In 1949 Fuller Theological Seminary instituted the Payton Lectures in memory of Dr. and Mrs. John E. Payton, parents of the late Mrs. Charles Fuller. The theme of the lectures falls within one of these areas: the uniqueness or confirmation of the historic Christian faith, the confutation of non-Christian or sub-Christian views, or the formulation of biblical doctrines.
1961 John Stott 'The Preacher's Portrait'
1963 Carl F. Henry 'Aspects of Christian Social Ethics'
1965 J. I. Packer 'The Problem of Universalism Today'
1968 F. F. Bruce 'The Relation of the Old Testament to the New'
1981 T. F. Torrance 'The Realist Basis of Evangelical Theology'
1982 Clark Pinnock 'Holy Scripture: Divine Treasure in Earthen Vessels
1983 Peter Stuhlmacher 'The Purpose of Romans'
1986 Geoffery Wainwright 'The Three-Fold Office of Christ'
1987 Alvin Plantinga 'Faith and Reason'
1989 Oliver O'Donovan - 'The Lost Cause of Political Authority'
1990 George Beasley-Murray - 'Gospel of Life: Theology in the Fourth Gospel'
1992 Elizabeth Achtemeier - 'Nature, God and Pulpit
1996 Jurgen Moltmann - 'Christianity and Western Values'
1997 Ronald Murphy 'Biblical Wisdom for Life'
2000 Stephen Carter 'Religion, Politics and the Third Commandment'
2003 Richard Bauckham - “The Historical Jesus and the Apostolic Testimony: Where History and Theology Meet.”
2004 Eldin Villafane - 'Three Themes Dear to the Heart of an Urban Ethicist: Discipleship, the Incarnation and Justice'
2005 Theophus Smith - "Return to Divine Providence: Essaying a Theology of Providence Today"
2006 Katharine Doob Sakenfeld - “Reading Scripture from Different Worlds: Old Testament Narratives as Read by Women of Post-Colonial and First World Societies”
2007 Darrell Guder - “Walking Worthily: Missional Leadership after Christendom.”
2010 Luke Timothy Johnson - “Spirit and Body: The Corinthians and the New Creation”
2015 James K. A. Smith