FORT WORTH, Texas (SWBTS) – The National Association of Church Business Administration (NACBA) has selected Robert Welch, dean of the School of Educational Ministries at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, to be inducted into their Church Management Hall of Fame as the “Significant Contributor to Church Management” for 2008. Welch will be recognized during the association’s annual meeting in Nashville, July 12-16.

Noting that he is humbled by the award, Welch says, “It’s an honor to be recognized because it puts me up there with some individuals who were my mentors, and it’s always nice to be compared to the people you look up to.”

Welch has been a member of the NACBA since 1984. For more than two decades, he has served as a regular seminar instructor with the NACBA certification program in Fort Worth, Texas, and Richmond, Va. His book The Church Organization Manual has been used as the standard reference book for the certification program since 1992. The money earned from the book is put back into the program in the form of scholarships for students and subsidizing the training centers.

Another one of Welch’s books, Church Administration: Excellence and Efficiency in Ministry, is recommended by the NACBA and is a course textbook for classes at Southwestern Seminary. The royalties from that book are used to fund a scholarship for handicapped students at Southwestern.

Welch occupies the Hugh Seborn Simpson Chair of Administration in Religious Education at Southwestern and has served as professor of administration since 1991. Prior to joining the faculty at Southwestern, he taught at the University of Oklahoma as well as Liberty University and Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary in Lynchburg, Va.

He also served as the church business administrator for Trinity Baptist Church of Norman, Okla., from 1982 to 1988, after retiring from 22 years of service in the Navy. In addition to the books he has authored, Welch has also contributed to numerous books, journals and magazines.