MEDIA ADVISORY: Astronaut Jeff Williams to speak live from International Space Station in Aug. 30 SBTS chapel service

Communications Staff — August 26, 2016

Jeff Williams NASALOUISVILLE, KY (SBTS) — NASA astronaut Jeff Williams is scheduled to participate in a live interview with R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, on Aug. 30 at 10 a.m. during the seminary’s chapel service in Alumni Memorial Chapel. The event is open to the seminary community and will be livestreamed at

A friend of SBTS who has previously spoken on campus about his explorations, Williams and his Soyuz crewmates were launched on a 172-day mission to the International Space Station on March 18 of this year. On Aug. 24, Williams surpassed Scott Kelly’s previous record of 520 days to become the American with the most cumulative days in space. The current mission is Williams’ fourth spaceflight and third long-duration stay on the space station.

Williams previously appeared in the August issue of Southern Seminary’s newsmagazine Towers, in which he talked about his spiritual devotion aboard the ISS. “There certainly is an acute awareness and appreciation of God’s creative and providential work given the literal ‘worldview’, and that awareness does energize reading and prayer,” Williams said. The impact Williams’ experiences in space have on his worldview will be discussed further in the Aug. 30 interview with Mohler.

The ninth president of Southern Seminary, Mohler is a widely sought commentator on evangelical convictions on theology, politics, and cultural issues. In addition to his daily podcast “The Briefing,” Mohler has authored numerous essays and books, including most recently We Cannot Be Silent: Speaking Truth to a Culture Redefining Sex, Marriage, and the Very Meaning of Right and Wrong.
For more information on this event, contact media relations director Colby Adams at (502) 897-4000 or

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