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Big Sandy Community and Technical College to Commemorate the Five Hundredth Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation

On Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017 at 6:00 pm EST, Big Sandy Community and Technical College will present a program entitled, Martin Luther 500: Assessing the Impact of the Reformation. 

On October 31, 1517, German monk Martin Luther offered his fellow theologians at the University of Wittenberg ninety-five theses refuting the Catholic doctrine on indulgences. In the words of historian Robert E. Lerner, Luther’s actions, “set off a chain reaction which rapidly resulted in the secession of much of northern Europe from the Catholic faith, thereby quickly affecting the religious practices of millions.” The Protestant Reformation would soon transform Western Civilization in fundamental ways. Martin Luther 500 will consider the impact of the Reformation on religion, art, science, and women. 

The program with open with original hymns composed by Martin Luther and performed by Clayton Case. Mr. Case is the Executive Director of the Mountain Arts Center and he also serves as a pastor at Ridgepoint Church in Prestonsburg.  Dr. Alan David Profit will give a presentation on Martin Luther. Dr. Profitt holds a B.S. in Psychology from Centre College, an M.A. in Philosophical Theology and a Doctorate of Ministry in Spiritual Formation from Asbury Theological Seminary. Dr. Profitt served as a pastor for more than thirty year and is currently a Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies at BSCTC. 

Timothy Smith will follow Dr. Profitt with “The Impact of the Reformation on Art.” Mr. Smith received a BFA in sculpture from Eastern Kentucky University and a Master in Fine Arts from the University of North Carolina in Greensboro. He has had more than fifty regional and international exhibitions of his work. He currently serves as an Associate Professor of Art at BSCTC.

Dr. Thomas Vierheller will assess the impact of the Reformation on science. Dr. Vierheller received his B.S. degree from Marietta College and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Botany from Ohio University. Dr. Vierheller currently serves as a Professor of Biology at Big Sandy CTC.

Michelle Fields will present the impact of the Reformation on women. Ms. Fields received her undergraduate degree from Alice Lloyd College and her M.A. from Marshall University. Ms. Fields teaches both English and History at Big Sandy CTC, and she is currently serving as the Chair of the Humanity Division at the college. 

Dr. Thomas Matijasic and Director Kathy Lowe of the Big Sandy CTC Library will serve as moderators of the event. 

Martin Luther 500 will take place in Room 102 of the Johnson Building on the Prestonsburg campus of Big Sandy Community and Technical College. The program is expected to last about two hours (6:00 pm – 8:00 pm). This is event is free and open to the public.