Divinity professor Dr. Fisher H. Humphreys was named the inaugural recipient of the Beeson Divinity School Teaching Award at Samford University.
The award, made possible by a gift from a former Beeson Divinity School student, will be given annually. It is the first award established to recognize a Beeson Divinity professor.
"This award recognizes the enduring influence of our wonderful Beeson faculty on the lives and ministries of our students," said Beeson dean Dr. Timothy F. George in presenting the award to Dr. Humphreys. "Each of our faculty members is invested in the spiritual and pastoral formation of our students as well as in their academic preparation for service in Christ's church. It is appropriate that Dr. Fisher Humphreys receive this first award," said George.
Humphreys has served on the Beeson faculty since 1990. A specialist in the area of systematic theology, he is the author of more than 10 books, including Thinking About God, and many journal articles. He has served as pastor of churches in Mississippi, Alabama and Illinois.
Anna Teel of Mt. Pleasant Miss., was named this year's Distinguished Beeson Student. A former president of the 225-member Beeson Divinity School student body, she will receive a Master of Divinity degree during Commencement later this month.
Teel is youth director at First Baptist Church, Chalkville.