All IFL events are free and open to the public.

Institute for Faith & Learning

Institute for Faith & Learning

Speakers Series 2016-2017

Unless otherwise noted, all speaker events are at 7:00 pm in Grace Chapel on the Hickory campus. All events are free and open to the public.


Mark Tranvik (photo)

Mark Tranvik

October 20
Mark Tranvik is Professor of Religion at Augsburg College in Minneapolis and  a Senior Fellow in the college's Christensen Center for Vocation.  He introduced and edited a modern version of Martin Luther's The Freedom of a Christian (Fortress Press) and recently authored Martin Luther and the Called Life (Fortress).

John Behr (photo)

John Behr

November 3
John Behr is the Dean of St Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in New York. He has published numerous monographs with St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press and Oxford University Press, most recently an edition and translation of the fragments of Diodore of Tarsus and Theodore of Mopuestia and a monograph on Irenaeus and a more poetic and meditative work entitled Becoming Human: Theological Anthropology in Word and Image (SVS Press, 2013). His current project is a study of the Gospel of St John.

Obery Hendricks (Photo: Random House)

Obery Hendricks

January 16, 10:00 AM, P.E. Monroe auditorium
Dr. Obery Hendricks is a commentator on the intersection of religion and politics in America. Cornel West calls him “one of the last few grand prophetic intellectuals.” Currently Hendricks serves on the Religion and Foreign Policy Working Group at the U. S. Department of State. Hendricks is the author of the bestselling book, The Politics of Jesus: Rediscovering the True Revolutionary Nature of Jesus’ Teachings and How They Have Been Corrupted (Doubleday, 2006), which the Washington Post called “Essential reading for Americans.”

Holly Taylor Coolman

March 23
Holly Taylor Coolman is Assistant Professor of Theology at Providence College in Providence, RI. She earned her Ph.D. from Duke University where her dissertation drew on Thomas Aquinas and John Calvin to consider theological accounts of Judaism. She has continued to focus on the convergences and divergences of a variety of groups within the household of faith.



Fall Semester Course Offering

"After the New Testament," with Dr. Jonathan Schwiebert

Mondays 7-9 pm, fall semester (8/31 - 12/7), at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church, Hickory

The course is free and open to the public. For more information contact Dr. Schwiebert at (828) 328-7184




Institute for Faith & Learning

The Lenoir-Rhyne Institute for Faith and Learning endeavors to provide programming that will contribute to and enrich “a culture of the intellect” that is theologically based. Its programs are directed at Christians of all traditions.

Everything you need to apply for admission is right here.