New Faculty Spotlight, COVID-19 reminders, and more

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| Jul 26, 2021

"This Week on the Hill" is a weekly roundup of campus news, announcements, and events from Southwestern Seminary and Texas Baptist College.


New Faculty Spotlight

Join us in welcoming Blake McKinney, assistant professor of history at Texas Baptist College.

"I knew that God had called me to a life of Kingdom work in my teenage years, but it was not until my last year of undergraduate study that I discerned that He was leading me to a life of academic service. Through a combination of influences during my senior year of college I came to realize that my gifting and passion dovetailed in teaching.

"I benefitted greatly from attending a theologically strong Baptist liberal arts university, and I am thrilled by the opportunity to lead students in the engagement of faith and learning. I was impressed by the vision the administration has for TBC, and I am excited to be a part of this Christ-centered, Scripture-driven, and Student-focused community. Furthermore, I am excited by the collegiality of the TBC faculty and the chance to cooperate across disciplines to engage the minds of TBC students.

"I am most excited about serving Christ and His Church through leading students to integrate faith and learning. Jesus promised that the gates of Hell will not prevail against His Church, and I have the joy of demonstrating the truth of that promise through the teaching of history. I look forward to helping students see their place in Christ’s Church through the ages."

Southwestern Music Academy registration open

The Southwestern Music Academy is excited to open enrollment for the Fall 2021 Semester! This semester will bring back the Children's Choir and add a Chime Ensemble. The SMA also will have preschool and homeschool group classes during the week and on Saturdays. Our private lessons in piano, violin, drum, guitar, voice, and French horn will be open to not only children, but teens and adults looking to advance their musical skills. To see more information on class days and times as well as a list of teachers and tuition and registration, visit us at

Certificate in biblical counseling

The next round of trainings for the certificate in biblical counseling begins this September!

The certificate program provides an introduction to biblical counseling for both pastors and church members. Participants will learn biblical and theological bases for counseling with an emphasis on practical skills for a variety of ministry contexts.


Observe COVID protocols

For information regarding COVID-19, check the COVID-19 Response page. For a questions regarding COVID-19 procedures, please visit our website. As a reminder, if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed, please submit a COVID symptoms form.

Additionally, If you are planning to travel internationally, please visit our website to fill out the COVID-19 Travel Form.

If you would like to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, you can find the nearest location here. For any questions regarding COVID-19 vaccines, please contact the Campus Clinic at 817-921-8880.

Campus News

In Christ alone: One student's story of finding hope after a lifetime of trials 

"Cyprien Yamuragiye was born crippled in the African nation of Rwanda, his hands and feet deformed and his right eye closed. He would become an outcast to the family and village that feared him, and his young life was marked by countless trials, trauma, and hopelessness. Any god who created him, Cyprien once thought, must be cruel. 

'How can God be loving?' he asked. 'How can the God who made me this way be merciful?'”
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Six scholars appointed to Southwestern Seminary faculty

"Six scholars representing an 'impressive array of academic credentials coupled with teaching and ministry experience' have been appointed to the faculty of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, President Adam W. Greenway announced today. 

'I am pleased to announce the appointment of six scholars to our already stellar faculty,' said Greenway. 'Each person brings to Seminary Hill an impressive array of academic credentials coupled with teaching and ministry experience that will greatly benefit our students and entire seminary community. I want to particularly commend our deans as well as our interim provost for their efforts in recruiting these scholars to our faculty. I look forward to their serving with us as we enter the new academic year together.'”
Read more.

Join us in welcoming our new team members:

  • George Schroeder, associate vice president for institutional relations, Institutional Advancement
  • Firmato Rodriguez, director of international student services, International Student Services