Music lessons, RAC updates, and dining hours

| May 24, 2021

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


Summer Music Lessons

The SWBTS Music Academy is offering group and private lessons this summer for all ages. All teachers are studying at the SWBTS School of Church Music and Worship. Email with questions and register here.

RAC Summer Updates

  • Based on requests from guests, RAC hours of operation for the summer will be extended. To review the new RAC hours for the summer, visit here.
  • Beginning Saturday, May 29, the RAC will begin as a trial basis Family Pool Days. For details, visit here

Dining Services Memorial Day Weekend Hours

Please make note of the adjusted hours over the upcoming holiday weekend. The Coffee House will be open during the times below:

  • Saturday, May 29: 10:00 AM- 2:00 PM
  • Sunday, May 30: Closed
  • Monday, May 31: Closed

SWBTS at SBC Annual Meeting

Earn class credit while you attend the Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tennessee, on June 13-16. 

Taught by Research Professor of Church History Gregory A. Wills, Baptist History course, “Southern Baptists,” provides a history of the founding and development of Southern Baptist church life. Basic organizational principles and characteristic functions of the Southern Baptist Convention will be addressed in this study as well as the role of associations and state conventions.

The only course meetings are in Nashville. Students are required to be there from Monday morning at 9am (for a class meeting) until the convention finishes its final Wednesday session. Students must register either as messengers or guests at the SBC annual meeting website.

Visit to sign up for Southern Baptists: BPTST-4853-NSH (3 credits).

While you're in Nashville, add the following events to your itinerary:

  1. SWBTS Alumni and Friends Luncheon: You're invited to the Alumni & Friends Luncheon on Wednesday, June 16, immediately following the morning session of the annual meeting. This gathering of alumni and friends of SWBTS will feature updates from Seminary Hill, a report from President Adam W. Greenway, and presentations of the 2021 Distinguished Alumni awards. Register here.
  2. Crossover Nashville: Invest a week of your summer doing evangelism. Join the SWBTS and Scarborough College Crossover team as we engage Nashville with the Gospel before the SBC Annual Meeting. The cost of participating in Crossover Nashville is fully covered and class credit is available. Email for more information or to register.
  3. RevTalk: Lostness in the United States and the Role of Replanting & Revitalization: The Center for Church Revitalization is hosting a RevTalk on Sunday, June 13, from 2-5pm. Make plans to join us for this event at FBC Donelson in Nashville. Register now!

Register for Summer and Fall Classes

Course enrollment is open for Summer and Fall 2021! View the list of available classes and access the registration portal at Fall classes begin August 16. Summer courses are offered weekly throughout the remainder of the summer. Students can enroll up until the first day of each class.

Campus News

Former professor of voice Jack Coldiron dies

Jack H. Coldiron, distinguished professor of voice at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary from 1963 to 1994, died on May 9. He was three weeks shy of his 95th birthday. 

“Jack Coldiron served at Southwestern Seminary for 31 years, leaving an indelible mark on our School of Church Music and Worship and the multitude of students he taught,” said President Adam W. Greenway. “I urge all Southwesterners to join me in praying for his wife, Donna, and family during this time of great loss.”

Joseph R. Crider, dean of the School of Church Music and Worship, reflected on social media, “I have heard from countless alumni of Dr. Coldiron’s incredible influence on their lives. We certainly stand on his shoulders.”

Read more here

FROM THE PROFS: Mormon couple finds true joy in Christ

Editor’s note: “From the Profs” is an occasional feature highlighting past experiences of Southwestern Seminary and Scarborough College faculty in sharing the Gospel.

During a block party with a church plant several years ago, Associate Professor of Apologetics and World Religions Travis S. Kerns, then a Send City missionary to Salt Lake City, Utah, noticed a member of the church plant conversing with a couple in the shade of a nearby tree. 

After a moment, the church member approached Kerns and said, “There is a couple over there that has some questions about Mormonism. Could you go answer them?”

Read more here

Former theology professor Bert Dominy dies at 83

Bert B. Dominy, theology professor at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary from 1968 to 2001, died on May 20. He was 83.

“Dr. Dominy was a favorite professor of many students at Southwestern Seminary during his decades of service here, well regarded for his classroom instruction and the way he related to those ‘frail children of dust’ he taught,” said President Adam W. Greenway. “His impact continues to this day in the lives of the countless students he taught and those to whom they minister. I urge all Southwesterners to join me in prayer for his wife, Anna Jo, and his family.”

Dominy was born January 9, 1938, in Houston, Texas. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from Baylor University in 1960. He then became a three-time graduate of Southwestern Seminary, earning his Bachelor of Divinity in 1963, Doctor of Theology in 1969, and Master of Divinity in 1973. He also completed additional studies at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland from 1975 to 1976, and the University of Cambridge in England in 1983.

Read more here