Mathis, President of Kentucky Baptist Convention, To Donate Books to Theology Students

March 1, 2010
For Immediate Release


By Christina Miller, student news writer

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky.—Dr. Don Mathis, president of the Kentucky Baptist Convention, will present a donation of his book “Surviving and Thriving in Today’s Ministry: Prescription for Effective Leadership” to theology students, Tuesday, March 9 at 2 p.m. in the Chowning Executive Dining Room in Winters Dining Hall, 411 N. Columbia Ave., Campbellsville.

Mathis’ book is written for young pastors and is used in some college and seminary classes. The book was originally written in 1999, and was updated and expanded in 2009.

“Dr. Mathis wrote this classic text based on his fruitful years of experience in the pastoral ministry,” Dr. John Hurtgen, dean of the School of Theology and professor at Campbellsville University, said.

Mathis will donate books to 45 pastoral ministries and 19 Biblical studies students. The School of Theology has a total of 166 majors in all programs.

“This is a generous gift to our students who are either currently engaged in ministry and/or preparing for local church ministry,” Hurtgen said. “We are grateful to Dr. Mathis for his investment in the lives of our students.”

Mathis serves as staff evangelist at Eastwood Baptist Church in Bowling Green, Ky., and is a long-term serving pastor.

John Chowning, vice president for church and external relations and executive assistant to the president, said, “Dr. Mathis is a very well-known evangelist in Southern Baptist Convention life having preached revivals in numerous churches across the nation and in Kentucky.”

Chowning said the university is honored to have Mathis donate his books to CU students.

Campbellsville University is a private, comprehensive institution located in South Central Kentucky. Founded in 1906, Campbellsville University is affiliated with the Kentucky Baptist Convention and has an enrollment of 3,006 students who represent 97 Kentucky counties, 30 states and 37 foreign nations. Listed in U.S.News & World Report’s 2010 “America’s Best Colleges,” CU is ranked 23rd in “Best Baccalaureate Colleges” in the South, tied for fifth in “most international students” and fourth in “up-and-coming” schools in baccalaureate colleges 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.

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