category: Campus News “Forgiveness” the focus of annual Winter Worship Series, Feb. 6-8 category: Campus News | January 24, 2018 University President J. Randall O’Brien and Worship Leader Dr. Paul Magyar will lead the 2018 Winter Worship Series. (Jan. 24, 2018) – Carson-Newman University’s annual Winter Worship Series will be held Feb. 6-8 at First Baptist Church, Jefferson City. The series is free and open to the public. The theme of the 2018 series is ‘Set Free by Forgiveness: The Way to Peace and Healing.’ Five services will be held over three days featuring speaker Dr. J. Randall O’Brien and worship director Dr. Paul Magyar (see schedule below). O’Brien began his tenure as the 22nd president of Carson-Newman in 2008. He is a graduate of Yale Divinity School, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and Mississippi College. O’Brien served Baylor University for 17 years as professor and chair of the department of religion, acting dean of the George W. Truett Theological Seminary, visiting professor in the school of law, executive assistant to the president, and vice president for academic affairs, before serving as executive vice president and provost of the university. He is a decorated military veteran who served with the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam. Magyar has been a professional church musician for 38 years, serving congregations in Oklahoma, Alabama, Louisiana, Texas and Tennessee. He has taught courses in church music at Lipscomb University, Houston Baptist University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Since 2012, Magyar has served as associate pastor of Music/Worship at Central Baptist Church, Bearden in Knoxville, Tennessee. Schedule Tuesday, Feb. 6 9:30 a.m. – What Is Forgiveness? 7:00 p.m. – Why Should I Forgive? Wednesday, Feb. 7 9:00 p.m. – Baptist Collegiate Ministries B.A.S.I.C. (FBC Fellowship Hall) Thursday, Feb. 8 9:30 a.m. – How Do I Accept God’s Forgiveness? 7:00 p.m. – How Do I Forgive Myself?