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Campbellsville University to host Dr. Ron Sider, professor at Palmer Theological Seminary, founder and president of Emeritus for Social Action

Oct. 26, 2016
For Immediate Release

Dr. Ron Sider

By Joan C. McKinney, coordinating director, Office of University Communications

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – Dr. Ron Sider, Distinguished Professor of Theology, Holistic Ministry and Public Policy at Palmer Theological Seminary and founder and president of Emeritus for Social Action (ESA), will be the Kentucky Heartland Institute on Public Policy (KHIPP) speaker at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1 in the Banquet Hall of the Badgett Academic Support Center at 110 University Drive, Campbellsville, Ky.

He will also speak at the university’s weekly chapel service at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2 in Ransdell Chapel at 401 N. Hoskins Ave., Campbellsville, Ky.

The public is invited to both events; there is no admission.

 Sider is known worldwide for providing leadership to the movement of evangelicals who recognize not just the spiritual, but also the social and political implications of a high view of Scripture.

His book “Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger” was lauded by Christianity Today as being among the top 100 books in religion in the 20th century and the seventh most influential book in the evangelical world in the last 50 years.

In addition to “Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger,” Sider has written more than 30 published books. In the 1970s, Sider played a key role in the drafting of the historic Chicago Declaration, which helped set the direction for evangelicals concerned about the Bible’s social implications.

He is the founder and president of Evangelicals for Social Action (ESA), which for more than three decades has provided an organizational outlet for Christians committed to holistic ministry. ESA is a part of the Sider Center on Ministry and Public Policy at Palmer Seminary.

An ordained minister in the Mennonite and Brethren in Christ Churches, Sider has lectured at numerous educational institutions, including Yale, Harvard, Princeton and Oxford.

Sider earned his Ph.D. in history from Yale University, B.D. from Yale Divinity School, M.A. in history from Yale University and B.A. from Waterloo Lutheran University.

Siler is the father of three children and lives in Philadelphia’s Germantown section with his wife, Arbutus.

Dr. Shawn Williams, associate professor of political, who facilities the KHIPP forums, said KHIPP focuses its attention on “facilitating public policy study and issues debate, while encouraging the involvement of Christian leaders in the public and civic arenas.”

He said KHIPP is committed to preparing Christian civic and political leaders for the 21st century.

Chapel is designed to provide opportunities for corporate worship and exposure through a variety of informative speakers and presentations.

All chapels are open to the public free of charge and are televised live on WLCU (Comcast Cable channel 10 and digital channel 23.0).

For information about chapel, call the Office of Campus Ministries at (270) 789-5227.

Campbellsville University is widely acclaimed Kentucky-based Christian university with more than 3,500 students offering over 80 programs of study including 24 master’s degrees, seven postgraduate areas and eight pre-professional programs. The website for complete information is