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03/24/08 - Hawkins

Former Jarvis Professor To Deliver J.N. Ervin Lecture

Dr. Thomas Spann Dr. Thomas Spann

Dr. Thomas Spann, a former professor of religion at Jarvis Christian College will deliver the J. N. Ervin Lecture that is scheduled for Thursday, March 27, 2008, beginning at 11:00 a.m.

It will be held in the Smith-Howard Chapel on the Jarvis Christian College campus, and the event is open to the general public.

Born in Marshall, Texas, Dr. Spann is currently the Associate Director of The Intern Program at Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University.  During his tenure at Jarvis, he was an Assistant Professor of Religion. 

Prior to teaching at Jarvis he was an Instructor of Philosophy at Shorter College in Little Rock, Arkansas and a member of the Metropolitan Ministry Project with the Trenton Council of Churches.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts from Bishop College, a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, New Jersey and a Doctor of Ministry from Perkins School of Theology, at Southern Methodist University.

Dr. Spann was ordained in 1974 at Pine Bluff Baptist Church in Karnack TX.  Subsequently, he served as a Reserve Chaplain at Carswell Air Force Base in Fort Worth, Texas for six years.

Dr. Spann has served Perkins School of Theology for the past twelve years in such capacities as Member of the Women and Ethnic Concerns Committee, the Commission on the Status of Racial Minorities and more recently the Grievances and Appeals Committee.  He has also chaired the Community Life Committee and Pastoral Care Search Committee.  He has also accepted two SMU Presidential appointments.

He has published an article entitled, "An Interpretation of an African-American Prayer" in The Journal of Religious Thought, Howard University School of Divinity, Volume 51, Number 2, winter 1994-spring 1995, pp. 95-110. In addition, he is co-writer of a chapter in the forthcoming book, Discourse: Equipping the Saints to Be Reflective Theological Leaders" with W.J. Bryan, III, Isabel N. Docampo, and Barry E. Hughes.

Dr. Spann gives his time to the community as a mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters and was a former mentor in the "I Have A Dream" Ministry from 1992-2000.

He is married to Cynthia and has two children, Monique and Thomas, Jr. and three grand children.

Cathryn Khalil, reporting.

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