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Dr. G. Wade Rowatt to be Holy Week’s featured speaker at Campbellsville University


April 11, 2014
For Immediate Release

By Kevin Thomas and Samantha Stevenson, student news writers

Dr. G. Wade Rowatt
Dr. G. Wade Rowatt

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. — Campbellsville University’s School of Theology will host Dr. G. Wade Rowatt as a special guest speaker on Wednesday, April 16 at 10 a.m. in Ransdell Chapel, located at 401 North Hoskins Ave., Campbellsville.

Rowatt is currently the senior professor of pastoral care and counseling at the Baptist Seminary of Ky, located in Georgetown, Ky. He’s also the director of Clinical Pastoral Education at the St. Matthew’s Pastoral Counseling Center in Louisville, Ky.

Rowatt’s chapel address is centered on the idea of being joyful while serving. Rowatt will speak to the idea of finding the real fun in “everything we do,” especially in serving others.

“We seldom find happiness in advertised places. Happiness often finds us in the weirdest locations. We all make a few, sometimes random, choices that control much of the rest of our lives. Choose wisely,” Rowatt said.

Rowatt will speak at an additional lecture in the Banquet Hall at 2 p.m. There, his message is called “Suffering and Transformation: A Christian Perspective on Bad Things,” and will focus on how having a theological perspective when addressing life’s toughest issues is the best strategy in overcoming hard times. The Banquet Hall is located inside the Badgett Academic Support Center at 110 University Drive, Campbellsville.

Rowatt is a 1964 graduate of Southern Illinois University where he received his Bachelor’s of Science in Mathematics and Sociology. Rowatt then attended the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he attained his Masters in Divinity in 1968, his Masters in Pastoral Care in 1971 as well as his Ph.D. in Psychology of Religion in 1974.

Rowatt completed postgraduate studies at the School of Theology in Claremont, California from 1978-1979, Norton Psychiatric Clinic from 1987-1988 and served as a Fellow in Religion and Psychiatry at the Menninger School of Psychiatry in Topeka, Kansas from 1994-1995.

Rowatt has authored or co-authored ten books and nine articles relating to the topics of marriage, family, life crises, and counseling.

He and his wife, Mari Jo, have been married for 49 years and have three children and four grandchildren.

Campbellsville University is a widely acclaimed Kentucky-based Christian university with more than 3,600 students offering 63 undergraduate options, 17 master’s degrees, five postgraduate areas and eight pre-professional programs. The website for complete information is