1975 graduate of Campbellsville College and who received her master of
theology degree in 2006 from CU; and a son, Michael Bingham, who serves
as associate minister and musician at St. Paul and who is founder and
director of Calvary Mentoring Program for ex-offenders who suffer from
drugs and alcohol, located in Georgetown, Ky.
Campbellsville University is a private, comprehensive
institution located in South Central Kentucky. Founded in 1906,
Campbellsville University is affiliated with the Kentucky Baptist
Convention. Listed in U.S.News & World Report’s 2010 “America’s
Best Colleges,” CU is ranked 23rd in “Best Baccalaureate Colleges” in
the South and fourth in “up-and-coming” schools in the south. CU has
been ranked 17 consecutive years with U.S.News & World Report. The
university has also been named to America’s Best Christian Colleges®
and to G.I. Jobs magazine as a Military Friendly School. Campbellsville
University is located 82 miles southwest of Lexington, Ky., and 80
miles southeast of Louisville, Ky. Dr. Michael V. Carter is in his 11th
year as president.
Wed, October 7, 2009
by By Joan C. McKinney, news and publications coordinator