Award affirms professor's ministry impact

Rick Yount, assistant dean of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s School of Educational Ministries, was honored for his scholarship and practical contributions to the field of Christian education at the meeting of the North American Professors of Christian Education (NAPCE) in Louisville, Ky., Oct. 15-17.

Southwestern prizes Yount’s accomplishments, said Waylan Owens, dean of educational ministries, because this award “tangibly affirms” his and the faculty’s enjoyment of Yount’s ministry as professor and minister of education.

Yount’s impact is not limited to the Southwestern family, a fact also affirmed by this award, said Owens.

“On this earth, perhaps the most significant recognition of any man’s work is recognition by his peers,” he said.

“Dr. Yount is receiving this award, not for what he did yesterday or even last year, but rather that Christian educators across the country have seen and benefitted from his service in Christian Education over more than three decades.”

The NAPCE confirmed Yount as the recipient of the Warren Benson Distinguished Christian Educator of the Year Award, named after Southwestern alumnus Warren S. Benson (1957 MRE).

Yount earned both his masters (1975 MARE) and his doctorate (1978 PHD, Foundations of Education) from Southwestern, and he has taught at the seminary since 1981.

Yount has also served in church positions as a minister of education, as a minister to the deaf in local and international contexts, as well as various teaching assignments at home and abroad.

In addition to his church and faculty positions, Yount has authored, co-authored and edited several books and articles in the arena of Christian education, including Created to Learn, a gold medallion finalist for the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association; Teaching Ministry of the Church; and Called to Teach.

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