FORT WORTH, Texas (SWBTS) – The Board of Trustees of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary presented President Paige Patterson with a resolution of appreciation for his first five years of service to the institution during a chapel service, Oct. 22. Trustees were in Fort Worth for the board’s fall meeting and approved the resolution earlier in the morning.

Board chairman John Mark Caton, senior pastor of Cottonwood Creek Baptist Church in Allen Texas, introduced the resolution by saying, “Dr. Patterson, this by no means expresses all that you’ve done or comes close to scratching the surface of all that you’ve done for this seminary and for us as trustees and for Southern Baptists as a whole, but we just want to, in a small way, let you know today how much we love you and appreciate you with this resolution of appreciation.”

The resolution reads as follows:

Board of Trustees of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Resolution of Appreciation for President Paige Patterson

WHEREAS, Dr. Paige Patterson has served as President of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary since August 1, 2003; and

WHEREAS, He has served as Professor of Theology and holds the L. R. Scarborough Chair of Evangelism, the Seminary’s historic “Chair of Fire;” and

WHEREAS, He has led the seminary by modeling the position of servant-evangelist through his daily life, interaction with students, visitors to campus, lost people in the community and around the nation and world; and

WHEREAS, He has led the Seminary to adopt a new slogan conveying his vision for theological education as “scholarship on fire” from 2 Timothy 4:5, 13: “Do the work of an evangelist…bring the books, especially the parchments”; and

WHEREAS, He has advocated that if heaven is real and hell is real and if every one of the seven billion people on the face of the globe is going to spend eternity in one place or the other and the only way for him to avoid hell and gain heaven is through the Gospel of Jesus Christ, then nothing else on earth matters more than doing whatever it takes to get that message to every single human being in one’s lifetime, and that this is the essence and purpose of the Seminary; and

WHEREAS, He has led the Seminary through its Centennial Anniversary Celebration with distinction, attracting national attention and commendation; and

WHEREAS, He has led the Seminary regularly to affirm the confession of faith of the Southern Baptist Convention, the Baptist Faith and Message 2000; the Cooperative Program of the Southern Baptist Convention; and the agencies and sister seminaries of the Southern Baptist Convention; and

WHEREAS, He has reinforced the importance of the Seminary’s Texas heritage through advocacy of Western culture and history; the reestablishment of the Seminary’s longstanding relationship with the City of Fort Worth; and the expansion of relationships with the cities of Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Tyler, Lubbock, El Paso, and College Station; and

WHEREAS, He has built a world-class faculty uniquely known for its academic excellence and its missionary, pastoral, and evangelistic spirit, and its devotion to the local church; and

WHEREAS, He has, in addition to his administrative responsibilities, regularly taught courses at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels of the College and Seminary, and written essays articles, and monographs both for the academy, the denomination, and the local churches; and

WHEREAS, He has, through his pastoral approach to the seminary presidency, restored a spirit of joy, fellowship, and friendliness to campus life and the student body; and

WHEREAS, He has revived the chapel hour as the central heartbeat and meeting time for the Seminary family as the “President’s Classroom” where he has led in modeling the components of the local church worship service chiefly through the regular exposition of the Word of God; and

WHEREAS, He has overseen the strengthening of the curricula and programs of the School of Theology, the School of Educational Ministries, and the School of Church Music; and

WHEREAS, He has overseen the establishment of the Roy Fish School of Evangelism and Missions, the College at Southwestern, and the J. Dalton Havard School for Theological Studies in Houston, Texas; and

WHEREAS, He has overseen the expansion of extension programs including the William R. Marshall Center for Theological Studies in San Antonio, Texas; the masters program at Bibelseminar Bonn in Bonn, Germany; and various centers across Texas and neighboring states; and

WHEREAS, He has overseen the development, expansion and growing influence of the Seminary’s Center for Theological Research, Center for Expository Preaching, Richard Land Center for Cultural Engagement, the Riley Center, and new programs in Biblical Archaeology and Site-Based Travel; and

WHEREAS, He has called for a renewed commitment to Baptist Distinctives in all programs and courses stating that “We will never be ashamed of our Baptist heritage or our Baptist name,” and a renewed focus on the primacy of local church ministry for the carrying out of the task of the Great Commission; and

WHEREAS, He has overseen consistent growth in student enrollment with the current semester marking the highest enrollment in six years; and

WHEREAS, He has cast a vision for a new chapel so that the entire student body can convene on campus, a building to house the new Roy Fish School of Evangelism and Missions and the College at Southwestern, and the development of an updated Master Plan; and

WHEREAS, He has overseen the development of a gas drilling contract to produce additional revenue for the Seminary, led the Seminary to see its highest ever one-year gain in net worth in 2006-2007, and a nearly $40 million increase in endowment assets; and

WHEREAS, He has established the reputation of the Seminary as a premier place for the training of “Special Ops” ministers who will serve as the next generation of Southern Baptist pastors, missionaries, church workers, and scholars; and

WHEREAS, His wife, Dorothy Patterson, has served with distinction as the Seminary’s First Lady, naming the president’s home as “Pecan Manor,” and thereby making it the center of the Seminary’s ministry of hospitality; and

WHEREAS, His wife, while serving as Professor of Theology in Women’s Studies, has helped to formalize and expand the Seminary’s Programs for Women in unprecedented and pioneering ways, all without compensation; and

WHEREAS, His wife has assisted her husband in the advancement of the Seminary through the development of friendships for the raising of funds, most notably in the establishment of the Seminary’s newest building, the Horner Homemaking House, but also in a variety of current capital, endowment, and scholarship projects; and

WHEREAS, His wife has raised through her writing, teaching, and mentoring ministry to women, both on the campus of the Seminary and around the world, a new standard of the pursuit, exemplification, and study of Biblical Womanhood personified in Proverbs 31; and

WHEREAS, He and his wife have accomplished this five year period of service at the Seminary during their 45th year of marriage, thereby modeling the sanctity of marriage and the home, while advocating the preservation of complementarian gender relationships in home and church for students, faculty, and staff; and

WHEREAS, He and his wife have, throughout their five years of service, endured and persevered with humility and godliness a variety of trials, within and without the Seminary, brought in response to nothing of their own making; and

WHEREAS, He and his wife receive the steadfast support and encouragement from their son Armour Patterson and his wife Rachel, their daughter Carmen Howell and her husband Mark, and their granddaughters Abigail and Rebekah Howell; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That the Board of Trustees of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary meeting on the Seminary’s Fort Worth campus, October 21-22, 2008, express sincere gratitude for the first five years of service of Paige Patterson as President of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; and be it further

RESOLVED, That the Board of Trustees of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary express their commitment to prayer and hope to God for many more years of service from Paige and Dorothy Patterson at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.