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Feb. 3, 2007
For Immediate Release


By Joan C. McKinney, director of university communications

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. –Campbellsville University will present Carolyn Blevins, retired associate professor of religion and noted Baptist historian at Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tenn., as the guest speaker for the university’s Baptist Heritage Lecturer Series at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26.

The address, which is free to the public, will be in the Little Auditorium of the Student Union Building.

“We are honored to have Professor Blevins on campus,” said Dr. Michael V. Carter, president. “Professor Blevins is well-known in the history of Baptist work, and she will provide insight that will be very interesting. We invite everyone to attend this very informative session.”

John Chowning, vice president for church and external relations and executive assistant to the president, said Campbellsville University’s Baptist Heritage Lecture Series is a part of the university’s Centennial Celebration which he chairs.

“The mission of Campbellsville University’s Baptist Heritage Lecture

Series is to promote the study, discussion and research of Baptist historical events, theological distinctives, traditions and leaders that are unique and essential to understanding who Baptists are,” said Chowning.

“Professor Blevins is very knowledgeable and engaging as she discusses Baptist events. Her address will be especially appealing to church pastors and members throughout Taylor and surrounding counties.

“We hope the community will attend and learn valuable Baptist heritage from Professor Blevins.”

Blevins taught at Carson-Newman College from 1976 to 2006. She served as director of the Honors Program from 1978 to 1992. She also was a high school teacher in Mississippi.

She received her bachelor of science degree from Carson-Newman College in 1959; her master of arts from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1961, and has done additional study at the University of Tennessee in church history and at Regents Park College, Oxford University, England in Baptist history.

She belongs to several professional organizations including: the Southern Baptist Convention Historical Commission where she served as a trustee from 1978 to 1986 and on the administrative committee from 1981 to 1986; president of the Southern Baptist Historical Society in 1986-87; president of the Whitsitt Historical Society in 1995-96; and memberships in the Baptist History and Heritage Society, Baptist Women in History and Global Women.

She has received several awards including: Lane Bryant Award, Carson-Newman College, 1978; Distinguished Faculty Award, Carson-Newman College, 1984; Writing Excellence Award, Baptist Sunday School Board, 1987; Norman Cox Award, Southern Baptist Historical  Society, 1991; Faculty Creativity Award, Carson-Newman College, 1996; Distinguished Service Award, Southern Baptist Historical Society, 1996; Betty Galloway Advocacy for Women in Ministry Award, TNCBF, 2005; Carolyn D. Blevins Service Award established by Baptist History and Heritage Society, 2006; and CBF Legacy Award 2006.

Blevins has a distinguished list of publications, according to Chowning, which include articles and journals in “Review and Expositor,” “Theological Educator,” “Baptist History and Heritage,” “Baptist Update,” and Baptist Sunday School Board publications including: “The Youth Teacher,” “Home Life,” The Deacon,” “Church Training,” The Deacon,” “Sunday School Leader,” “Bible Book Study for Youth” and others.

She is a deacon and Sunday School teacher and serves on various committees at First Baptist Church in Jefferson City, Tenn.

She is married to William L. Blevins; they have three children, Suzanne Wilkerson and Art and Alan Blevins and a deceased child, Kym Blevins. Her grandchildren are Alex and Sydney Blevins and Jaclyn and Noah Wilkerson.

Blevins enjoys reading, travel, Sudoku, jigsaw puzzles and having fun with her grandchildren. She is actively involved in the League of Women Voters and serves as voter service chair.

For more information about Blevins’ address, contact Chowning at or at (270) 789-5520.

Campbellsville University, now celebrating her Centennial year, 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 2,310 students who represent 100 Kentucky counties, 32 states and 28 foreign nations. Listed in U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” 14 consecutive years as one of the leading Southern master’s colleges and universities, Campbellsville University is located 82 miles southwest of Lexington, Ky., and 80 miles southeast of Louisville, Ky. Dr. Michael V. Carter is in his eighth year as president.