William Tullis (Bill) Lambert, Sr., EdD
Minister of the Gospel, Professor Emeritus (New Testament Literature and Interpretation), Harding University, and Director of Academics and Instructor in Biblical Studies for Spiritual Leadership Institute, A Program of Walnut Street Church of Christ, Dickson, TN.
– Born on a farm in Lawrence County, Mississippi, to Troy E. Lambert (carpenter and farmer) and Susannah Tullis Lambert (homemaker and seamstress), January 8, 1937
– Grew up on a small farm near Tylertown, Mississippi with two older brothers [Joseph J. and Jake E.] and one younger brother [Troy T.] (1948 – 1956).
– Received the Doctor of Education Degree in College Teaching, with a focus on teaching Greek and Biblical Interpretation, from the University of Arkansas . (Dissertation project: An Adaptive-Mastery System of Teaching Biblical Language and Biblical Interpretation; two dissertation committees – an external committee from select theological seminaries and graduate schools of religion to evaluate the Bible and Greek component and a committee of University of Arkansas Higher Education faculty to evaluate the educational component and approve total project), 1991.
– Made study tours in Rome, Greece, Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Palestine, England, and Japan.
– Received the Master of Arts Degree in English from Mississippi College, with a focus on grammar (thesis project: Formulas Using English Verb Auxiliaries for Translating Greek Verbs into Precise and Comprehensive English Verb Phrases), 1981. Did post-masters work in English at MC; Counseling at Mississippi State, Jackson; Old Testament Hebrew at Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, MS.
– Received the Bachelor of Arts Degree with a double major in Greek and Bible (minors in English, History, Philosophy, and Psychology) from Belhaven College (Jackson, MS) in 1970.
– Studied Bible at Freed-Hardeman University (then Freed-Hardeman College) receiving the AA degree [and an additional “Third-Year Program in Bible, that was not transferred toward my BA], 1956-59.
– After foolishly stopping-out to work for a year, graduated from Tylertown High School in 1956.
– Have preached in churches of Christ since 1952 (Preaching and Church Ministry)–1993 to present at Steprock Church of Christ, Searcy, AR. Also preached in teaching and evangelistic events in many churches in the US.
– Serving as volunteer and church sponsored chaplain and Bible teacher in retirement and nursing homes for at least forty years–at Harding Place weekly (1998 to 2011, sponsored by College Church of Christ) and The Crossing at Riverside Nursing and Rehabilitation Center weekly (2009 to present) as volunteer.
– Spoke several times on four college lectureship programs on biblical exegesis and exposition, ministry, Christian living, and family life.
– Edited two monthly religious papers with distribution of over 5,000 for several years. Also had articles on ministry and biblical teachings published in several religious magazines.
– Preached on daily radio programs for at least ten years.
– Speaker on a weekly television program in Jackson, Mississippi, for nineteen years (preaching, interviewing guests, and answering questions called in by listeners).
– Served as an Elder for 12 years in Jackson, MS, and 2 years in Searcy, AR
– Preached and Taught the Bible in Germany, The Bahamas, Saudi Arabia (to Non-Saudi Expatriates), Kenya, Mexico, Belarus, Singapore, Malaysia, Italy
Christian Educator Background:
– Taught New Testament, Greek, Biblical Interpretation, and Ministry; and served as Academic Dean, Interim President, and Vice president of Academic Affairs for Magnolia Bible College, Kosciusko, MS (1976-1982)
– Taught English, Greek, Preaching, New Testament, and Biblical Interpretation at Harding University for twenty-five years (1982-2007)
– Served as Director of Harding University School of Biblical Studies (1990-96)
– Led college students on short-term mission trips in Singapore, East Malaysia, Mexico, and Belarus, and some evangelistic campaigns in the USA.
Married to Dr. Helen Carter Lambert, Professor Emeritus, Harding University (Nursing), since 1957.
Two Sons – William T. Lambert, Jr., MCC, MS, LMFT, Minister of the Gospel, Counselor, and Marriage and Family Therapist, Dickson and Mount Juliet, Tennessee
Carter E. Lambert, PhD, President of Central Arkansas Christian Schools, Little Rock, AR
One Daughter – Joanna Berry (Mrs. Ken Berry), MS, LMFT, Homemaker, Counselor and Marriage and Family Therapist, Carmel, NY
Eight Grandchildren – Four Grandsons (Wm. T. Lambert, III, Carter Andrew Lambert, Matthew Hamilton Lambert, and Nathan Troy Lambert) and Four Granddaughters (Susanah Nicole Lambert, Jessica Faith Berry Conway, Kensey Marie Berry, Katarina JoAnna Lambert Davis)
Two Great Grandsons – Zane Lambert and Roman Davis
Slogan: “Not to be served, but to serve” (Mark 10:45).
Personal Mission: To submit my life to God and let Him work His plan for my life.
To so live that when I interact with others they will come face to face with Christ living in me (Galatians 2:20).