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Hellams named VP, president’s chief of staff at Southern Seminary

James A. Smith Sr. — August 26, 2014
Tom Hellams, vice president for denominational relations and chief of staff, Office of the President

Tom Hellams, vice president for denominational relations and chief of staff, Office of the President

Tom Hellams has been named vice president for denominational relations and chief of staff, Office of the President, at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, President R. Albert Mohler Jr. announced Aug. 19.

“I’m very pleased that Tom Hellams is re-joining the Southern Seminary executive team,” Mohler said. “He is a man of rare gifts, deep commitment and an incredibly warm heart. He is also a man of incredible experience. This a welcome home to a friend and fellow servant. We are thrilled to have him return to Southern Seminary.”

Hellams, who will begin Sept. 1, is returning to Southern Seminary to a similar role he served previously, 1997-2006.

As vice president of denominational relations, Hellams’ responsibilities will include “assisting the institution to relate to the whole Southern Baptist Convention, including state conventions, in a way that would be most helpful to Southern Baptists in accomplishing all the Lord has assigned to us,” Mohler added.

Since 2006, Hellams has served as vice president of corporate relations at LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. In that capacity, Hellams represented LifeWay’s president in a variety of capacities to the LifeWay board of trustees, Southern Baptist Convention, state Baptist conventions and the Nashville business community. Read More >



Stinson cautions Southern Seminary students on the gravity of words

Hayley Schoeppler — August 22, 2014

Teachers of the gospel must restrain their tongues, said Randy L. Stinson, provost of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, to students and faculty in Alumni Chapel, Aug. 21. Speaking on the importance of words in life and ministry, Stinson said, “We’re all sinners; we’re all going to stumble with our…

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Mohler emphasizes centrality of theological education in convocation address

RuthAnne Irvin — August 21, 2014

Biblical teaching and theological education that promotes it are essential to the church of the Lord Jesus Christ, said R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, in an Aug. 19 convocation address. Seminary students are called to steward the gift of education in a way that…

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New home of Boyce College dedicated in grand re-opening of Mullins Complex

Hayley Shoeppler — August 20, 2014

The newly renovated home of Boyce College, the undergraduate school of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, was dedicated Aug. 19 in a ceremony led by President R. Albert Mohler Jr. “This is a day that marks a significant step forward for Southern Seminary and Boyce College and one we celebrate…

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McConnell discusses religious liberty at forum with Mohler, evangelical leaders

S. Craig Sanders — August 15, 2014

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (SBTS) — Evangelical Christians in Kentucky have “a clear choice in the U.S. Senate race” to preserve religious values, said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in an issues forum with Kentucky evangelical leaders, Aug. 14. “Elections have consequences,” said McConnell, describing the challenges facing voters after President…

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Boyce College appoints four new faculty in key academic roles

SBTS Communications — August 14, 2014

Boyce College, the undergraduate school of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, has appointed four new faculty members to play key roles in leading academic programs, including the popular worldview degree and the new business management program.

Bryan Baise, 30, will oversee and direct the worldview and apologetics degrees at Boyce College and serve as assistant professor of worldview and apologetics. Baise graduated from the University of Kentucky, received his master’s degree from Southern Seminary and is a Ph.D. candidate at the seminary.

“Bryan provides an intelligent, energetic personality and a winsome voice that will excite young Christians to think carefully about their worldview and how to engage other beliefs with confidence,” said Dan DeWitt, dean of Boyce College. “I am excited for his leadership in our worldview and apologetics program.”

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Southern Seminary faculty announced as members of new ERLC Research Institute

ERLC staff — August 11, 2014

 NASHVILLE (ERLC/SBTS) — The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention announced Monday the launch of a new Research Institute under the direction of its president, Russell D. Moore, and the appointment of an array of new scholars and professionals as research fellows, including 16 faculty and…

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Southern Seminary professors urge churches to participate in missionary activity

Daniel Ryan — August 7, 2014

Local churches must take ownership of the grand mission of God to the nations, said three professors at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary during a learning intensive on global missions for alumni, prospective students, and leaders, July 31–Aug. 1, 2014. The Alumni Academy event on global missions featured M. David…

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McConnell, Grimes invited to ‘Issues Forums’ with Kentucky evangelical leaders

James A. Smith Sr. — August 4, 2014

Three Kentucky evangelical leaders will host three “Issues Forums” with U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell and Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes to explore matters of concern to evangelical Christians. McConnell has accepted the invitation. Grimes is reviewing the invitation. The forums will be hosted by R. Albert Mohler Jr.,…

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Kody Gibson named Southern Seminary’s admissions director

S. Craig Sanders — July 30, 2014

The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary has named Kody Gibson its new director of admissions as the institution heads into an academic year marked by historic enrollment numbers. Gibson, 29, graduated from Southern Seminary with his M.Div. in 2012, and most recently served as the seminary’s associate director of admissions. He…

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