2020 IABCU Annual Meeting Information

The 2020 IABCU Annual Meeting will be held May 31-June 2. It will be hosted by Dr. Lonnie Burnett at University of Mobile. Registration for the conference will cover meeting attendance and meals, including a Sunday night dessert reception, Monday’s lunch, and Monday night’s banquet. The conference hotel is the Battle House Renaissance.

IABCU is delighted to welcome Dr. Timothy George as the 2020 Hester Lecturer.

Timothy George is the founding dean of Beeson Divinity School. As founding dean, he was instrumental in shaping its character and mission. On July 1, 2019, George transitioned from dean to research professor, teaching church history and doctrine.

He is a life advisory trustee of Wheaton College, is active in Evangelical–Roman Catholic Church dialogue, and has chaired the Doctrine and Christian Unity Commission of the Baptist World Alliance. He has served as senior theological advisor for Christianity Today and on the editorial advisory boards of First Things and Books & Culture. George is the general editor of the Reformation Commentary on Scripture, a 28-volume series of sixteenth-century exegetical comment.

A prolific author, he has written more than 20 books and regularly contributes to scholarly journals. His recent books include Reading Scripture with the Reformers, The Great Tradition of Christian Thinking: A Student’s Guide (with David Dockery), Our Sufficiency Is of God: Essays on Preaching in Honor of Gardner C. Taylor (with James Earl Massey and Robert Smith, Jr.), and Amazing Grace: God’s Pursuit, Our Response. His Theology of the Reformers (25th Anniversary ed., 2013) is the standard textbook on Reformation theology in many schools and seminaries and has been translated into multiple languages.

An ordained minister in the Southern Baptist Convention, George has served churches in Georgia, Massachusetts, Kentucky and Alabama. He and his wife, Denise, have two adult children.

Th.D., Harvard University
M.Div., Harvard Divinity School
A.B., University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
The historic Battle House Hotel stands on the site of an old military headquarters set up by Andrew Jackson during the war of 1812. Fresh from his victory at Horseshoe Bend, Jackson had arrived in Mobile to ward off invasion. When British forces made it clear they were headed toward New Orleans, Old Hickory marched to meet them from this hallowed spot. Stephen A. Douglas stayed at the Battle House the night he lost the presidency to Abraham Lincoln in 1860. A National Weather Service station was established at the Battle House Hotel. President Ulysses S. Grant signed a joint resolution of Congress authorizing the Secretary of War to establish a National Weather Service on February 9th, 1870. A fire originating in the north wing destroyed the hotel in 1905 and caused $450,000 in damages. The current Battle House, designed by Frank Andrews of New York, was erected on the site of the old building in 1908. In 1913, President Woodrow Wilson was honored at a breakfast given by the Chamber of Commerce at the Battle House. Due to hard economic times, the hotel closed in 1974, and furnishings were sold from the premises. Purchased by the Retirement Systems of Alabama in 2001, the official grand re-opening of the Battle House was held in 2007. In 2010,The Battle House became a proud member of the Historic Hotels of America, a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Over its history, the Battle House was visited by such notables as Jefferson Davis, Admiral Raphael Semmes, and Generals Bragg, Beauregard, and Taylor. Since the landmark Battle House reopened, Mobile’s living room has been welcoming visiting dignitaries, local socialites, and others desiring luxury accommodations in this historic hotel in Mobile.</p>
Reservations for the Battle House Renaissance may be made here at the rate of $152/night.