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W. L. Pickard, March, 1914; Sam J. Porter, February, 1917; W. R.
Cullom and Q. C. Davis, March, 1921; John R. Sampey, October-
November, 1922. The preaching and presence of these men and others
who aided in preaching at revivals at Wake Forest were stimulating
and helpful to the students and faculty and people of the town. For the
past ten years there have been in the church and college no revivals
like those of former years with large numbers of conversions among
the students, and many baptisms. In their place a week has been set
apart each year known as "Religious Emphasis Week," in which
phases of religious life and thought, sometimes knotty theological
problems, have been discussed by visiting teacher or preacher; but
they have not made any great appeal to the students and have not led
to conversions and have not been followed by baptisms.
It was as teachers and superintendents in the Sunday school that the
members of the faculty exercised their greatest influence on the
religious life of the students. A complete list of the superintendents is
given in the footnote. It is a roll of able and devoted men, and many
of them were superintendents of excellence. No one had all the
excellencies, and it is hoped that it will not be invidious to mention
here the extraordinary service rendered by Professor J. H. Highsmith
both to the Sunday school at Wake Forest and the Sunday school
work of the Baptist churches of the State in general. His interest in the
work led him to introduce a course in his department known as
Sunday School Method and Administration, a description of which
first appeared in the college Catalogue of 1911-12, and reads as
follows:
The Sunday school is the chief agent of the church in the performance of its
teaching function. The aim of this course is to train men for leadership in
administering the affairs of the modern Sunday school. The course of study is that
indicated by the Sunday School Board of the Southern Baptist Convention.
This course proved very attractive to students, and in teaching it
Professor Highsmith imparted to them some of his own enthusiasm,
with the result that the College was soon sending out a great number
of young men trained for work in the Sunday
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