Wilsey and Wittman to join Southern Seminary faculty

Zachary Ball — May 24, 2017
John David Wilsey, associate professor of church history

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (SBTS) — A renowned church historian with expertise in foundational American ideas and a medieval theology scholar will be joining the faculty at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. John David Wilsey and Tyler R. Wittman will begin their professorships in the fall semester.

“John Wilsey is a wonderful scholar of American Christianity,” said SBTS President R. Albert Mohler Jr. “John Wilsey’s expertise, especially in issues of church and state and religious liberty in the United States, and his concern for accuracy and appreciation in terms of history, all of these are great gifts that he brings to this new position at Southern Seminary.” Read More >



Parker, Hall appointed as senior VPs at Southern Seminary

SBTS Communications — May 22, 2017
Craig Parker, senior vice president for institutional administration at Southern Seminary
Matthew J. Hall, senior vice president for academic strategy and dean of Boyce College

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (SBTS) — President R. Albert Mohler Jr. announced the appointment of two senior vice presidents at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, installing Craig Parker as senior vice president of institutional administration and Matthew J. Hall in a newly created role as senior vice president for academic strategy. Parker, currently vice president of institutional advancement, and Hall, dean of Boyce College, will both continue to serve in their current roles in addition to their new responsibilities.

Parker has previously served as vice president for business services and vice president for institutional advancement at Southern Seminary. He grew to know and love Southern Baptists through his service in administrative roles in Tennessee, including 15 years as senior administrator at Bellevue Baptist Church in Cordova — the church once pastored by Adrian Rogers and a significant church in the history of the Southern Baptist Convention. Read More >



Mohler to SBTS graduates: Celebrate divine calling as God’s messengers

Andrew J.W. Smith — May 19, 2017
Southern Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr. delivers the address at the May 19 commencement ceremony on the seminary lawn.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (SBTS) — Ministers of the gospel are not partakers in a career, but recipients of a divine calling, said President R. Albert Mohler Jr. in his May 19 commencement address to the 2017 graduates of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

During 219th commencement exercises on the seminary lawn, 318 master’s and doctoral students received degrees. A week earlier, 149 Boyce College students graduated, and the combined 467 degrees conferred to Southern and Boyce students represents the largest commencement in Southern Seminary’s history.

“At every Southern Seminary graduation we remind one another of the great and essential fact that the Christian ministry is not a mere profession — it is a divine calling,” said Mohler. “The ministry is one of Christ’s gifts to his church. It is among the most serious — and indeed the most serious — and joyous of all callings.” Read More >



Piper to Boyce College grads: Embrace life of self-denial

Andrew J.W. Smith — May 15, 2017

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (SBTS) — College graduates must reject a life of ease, comfort, and material possessions, and embrace the cross-bearing challenges of the Christian life, said John Piper at the May 12 commencement of Boyce College, the undergraduate school of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Piper, whose daughter Talitha was among…

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SWI Gala reveals ‘eternal fruit’ of Southern Seminary program

Annie Corser — May 11, 2017

Alumni and students gathered to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Seminary Wives Institute at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary with a May 4 gala. The event featured testimonies from graduates from 1999 to 2017, representing ministries from all over the world. Each testimony revealed the eternal impact of SWI from…

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Southern Seminary’s Giving Days raise $300K, alumni share testimonials

Andrew J.W. Smith — May 8, 2017

Social media testimonials and a community service project comprised the first-ever Giving Days event to raise over $300,000 for The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, April 20-23. The weekend gave students, alumni, donors, and faculty the opportunity to tell their stories, support the institution financially, and serve the community of Louisville….

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West Louisville pastor receives Francisco Preaching Award at SBTS

Zachary Ball — May 4, 2017

  LOUISVILLE, Ky. (SBTS) — The comfort of Scripture and promises of God are necessary to sustain pastors through the trials of ministry, said Larry Sykes Jr., Clyde T. Francisco Preaching Award recipient, during an April 27 chapel service at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. “The difficulties you may face…

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Gov. Bevin appoints Dumas to overhaul Kentucky’s adoption and foster care system

Colby Adams — May 3, 2017

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (SBTS) — Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin announced May 3 the appointment of Daniel S. Dumas, senior vice president for institutional administration at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, to lead a transformation of the state’s adoption and foster care system, effective June 19. “There is no reason a child…

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1937 Project volunteers provide hope and gospel conversations

Annie Corser — April 28, 2017

Despite inclement weather, 400 volunteers from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Boyce College participated in the fifth annual 1937 Project, April 22. The event commemorates the school’s relief efforts in the Great Flood of 1937, when the Ohio River rose to more than 50 feet, creating one of the…

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‘Step out of your comfort zones’ for foster care, Glenna Bevin tells SBTS Woman’s Auxiliary

Charissa Crotts — April 27, 2017

  LOUISVILLE, Ky. (SBTS) — Kentucky First Lady Glenna Bevin urged 300 attendees during an April 24 Woman’s Auxiliary luncheon at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary to step out of their comfort zones and get involved with foster care and adoption. Glenna and her husband, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, have…

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