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Former atheist will answer hard questions at Cumberlands


Williamsburg, Ky.— Former atheist Dennis Pethers will visit University of the Cumberlands (UC) on September 5, 6 and 7 to share his story with students, churches and the community. The Brit will visit several groups during his 3-day stay, and plans to listen to and discuss “the tough questions” that people have about Christianity.

Pethers was invited to UC to share his story and unique perspective on Christianity through Baptist Campus Ministries (BCM) and the Missions and Ministry Department at UC.

“We all have a story,” said Dean Whitaker, director of UC’s BCM. “He wants to share his story, listen to other’s stories, and tie it all in to the big picture—Christ’s story.”

Pethers is being hosted by 3 BCM’s in Kentucky—NKU, UC and WKU—after speaking at the Kentucky Baptist Convention’s Evangelism Conference in February. The campus ministers at those universities found Pethers’ story to be inspiring, and asked him to share it with their students and communities in Kentucky.

Pethers’ itinerary while at UC is as follows:

• Wednesday Sept. 5, 7:00 p.m.: Pethers will speak at the Main Street Baptist Church prayer meeting.

• Thursday Sept. 6, various times: Pethers will discuss his story with students in several classes on UC’s campus.

• Thursday Sept. 6, 12:15 p.m.: Pethers will join students in the UC Grill for a Question and Answer session.

• Thursday, Sept. 6, 5:00 p.m.: Pethers will join students in UC’s Roberts Dining Hall (“the Cafe”) for a Question and Answer session.

• Thursday, Sept. 6, 8:00 p.m.: Pethers will share his story and responses to tough questions with students at UC’s Gatliff Chapel.

• Friday, Sept. 7, noon: Pethers will lead a roundtable meeting at the Cumberland Inn’s Patriot Room, where he will present his story to pastors and church leaders in the community. To register for this event or for more information, contact Whitaker at

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; twelve graduate degrees, including two doctorate, two specialist and eight master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.