HOUSTON (SWBTS) – The addition of three new faculty members to the campus of the J. Dalton Havard School for Theological Studies in Houston illustrates the rapid pace of growth for Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s Southeast Texas program, Seminary President Paige Patterson said during convocation ceremonies at the Houston campus Aug. 22.
Patterson praised the quality of the existing and new faculty and the Christian education offered on the Houston campus. He also noted his appreciation for the leadership and experience of Denny Autrey, the school’s dean.
Miles S. Mullin II and Douglas A. Wood were both appointed to the faculty of the Havard School for the 2005-2006 academic year. Mullins will serve as assistant professor of church history, while Wood will serve as associate professor of education and worship. Wood also will oversee worship in chapel.
Convocation, or the annual “calling together” of a faculty and student body is a 97-year tradition at the seminary, Autrey said. Southwestern Seminary Executive Vice President and Provost Craig Blaising presented the convocation address. He challenged those in attendance to remain “focused as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.”
Benjamin B. Phillips, who was elected by trustees as assistant professor of systematic theology for the Havard School, signed the seminary’s book of confessional heritage during the convocation ceremony. Signing the book symbolically indicates the agreement of faculty members to teach in accordance with and not contrary to The Baptist Faith and Message 2000, the confession of faith adopted by the 16.5 million members of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Patterson described capital improvements to the campus in the resurfacing and new lighting of the parking lot and the remodeling of offices for Houston’s growing faculty as evidence of the seminary’s commitment to the Havard School. These improvements also represent the commitment and partnership of Southwestern Seminary and its Houston Advisory Council, he said.
Early enrollment figures for the fall semester reflect an all time high for the Houston campus with an 18.5 percent increase in new students.