The Kirkpatrick Lecture is presented biennially, in odd years, featuring prominent historians in the Stone-Campbell heritage. The lectureship was founded in 1992 by Dr. Forrest H. Kirkpatrick of Wheeling, West Virginia. Dr. Kirkpatrick was a Life Member of Disciples of Christ Historical Society and had a long and deep interest in the Society and in sharing the history of the Stone-Campbell heritage.
Dr. Kirkpatrick had a distinguished career as an industrialist and as an educator. He served as an Executive Officer and as a member of the Board of Directors of Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Corporation. He served as Dean and Professor of Bethany College, Bethany, West Virginia, for 25 years. Dr. Kirkpatrick was also an ordained minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).