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McAfee School Of Theology Partners with AIB TV
to Bring Viewers ‘The 30-Minute Seminary’

January 4, 2010

Media Contacts:
Mark Vanderhoek
Mercer University
(478) 301-4037
Patty Mosteller
Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters
(404) 892-0454

ATLANTA – Mercer University’s James and Carolyn McAfee School of Theology will partner with Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters Inc. to bring viewers in the Atlanta area an inside look at what professors teach in their classes in a new 30-minute program, airing on AIB TV. “The 30-Minute Seminary” will feature professors delivering half-hour summaries of such courses as the Old Testament, the New Testament, theology, church history, ethics and worship – 14 different subjects in all.

“‘The Thirty-Minute Seminary’ is an idea that came from the McAfee faculty, and it posed a daring challenge for them: take your whole discipline and present it for a general audience in one 30-minute segment,” said Dr. R. Alan Culpepper, dean of the McAfee School of Theology. “McAfee is committed to serving the church and to being a resource for pastors and churches. Our hope is, that through this series, viewers will be challenged to advance their understanding and education in their faith.  Churches may choose to use these short video presentations with Sunday Schools, study groups or Wednesday evening programs.  Viewers can also get a taste of the curriculum at a seminary—and McAfee in particular.”

“The 30-Minute Seminary” will air on AIB TV for 14 weeks, beginning Jan. 28, 2010, and will air Thursdays at 5 p.m., Fridays at 1:30 p.m., Saturdays at 7 a.m. and Sundays at 6:30 a.m.  AIB TV can be viewed on Comcast – channel 5, AT&T U-Verse – channel 6 and Charter Communications (Smyrna, Roswell) – channel 22.

Scheduled program line-up:

Professor                                                      Program Subject
Dr. David G. Garber Jr.                                    Old Testament
Dr. Peter Rhea Jones Sr.                                The Parables of Jesus
Dr. R. Alan Culpepper                                     The Gospels
Dr. Thomas B. Slater                                      Revelation
Dr. Nancy L. deClaisse-Walford                       Biblical Languages
Dr. Graham B. Walker Jr.                                Christian Theology
Dr. William Loyd Allen                                     Baptist Heritage
Dr. Ronald W. Johnson                                    Evangelism and Mission
Dr. David P. Gushee                                        Christian Ethics
Dr. Larry L. McSwain                                       Leadership          
Dr. Denise M. Massey                                     Pastoral Care
Dr. James N. “Dock” Hollingsworth Jr.               Supervised Ministry
Dr. Brett Younger                                            Preaching
Dr. Karen G. Massey                                       Worship

About Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters Inc.:
AIB is the nation’s largest regional interfaith cable network and is celebrating its 40th Anniversary this year.  AIB has been providing faith-based communities and nonprofit service organizations access to a larger audience since 1969. AIB remains a destination for international dignitaries and media representatives because of its unique programming platform which promotes dialogue between all faiths, cultures and socio economic backgrounds.  AIB is a self-supporting organization and is seen in more than 1 million homes across 19 metro area counties.

About the James and Carolyn McAfee School of Theology
The McAfee School of Theology was established in 1996. Located in Atlanta on Mercer’s Cecil B. Day Graduate and Professional Campus, the School of Theology offers programs leading to the degrees Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry. The School of Theology also offers several joint programs: an M.Div.-Master of Business Administration, an M.Div.-Master of Science in Counseling and an M.Div.-Master of Arts in Church Music through the Townsend-McAfee Institute for Graduate Church Music Studies, a collaborative program between the School of Theology and the Townsend School of Music in Macon. For more information, visit

About Mercer University
Founded in 1833, Mercer University is a dynamic and comprehensive center of undergraduate, graduate and professional education. The University enrolls more than 8,000 students in 11 schools and colleges – liberal arts, law, pharmacy, medicine, business, engineering, education, theology, music, nursing and continuing and professional studies – on major campuses in Macon, Atlanta and Savannah and at three regional academic centers across the state. Mercer is affiliated with two teaching hospitals — Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah and the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon, and has educational partnerships with Warner Robins Air Logistics Center in Warner Robins and Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta. The University operates an academic press and a performing arts center in Macon and an engineering research center in Warner Robins. Mercer is the only private university in Georgia to field an NCAA Division I athletic program. For more information, visit
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