Robert D. and Barbara H. Whitten Endowed Lecture Series


The Robert D. and Barbara H. Whitten Endowed Lecture Series was established in 2018 by the Rev. Dr. Robert D. and Barbara H. Whitten of Springfield, Virginia to provide a lecture series focused on Expression of Christian Faith intersecting the Public Square. The Whittens are graduates of Baylor (Dr. Whitten, ‘55 and Barbara, ‘56). Dr. Whitten earned his Ph.D. under Henlee Barnette at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (1964) after which he became the pastor at Westwood Baptist Church (affiliated with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship) for 35 years. Dr. Whitten also worked as a Behavioral Therapist and Senior Therapist at the Pastoral Counseling of Northern Virginia until he retired in 2016. Barbara is a retired social worker in the public school system. The Whittens are pleased about the opportunity to further expand the discussion of Christian Faith.


Current Lecture-March 29, 2022

Color portrait of Dr. Bill J. Leonard

The Department of Religion is proud to host Dr. Bill J. Leonard as the speaker at the inaugural Robert D. and Barbara H. Whitten Endowed Lecture Series. Dr. Leonard is Professor of Divinity Emeritus, at the School of Divinity, Wake Forest University.  He came to Wake Forest in 1996, serving as Founding Dean of the School of Divinity, a position he held until 2010. Leonard’s research focuses on Church History with particular attention to American religion, Baptist studies, and religion in Appalachia.

Learn More about Dr. Bill J. Leonard.