When Southern Seminary alumnus Drew Griffin launches Cross Church NYC in the fall of 2015, he hopes for it to be one of the first successful Southern Baptist plants in Manhattan in nearly seven years. He will minister in Yorkville, a neighborhood on the upper east side of Manhattan that has nearly 50,000 people and only one known gospel-preaching church.
“I can’t emphasize enough that there’s still tremendous need for church planters in urban areas and church planters up here in New York,” he said.
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary recently named David Bosch as the new business administration professor for Boyce College.
Dan DeWitt, dean of Boyce College, expressed excitement for Bosch’s hire.
“We are thrilled to announce Dr. David Bosch as our newest faculty member at Boyce College, and as the director of our business administration program,” DeWitt said.
When Jeremy Westbrook sensed the call to plant a church in Central Ohio, he didn’t know exactly where the Lord was calling him. When Dublin Baptist Church in Dublin, Ohio, wanted to plant a church in nearby Marysville, they didn’t know who to call. When a missions director connected Westbrook to Dublin eight years ago, “my where met their who,” the Southern Seminary alumnus recalls.
Westbrook was on staff at Kirby Woods Baptist Church in Memphis, Tennessee, when he entered the Doctor of Ministry program at Southern Seminary in 2007. Recognizing Westbrook’s calling to plant a church 35 miles north of Columbus, Ohio, Kirby Woods and Dublin established a church planting covenant in February 2008 to support the work of Living Hope Church.
A missionary in the heart of Mormonism June 9, 2015
When Travis Kerns was a child, a certain commercial kept popping up on his parents’ television. A man is riding his bike along the road when a Jeep speeds by and sends a cascade of water all over him. Drenched from head to toe, the cyclist catches up to the driver, whose Jeep is broken down on the side of the road. Instead of yelling at him, the cyclist pulls over, gets off his bike, and starts helping the driver as narration kicks in: “This message brought to you by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.”
The ad made an indelible impact on a young Kerns, lodging itself in his memory and reappearing at key moments throughout his life.
“I can still see it,” he says now. “Just like it was yesterday.”
He thinks of it in 1996, as a college student in his New Religious Movements course. The professor is lecturing on Mormonism, and Kerns feels the weight of the thousands of people who haven’t heard the true gospel. On that day, he resolves to live in Salt Lake City someday and take the gospel to Mormons. He thinks of it in 2007 when, as assistant professor of worldview and apologetics at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, he begins leading short-term mission trips to Salt Lake City, first just with Boyce College students, then Southern students, too. He thinks of it when he cycles — a regular habit he’s developed in recent years and his way of building rapport with unbelievers in his community.
After persevering for nearly two years through many difficulties, this Southern Seminary alumnus and current Ph.D. student has led a great awakening resulting in thousands of Christ followers and scores of churches in a spiritually dry region of Africa.
Six months after he and his family arrived to their new home in an African* village, Timothy* knelt beside the bed of his ailing daughter not knowing if she would survive. His family had battled constant illness acclimating to the mission field, and with scarce medical help, a combination of malaria and typhoid fever threatened his 9-year-old daughter’s life.
Southern Seminary leaders to participate in key events at SBC Annual Meeting in Columbus June 4, 2015
President R. Albert Mohler Jr. and other faculty of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary will participate in or host six scheduled events at the 2015 Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting and related gatherings in Columbus, Ohio, June 16-17, including a panel on same-sex marriage with SBC President Ronnie Floyd.
During the week of the annual meeting, Mohler will participate in the following events:
Boyce College is adding soccer to its slate of sports, according to its athletic department in a recent announcement. A men’s soccer program will begin competition in Fall 2015 in the Mid-East region of NCCAA Division II. Along with men’s basketball, it will be the second sport offered to students at the college.
“As Boyce has continued to grow, there has been a growing desire among the students to have another team,” said athletic director Blake Rogers. “Athletic programs uniquely provide students the opportunity to rally around a common identity. This creates good fellowship opportunities and enhances their experience.”
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary’s quarterly magazine recently received three awards from the Evangelical Press Association at its 2015 annual convention in Denver, Colorado, April 8-10.
“The Communications team is committed to serving readers of the Southern Seminary Magazine with excellence,” said Steve Watters, vice president for communications at the seminary. “So we're grateful for this thoughtful review and recognition from the Evangelical Press Association.”
The Association of Librarians and Archivists for Baptist Institutions recently honored a librarian at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary who retired after 45 years at the institution. Martha Powell, director of technical services at the seminary’s James P. Boyce Centennial Library, received the Betty Hurtt Meritorious Service Award during the ALABI annual meeting, April 22-24, at the Southern Baptist Convention building in Nashville.
“I was of course very surprised and honored by the award,” said Powell, who served at the library for 45 years under three different seminary presidents and in multiple roles: music librarian for 26 years, catalog librarian for 11 years, and director of technical services for eight years.
The Charles B. Keesee Educational Fund awarded a grant of $198,000 to The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary for upgrading the technology and furnishings of 10 classrooms, as well as two classrooms in the James P. Boyce Centennial Library, Crismon Hall, and the Mullins Room.
“We are very thankful for the support of the Kessee Foundation and for their continued generosity to The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary,” said Southern Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr. “This significant gift will assist us greatly as we make certain Southern Seminary is ready to seize the opportunities of the future. Most importantly, it will enhance our ability to train young ministers and missionaries in the classroom and beyond the physical classroom to the global mission field beyond.”