The Papers of Grady C. Cothen
Special Collection; Samford University
Samford University Library
800 Lakeshore Drive
Birmingham, Alabama 35229
Processed by: Hutchens
Date Completed: April 1996
Accession No.: SC 4515; SCAV 1075, 1077; ARL 475 - 564
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Scope and Content
Title: The Papers of Dr. Grady Coulter Cothen
Creator: Dr. Grady C. Cothen
Extent: 12 Linear ft.
Repository: Samford University; Special Collection
Abstract: The Papers of Dr. Grady C. Cothen contain the collection of Dr. Cothen's materials from a career spanning over forty years of service to the Southern Baptist Convention. Over the years he has served in many capacities including pastor, state convention executive secretary-director, university president, and seminary president. His collection contains information from the years 1937 - 1995.
The Grady C. Cothen Collection of materials was presented to the Special Collection Department of the Samford University Library on February 24, 1996 by Dr. Grady C. Cothen.
The Papers of Dr. Grady C. Cothen; Special Collection; Samford University; Birmingham, Alabama.
Born: Poplarville, Ms., August 2,1920
Son of: Rev. & Mrs. J. H. Cothen
Married: Martha E. (Bettye) Major
Children: Grady, Jr., Carole Shields
Education: Graduate of Hattiesburg High School, Mississippi College,
New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
Ordained to Baptist Ministry, Richton, Ms. Baptist Church, 1939
Chaplain, U. S. Navy, 1944-46
Pastor: White Oak Baptist Church, Chattanooga, Tn. 1946-48
Olivet Baptist Church, Oklahoma City, Ok. 1948-59
First Baptist Church, Birmingham, Al. 1959-61
Executive Secretary, Southern Baptist General Convention of Ca.
1961 – 1966.
President of Oklahoma Baptist University 1966-70
President of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary 1970-74
President of Southern Baptist Sunday School Board 1975-84
Executive Board, Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma
Executive Board, Alabama Baptist Convention
Board of Trustees of Oklahoma Baptist University
Board of Trustees of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
Executive Committee and General Council, Baptist World Alliance.
Executive Committee, American Association of Theological Schools
Foreign Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention
Metropolitan Board, YMCA, Nashville, TN.
Baptist Joint Committee
Oklahoma Commission on Education-Gubernatorial
appointment. Elected by Commission to be chairman of
the committee on Education. (Commission formed by legislature to recommend future of education for state from 1968-2000.)
First Vice President of Southern Baptist Convention
Chairman, Committee on Academic and Theological Education, Baptist World Alliance
Chairman, Committee on Education and Evangelism, Baptist World Alliance
Distinguished Visiting Professor, Louisiana College
National President of Alumni Association, New Orleans
Baptist Theological Seminary
Distinguished Alumnus Award, New Orleans Baptist Seminary
Order of The Golden Arrow, Mississippi College
E. Y. Mullins Denominational Service Award, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Listed in Who's Who in America since 1970 until retirement.
Doctor of Divinity, Mississippi College
Doctor of Divinity, California Baptist College
Doctor of Laws, William Jewell College
Doctor of Humanities, University of Richmond
Doctor of Humane Letters, Campbell University
Doctor of Humane Letters, Oklahoma Baptist University
Gheens Lectures in Religious Education, Southern Baptist Seminary
Lectures in Christian Theology, Stetson University
Spell Lectures, Mississippi College
Layne Foundation Lectures, New Orleans Baptist Seminary
Hobbs Lectures on Baptist Heritage, Oklahoma Baptist University
Hester Lectures, Association of Southern Baptist Colleges
Marney Lecture, Carson-Newman College
The God of The Beginnings
Faith and Higher Education
Unto All The World: Bold Mission
What Happened to The Southern Baptist Convention?
The New SBC: Fundamentalism's Impact on The
Southern Baptist Convention
Numerous Articles for Religious and professional journals.
Scope and Content
This collection consists of letters, manuscripts (sermons, addresses, books, chapters for books, some dictated materials for various purposes, etc.) photos, audio tapes and miscelaneous items of a personal nature. A number of reports both written and taped made to various boards and groups are included.
Several scrapbooks containing news clippings of various activities were prepared across the years by either clerical persons or family members. Books of letters from friends and professional acquaintances are included.