The Herschel H. and Frances J. Hobbs Lectureship in Baptist Faith and Heritage was OBU’s first endowed lectureship.
Friends of the late Dr. Hobbs, who was longtime pastor of First Baptist Church, Oklahoma City, and the late Mrs. Hobbs created this endowed fund in honor of the couple’s years of outstanding Christian service.
The Hobbs Lectureship program sponsors a lecture on the OBU campus every semester. The lectures are designed to help students grow in their knowledge of Baptist theology, Baptist history, studies of the Bible and other related themes. The lectureship began in the fall of 1980.
The J.M. Gaskin Lectureship was established by friends of Dr. J.M. Gaskin and advocates for the preservation of Oklahoma Baptist history and heritage. The objectives of the lectureship are to provide and sustain a series of lectures which will preserve and promote the study of Oklahoma Baptist history and heritage. These lectures are made available to OBU students, many of whom will be future leaders of churches in the state.
The lectureship also is designed to honor and recognize the significant contributions of Dr. Gaskin, Oklahoma Baptists’ first historical director. The Gaskin Lectures began in 1992 and are given every fall semester.
The Minter Lectureship in American Business Practice is underwritten by 1940 OBU graduate Lloyd G. Minter of Bartlesville. His desire to help OBU religious vocation students broaden their understanding of the business community led to establishing the innovative lecture series. The annual series began in 1991 and is hosted every spring semester on the OBU campus.
The rationale behind the Minter Lecture Series is that adding a sound understanding of the business world to the educational experience of church ministry majors can broaden their ability to minister effectively.
The Minter Lectureship is designed to provide orientation and training for those students in the history and nature of the American economic system and to help the students understand and appreciate the business/ professional community. It also promotes proper management of personal finances.