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National author and speaker, Ryan Burge, will be the guest speaker for the Greene Lectureship at Gardner-Webb University on Tuesday, March 5, in Dover Chapel. Burge is an expert on the “Nones” — religiously unaffiliated Americans — and has been featured in the “New York Times” and appeared on “60 minutes.”

The event is free and open to the public, and three lectures will be offered throughout the day:

  • 9 a.m. – “The Rise of the Nones: A 50-Year History of the American Religious Landscape.”
  • 10:15 a.m. – “All Nones Are Not the Same: A Closer Examination of Non-Religion in the United States.
  • 1 p.m. – “Religion Has Become a Luxury Good — The Implications for American Democracy and Culture.”

Questions or Assitance?

For more information about the program, please contact Lisa Hollifield at

Auxiliary aids will be made available to persons with disabilities upon request 10 working days prior to the event. Please call 704-406-4270 or email with your request.

About the Green Lectures

Established in 1993 in honor of the Rev. and Mrs. C.O. Greene of Lawndale, N.C., the Lectureship was established to preserve the legacy of excellence in pastoral ministry characterized by Greene, who served for approximately 14 years as director of Missions for the Kings Mountain Baptist Association (now Greater Cleveland County Baptist Association). Prior to that ministry, Greene served as pastor of four churches in Cleveland County and of two other churches in North Carolina. The Lectureship is administered by the Pittman Center for Congregational Enrichment and funded by family members, friends, and members of churches where the Greene served as pastor. Held annually on the GWU campus, the Lectureship’s purpose is to addresses various dimensions of pastoral ministry.

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