United Methodist Bishop Willimon to Deliver YHC’s Annual Hamilton Lecture on Nov. 8

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Media Contact: Krystin Dean
(706) 379-5310, kndean@yhc.edu

United Methodist Bishop Willimon to Deliver
Young Harris College’s Annual Hamilton Lecture on Nov. 8

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – On Tuesday, Nov. 8, United Methodist Bishop Dr. William Willimon will deliver the annual Hamilton Lecture at 7 p.m. in Wilson Lecture Hall of Goolsby Center on the Young Harris College campus. His lecture, titled “Being in College with Jesus,” will address the challenges Christian students face at colleges and universities. The event is free and open to the public.

Named by Baylor University as one of the 12 most effective preachers in the English-speaking world, Bishop Willimon has been leading the North Alabama Conference as presiding bishop of the Birmingham area since 2004. He has served as pastor of churches in Georgia and South Carolinaand preached to hundreds of congregations around the globe. 

Bishop Willimon served as dean of the chapel and professor of Christian ministry at Duke University for 20 years. He has given lectures and taught courses at many pastors’ schools and at colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia.

Bishop Willimon is a graduate of Wofford College, Yale Divinity School and Emory University. He has been awarded honorary degrees from many esteemed institutions including Wofford College, Lehigh University, Colgate University, Birmingham-Southern College and Moravian Theological Seminary. In 1992, he was named the first Distinguished Alumnus of Yale Divinity School.

He isthe author of more than 60 books and 600 articles that have appeared in publications including The Christian Ministry, Liturgy, Worship and Christianity Today.

The Hamilton Lecture Series brings outstanding religious spokespersons to Young Harris College to discuss faith-based topics. It was established by Mr. and Mrs. Kirby Strain, along with other members of their family, to honor Mrs. Strain’s parents, Rev. George Wharton Hamilton and Naomi Barton Hamilton. Rev. Hamilton was a 1907 graduate of Young Harris College who served on the YHC faculty and was active as a minister in the North Georgia Conference for 37 years.

For more information about the event, call (706) 379-5166.

About Young Harris College
2011 marks the 125th anniversary for Young Harris College, a private, baccalaureate degree-granting college located in the beautiful mountains of north Georgia. Founded in 1886 and historically affiliated with The United Methodist Church, Young Harris College educates, inspires and empowers students through the highest quality liberal arts education. Long known for nurturing students during the first two years of college, Young Harris College received accreditation in 2008 to grant bachelor’s degrees. The College currently has approximately 900 students across four divisions—Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences—and plans to increase enrollment to 1,200 over the next few years. The historic campus in Young Harris, Ga., is currently undergoing major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth, including recent completion of a 200-bed, LEED Silver-certified residence hall, Georgia’s first higher education facility north of Atlanta to achieve this certification, a 57,000-square-foot, LEED-certified recreation center, the second higher educational recreation facility in Georgia to achieve this certification, and a 148-bed, apartment-style residential village. Earlier this year, the College was granted candidacy for NCAA Division II athletics. For more information, visit www.yhc.edu.