G. Hugh and Beverly C. Wamble Fund
Dr. G. Hugh Wamble taught church history at the Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Missouri from 1959 until his death in 1991 and was passionately devoted to the Baptist principle of religious liberty. He represented the Missouri Baptist Convention in legislative matters from 1967 to 1975 and was an acknowledged expert on the constitutionality of "parochiaid," government aid to religious schools. He was the author of The Shape of Faith, Baptists, Bible and Authority, Glossalalia in Christian History, and Through Trial to Triumph.
In 1997, at the request of Beverly Wamble, the J.M. Dawson Institute of Church-State Studies received a generous donation to establish the G. Hugh Wamble and Beverly C. Wamble Fund for Religious Liberty. In addition, the Institute received Dr. Wamble's extensive collection of theological and historical research, as well as his private papers and archives, which will be used to educate future generations of students.
G. Hugh and Beverly C. Wamble Symposium
October 12, 2021
Rev. Mitch Randall, CEO, Good Faith Media
"Native Reservations: Exploring the Hypocrisy and Hope of Religious Liberty Throughout American History"
October 8, 2019
Rev. Charles Foster Johnson, Executive Director of Pastors for Texas Children
"Religious Liberty, the Public School, & the Soul of America"
March 19, 2019
Judge Maurice B Foley, Chief Judge of the United States Tax Court
"His Glory, My Story"
October 9, 2018
Amanda Tyler, executive director of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty
"Unity in Our Differences: How Commitment to Religious Liberty for All Can Provide a Way Forward"
March 27, 2018
Melissa Rogers, Brookings Institution
"Faith in American Public Life: The Constitutional Framework and Current Controversies"
October 3, 2017
Dr. Elijah Brown, Executive Vice President of the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative.
"International Religious Freedom in an Age of Global Religious Revival"
April 5, 2017 Charles Watson, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty
October 13, 2016
Dr. Marvin A. McMickle, President, Professor of Church Leadership, and Director of the Program of Black Church Studies at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School
"Religious Liberty and Racial Injustice: Can You have One Without The Other?"
April 14, 2016
J. Brent Walker, Executive Director of the Baptist Joint Committee on Religious Liberty
"Zombie Lies from the World of Religious Liberty: Some Church-State Myths Just Won’t Die"
April 4, 2012
Charles Kimball, Presidential Professor and Director of Religious Studies, University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma
"Lethal Religion: The Explosive Mix of Religion and Politics in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam."
May 2, 2011
Dr. Kambiz GhaneaBassiri, associate professor of religion and humanities at Reed College in Portland, Oregon.
February 11, 2010
Dr. Elena Lisovskaya, Ph.D. Western Michigan University
"Orthodoxy, Islam, and the Desecularization of Russian State Schools,"
September 27, 2006
Dr. Brian Tierney, Cornell University
"Religion and Natural Rights: Historical Contexts and Contingencies"
April 1, 2004
Dr. James E. Wood, Jr., former director of Baylor University's J.M. Dawson Institute of Church-State Studies
"Religious Human Rights and A Democratic State"