Crumley Lecture

This endowed lecture series honors the Rev. Dr. James Crumley, former President of the Lutheran Church in America. It brings to campus leaders who are outstanding in their fields and glad to articulate their sense of Christian vocation. The lecturers and the titles of their presentations:

Photo of Dr. Jennifer Wiseman

Jennifer Wiseman, Ph.D.

"What No One Had Seen Before"
September 23, 2014


Jonathan Reckford in front of a Roanoke College Banner

Jonathan Reckford
CEO Worldwide, Habitat for Humanity

"Working Together to Build Homes, Community and Hope"
September 3, 2013


Rick Steves speaking at Roanoke

Rick Steves
Travel Author and Television Personality

"A Calling to Travel"
March 12, 2013


Robert Benne giving a lecture

Robert Benne
Director of the Center for Religion and Society at Roanoke College

"Long Obedience in the Same Direction"
March 29, 2012


Jean Bethke Elshtain giving a lecture

Jean Bethke Elshtain 
Laura Spelman Rockefeller Professor of Social and Political Ethics at the University of Chicago Divinity School, member of the President's Council on Bio-Ethics
"The Blessings and Burdens of a Christian Political Philosopher" 
March 31, 2011

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M. Roy Schwarz, MD 
Senior Vice President of Medical Education and Science at the American Medical Association

"Faith, the Ongoing Miracle for a Physician"
March 25, 2010


Judge Humes Franklin, Jr. in front of a bookshelf full of books

Judge Humes Franklin, Jr. 
Chief Judge of the 25th Circuit Court of Virginia

"Whether Judges and Lawyers Too Can Be Saved" 
April 2, 2009


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Ambassador Robert Seiple 
President and CEO of the Council of America's First Freedom

"Doves, Snakes, and Giants: Reflections on a Life's Journey"
March 27, 2008


Martin E. Marty giving a speech

Martin E. Marty
Fairfax Cone Professor Emeritus of the University of Chicago

"A Sense of Place; And A Sensible Use of Time"
March 29, 2007

Christopher Cock giving a speech

Christopher Cock
Director of choral ensembles at Valparaiso, head of the Bach Institute, and Duesenberg Professor of Lutheran Music

"Giving Voice to the Spirit-A Musician's Calling."
March 30, 2006

Cock Lecture

Uwe Siemon-Netto speaking at Roanoke College

Uwe Siemon-Netto

"Called to the Beat: Christian Convictions and the Life of Journalism"
March 30, 2005Mr Siemon-Netto is conversing with Bishop James Crumley, '48, for whom the lecture series is named.

Siemon-Netto Lecture

2004 - March 31 - Joseph Swanson, Professor of Finance and CEO of Joseph Swanson & Company, "Wealth and Poverty: Economic and Christian Perspectives." Swanson Lecture

2003 Robert Tuttle, Professor of Law at the George Washington University Law School "Two Kingdoms and Two Clauses: Supreme Court Rulings on Church-State Issues."

2002 - Rev. Dr. Julius Filo, President of the Lutheran Church of the Augsburg Confession of Slovakia "Keeping the Faith Before and After Communism."

2001 - John Stumme, Director of Studies for the Division for Church in Society of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America "Two Cities, One City, or No City?" Stumme Lecture

2000 - Paul Hinlicky, Jordan-Trexler Professor of Religion at Roanoke College "The Spirit of Christ Amid the Spirits of the Postmodern World."

1999 - L. Milton Woods, former treasurer of the Lutheran Church in America "It is Enough."