Dobbins Lecture Series Moved to Bethel Performing Arts Center

Bethel University’s Dobbins Lecture Series has been moved to the Bethel Performing Arts Center across from City Hall in McKenzie to accommodate the large number of those who have shown interest in attending the event. Dr. Donald G. Barnhouse will be the featured speaker for the lectures on Oct. 11-13.

The Dobbins Lecture Series is an annual event at Bethel where the role of religion in education and society is examined. The lecture series was established to honor Dr. C. Ray Dobbins, a 1941 graduate of Bethel, a former moderator of the Cumberland Presbyterian General Assembly, and a former editor of the Cumberland Presbyterian magazine. Catherine and B.F. Buchanan, Dr. Dobbins’ sister and brother-in-law, created the lectureship.

Currently the pastor of Bridgeport Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Pennsylvania, Donald Barnhouse completed his undergraduate work at Harvard University and has conducted post graduate work at the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton Theological Seminary and Villanova University.

Dr. Barnhouse has worked as a personal research assistant for evangelist Billy Graham and completed a 12-year run as a news analyst for CBS television where he wrote, produced, and provided on-air commentary on the network’s Philadelphia station. Barnhouse has visited 48 nations and has spent eight years living and studying in other cultures, including India, China, Indonesia, the Middle East, and Western Europe. He has also served as the executive director of a civic “watchdog” group in Philadelphia, and he has taught broadcast journalism, American government, state and local government, international relations, and political theory at Drexel and Eastern Universities.

In addition to serving as a minister for many years now, Barnhouse currently writes books for home schooling mothers, and he continues to teach on the college level the following topics: English Bible, news writing, political science, values exploration, and ethics.

Dr. Barnhouse will speak at 7 p.m., on Oct. 11, 12 and 13. The lectures are free and open to the public. For more information about the Dobbins Lecture Series, contact Dr. David Lancaster at 731-352-4218 or at