Southwestern dedicates Drumwright Hospitality Suite
FORT WORTH, Texas (SWBTS) – Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary dedicated the Huber L. Drumwright Jr. Hospitality Suite in its J.W. MacGorman Chapel, Dec. 1. The suite features a full kitchen and reception area for intermissions and private gatherings.
The hospitality suite is named for the late Huber L. Drumwright Jr. who served as a New Testament professor at Southwestern Seminary for almost 30 years and was dean of the School of Theology for seven years. The suite was given to Southwestern Seminary through the generosity of his widow, Minette Williams Drumwright Pratt.
During an open house in the Drumwright hospitality suite, both Jimmy Draper, former president emeritus of LifeWay Christian Resources and former president of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), and Richard Land, president of the SBC’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, commented on Drumwright’s friendship, excellent scholarship and skill in preaching, as well as his pastoral concern for his seminary students.
James Leo Garrett Jr., distinguished professor emeritus of theology at Southwestern Seminary, also remembered Drumwright, his lifelong friend, roommate in seminary and professorial colleague.
“He was a very outgoing, very compassionate, very intense, very loving person,” Garrett said. “He had a very strong commitment to the Gospel, to the ministry, to theological education.
“I think (this room) is a continual reminder of the ministry of one who was very strategic in the life of the seminary. … His preaching and his relation to churches were all very, very important, and so I think he can be remembered with gratitude by what is in this room, by what his family has provided.”
Born in Walters, Okla., on Feb. 1, 1924, Drumwright served in the United States Navy during World War II. In 1947, he enrolled as a student at Southwestern Seminary, earning his Th.D. degree in 1957. Drumwright served as a pastor at churches throughout Texas and Oklahoma, and he resigned his post at the seminary in 1980 to become executive director of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention. He passed away the following year. Inscribed in Greek letters on his tombstone at Dallas’ Hillcrest Cemetery are the words, “CHRISTOS ESTIN KYRIOS”—“Christ is Lord.”