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Jan. 16, 2008

For Immediate Release


By Joan C. McKinney, director of university communications

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – Dr. Joseph Owens, pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church in Lexington and a member of Campbellsville University’s Board of Trustees, will be speaking at Campbellsville University’s chapel at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13 at Ransdell Chapel.

The event is free and open to the public.

“Dr. Owens is a 1977 graduate of Campbellsville University, and we are glad to have him back on campus as an alumnus, pastor and member of our Board of Trustees,” said John Chowning, vice president for church and external relations and executive assistant to the president.

“We invite the public to this event and to the others we will be having in the month of February to celebrate Black History Month,” Chowning said.

Other CU events celebrating Black History Month include a chapel presentation Feb. 6 by Dr. William H. Turner, National Endowment for the Humanities Chair in Appalachian Studies at Berea College, and member of the CU Board of Trustees, at 10 a.m. in the Ransdell Chapel; and the SOS Gospel Group from Simmons College of Kentucky in concert at 7 p.m. Feb. 19 in Ransdell Chapel.

All events are free and open to the public.

Owens has served eight years as pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church. He served as pastor of Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Midway, Ky., for 11 years and seven years as pastor of Second Baptist Church in Vincennes, Ind.

Owens is chair of the Black Church Coalition of the Bluegrass in Lexington, member of the board of Building A United Interfaith Lexington Through Direct Action, member of the National Board of Directors of Direct Action Research Training (DART), member of the board of directors of North Lexington Branch YMCA and moderator of the Consolidated District Baptist Association.

Owens is a 2000 graduate of United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, where he received his doctor of ministry. He is a 1980 graduate of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., where he received his master of divinity and master of religious education degrees.

He received his bachelor of arts in Christian studies from Campbellsville College in 1977.

Owens was ordained by Emmanuel Baptist Church in Louisville in December 1980. He was licensed to preach at First Baptist Church in Campbellsville in March 1975.

A native of Lebanon, Owens is one of seven children born to Mr. and Mrs. George Owens Jr. He is married to Elizabeth White Owens of Jacksonville, Fla., who is also a 1977 graduate of Campbellsville College. She is employed with the Fayette County Schools as a child guidance specialist. They have two children, Charisa Jené and John Mark Owens.

Chapel is designed to provide opportunities for corporate worship and exposure through of a variety of informative speakers and presentations. All chapels are open to the public free of charge.

For more information, contact the Office of Campus Ministries at (270) 789-5227 or Ed Pavy, director of campus ministries, at ecpavy@campbellsville.edu.

Campbellsville University is a private, comprehensive institution located in South Central Kentucky. Founded in 1906, Campbellsville University is affiliated with the Kentucky Baptist Convention and has an enrollment of 2,405 students who represent 98 Kentucky counties, 25 states and 29 foreign nations. Listed in U.S.News & World Report’s 2008 “America’s Best Colleges,” CU is ranked 22nd in “Best Baccalaureate Colleges” in the South and eighth in the South for “Great Schools, Great Prices.” CU has been ranked 15 consecutive years with U.S.News & World Report. The university has also been named to America’s Best Christian Colleges®. Campbellsville University is located 82 miles southwest of Lexington, Ky., and 80 miles southeast of Louisville, Ky. Dr. Michael V. Carter is in his ninth year as president.