As a professional and business owner, I have developed an understanding of the importance of giving back to the community. As a proud supporter of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, I find it very rewarding to give back by volunteering my time and knowledge to faculty and students who stand for the truth, the church and the Glory of God. At the Seminary, students have the opportunity to cultivate their education and strengthen their faith under the tutelage of strong men and women of God who help direct their lives down a Godly path. I am involved in the Seminary as a board member for the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Foundation, and I am honored to be able to give back to an organization that offers so much.
The Southern Baptist Convention, with 15 million members, is the largest Protestant denomination in the country. The oldest of the six seminaries affiliated with the Convention and perhaps most influential seminary is the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, located in Louisville, Kentucky. It is one of the world’s largest theological seminaries with a full-time equivalent enrollment of over 2,000 students. It was founded in Greenville South Carolina, but was closed during the Civil War and moved to Kentucky in 1877. All 50 states and 41 countries are currently represented in the student body.
The Seminary became an innovator in theological education at the outset of its founding in 1859 when it became the first seminary of the Southern Baptist Convention. The school’s first president, James Petigru Boyce, envisioned a school that would accept any individual called by God for study regardless of their educational background. For over 150 years, the seminary has held fast to its theological and intellectual beliefs by standing firm on the founding faculty’s vision. In 1895, Southern became one of the first seminaries in the United States to offer the PhD degree. During the 1970’s and 1980’s, it had the largest accredited PhD program in religion in the nation. The Southern Seminary’s legacy is a result of the faculty and administration’s pledge to offer a place where students could prepare themselves to proclaim God’s Word to the nations.
For more than 20 years, Albert Mohler has served as the president at Southern Seminary. He began as a student in 1980, sent by his pastor and state college professors who had a fondness for the school. His love for the school grew as he discovered the many wonderful things happening on-campus and joined the ranks of brilliant scholars eager to learn and develop themselves in the faith. When he came back as president in 1993, Mohler became part of a large movement aimed toward turning the seminary away from the hard, left turn toward liberalism and back toward its Baptist roots. Now, under Mohler’s leadership, the school remains a place that students graduate from with an ever-greater passion for the gospel, deeper foundations in the faith and a greater sense of calling to go out into the world.
I respect and appreciate the Seminary’s core tenet: Under the Lordship of Jesus Christ, to be totally committed to the Bible as the Word of God, the Great Commission as our mandate, and to be a servant of the churches of the Southern Baptist Convention by training, educating, and preparing ministers of the gospel for more faithful service. Southern is more than just an important part of history; it shapes its students’ culture in the present, and continues with them in their future endeavors. If you or someone you know are interested in learning about the seminary, its teachings and available courses, or opportunities to be a part of the global campus, I encourage you to visit their website to learn more.
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