Kyle Walker named vice president for student services
Kyle Walker has been named Southwestern Seminary’s new vice president for student services. Walker was recommended for this position by Southwestern President Paige Patterson and unanimously approved by the executive committee of the board of trustees. Walker previously served as dean of students and director of the office of admissions, and he will continue to serve as assistant professor of preaching in Southwestern’s School of Preaching.
“In many ways, the position of vice president for student services will be an opportunity to continue along the path the Lord has ordered for me over the last nine years,” Walker says. “He has allowed me to serve the school as a recruiting coordinator, director of admissions, and most recently as the dean of students. This new role will expand the area I’ve been entrusted to lead and serve, while continuing to fulfill the calling of presenting Southwestern to prospective students and partners. What excites me most about this role is the ability to serve Southwestern and its students in a more comprehensive way.”
Walker first came to Southwestern as a student in 2007. He completed his Master of Divinity in 2010 and then enrolled in the Ph.D. program, studying preaching and systematic theology. He completed this latter degree in 2015 and was subsequently appointed to the preaching faculty.
Walker is married to Lauren, and they have three children. Beyond spending time with his family, Walker has a passion for text-driven preaching, and his research interests include the history of exposition, ecclesiology, and the Trinity. He also preaches often in local churches, revivals, and student camps.
An avid outdoorsman, Walker uses his interest in hunting, fishing and sports as a platform for reaching men with the Gospel. His first publication was a Christian hunting and fishing magazine titled “The Ultimate Pursuit.”
In each of his positions at the seminary, Walker has sought to serve as a pastor to the students at Southwestern, and his new role as vice president of student services will allow him to continue in that task. “Each student represents the Lord’s calling and a local church’s commitment,” Walker says. “Therefore, my goal is to serve the local church by serving our students and alumni. I want to wave the banner for Southwestern and make theological education as widely accessible and affordable as possible. I believe there is no better place than Southwestern to be equipped for ministry.
“Jesus said, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few.’ My prayer is that pastors would continue to invite those men and women called of God to be equipped right here at Southwestern where they will be burdened for the lost, ignited for evangelism, and equipped to preach the Word and reach the world for Christ.”