WRAP UP: Seminary trustees fall 2007 meeting
Statement of support
In light of recent public attacks, trustees unanimously approved a statement of affirmation in support of President and Mrs. Paige Patterson. The statement emphasized Patterson’s integrity and openness and called for the attacks to cease, citing that they are a poor witness to a lost world.
“Dr. Patterson had no knowledge of this resolution,” said Chairman T. Van McClain, adding, “He had nothing to do with the drafting of this resolution; this was completely the product of the trustees.” After voting on the statement, trustees gave Dr. Patterson a standing ovation followed by a time of prayer for him.
Center for Cultural Engagement
Southwestern’s Board of Trustees agreed to partner with the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention to establish The Richard Land Center for Cultural Engagement on its Fort Worth campus. The center will provide a location for focused research, conferences and the study of Christian morality and action.
“Religious liberty is under attack today in our own country, where we never thought it would be,” said Patterson. The partnership will pave the way for individuals across America to have the opportunity to study and research ethics, public policy and other cultural and philosophical issues. Details for the opening and function of the center will be discussed in the future, and the boards will combine their efforts to secure funding for the venture.
Richard Land has served as the president of the ERLC since 1988 and has been a representative for Southern Baptist and Evangelicals’ concerns before Congress, U.S. presidents and the media. He hosts three nationally syndicated radio programs and was recognized as one of “The Twenty-five Most Influential Evangelicals in America” in 2005 by Time magazine.
The ERLC is an agency of the SBC and focuses on the effects that social and moral concerns have on public policy issues. Its stated mission is: “To awaken, inform, energize, equip, and mobilize Christians to be the catalysts for the Biblically-based transformation of their families, churches, communities, and the nation.”
Increase in net worth
Mark Sheldon, director of financial services at Southwestern, announced a $33 million net gain in assets as he guided the trustees through the annual audit of financial statements. The gain came primarily through gifts and growth in investments. The seminary’s largest previous gain over a fiscal year was $12 million.
Highest enrollment in five years
Southwestern has experienced consistent growth in enrollment for the second consecutive fall. This enrollment is the highest in five years. Thomas White, vice president for student services, said that this appears to be an upward trend which represents additional God-called ministers of the Gospel.
Additional student housing
Approval was granted for the construction of four “quad” apartment buildings along Townsend Road. Each quad will have four apartments, yielding 16 new apartments. Funds have already been designated, and the design is nearing completion. The apartments will provide additional student housing to accommodate increasing requests for housing on campus.
New faculty members
Trustees elected Waylan Owens as an associate professor of pastoral ministry in the School of Theology, effective Jan. 1, 2008. Owens received both his Ph.D. (1992) and his M.Div. (1987) from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of West Florida in 1983. Over the past decade, Owens has served in several positions at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary: He was vice president of institutional effectiveness and assessment, associate professor of pastoral ministry, liaison to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and to the Association of Theological Schools, and special assistant to the president. He has also served as a senior pastor at First Baptist Church of Soldotna, Alaska, and at Crosby Baptist Church in Crosby, Miss. During his time in Alaska, he was also a member of the executive board of the Alaska Baptist Convention. Owens and his wife, Elizabeth, have four children: Blayne, Joshua, Grace and Mary.
Trustees also elected Cky Carrigan as associate professor of evangelism in the Roy J. Fish School of Evangelism and Missions, effective Jan. 1, 2008. Carrigan earned both his Ph.D. (2000) and his M.Div. (1995) at Southeastern Seminary. He received his bachelor’s degree from The Criswell College in 1992. Carrigan has served as an adjunct professor of in evangelism and missions at Southwestern Seminary since 2006, and he has taught adjunctively at both Southeastern Seminary and Midwestern Seminary as well. Carrigan served as the senior pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in Rocky Mountain, N.C., and as pastor of West Oxford Baptist Church in Oxford, N.C. He has also contributed writings to several books and periodicals: These include “The Mormon Mirage,” published in the Southwestern Journal of Theology, and “Who Do Men Say that I Am? The Sublime Christology of Colossians 1:15-20,” published in Here I Stand: Essays in Honor of Dr. Paige Patterson. Carrigan and his wife, Janna, have three children: Apryl, Bonnie and Adam.
L.R. Scarborough Awards
The L.R. Scarborough Award was created in honor of the seminary’s second president. He sustained and furthered the passion for evangelism and missions held by his predecessor, B.H. Carroll. Trustees honored John and Robina Drakeford, George and Linda Kelm, and James Leo and Myrta Garrett with this distinguished award.
John Drakeford was awarded posthumously. He served as a chaplain in the Australian army during World War II and pastured numerous churches in Australia before coming to Southwestern in 1955. He taught counseling and psychology and founding the seminary’s Baptist Marriage and Family Counseling Center in 1960, which continues today in the Walsh Counseling Center.
George and Linda Kelm were leaders in developing and organizing the seminary’s archaeology program, the Charles D. Tandy Archaeological Museum and the Charles D. Tandy Center for Archaeological Research. During 13 years of service at Southwestern, Kelm teamed with respected Israeli archaeologist Amahai Mazar and trained students in archaeological research at Tel Batash (biblical Timnah referred to in Judges 14) in Israel.
James Leo Garrett Jr.’s ministry has taken him around the world, having lectured in such places as Colombia, Mexico, Switzerland, Romania and Hong Kong. As a Baptist statesman, he was a guest at Vatican II, chairman of the Commission of Cooperative Christianity, and a co-chair for the division of study and research for the Baptist World Alliance. Garrett became a distinguished professor at Southwestern in 1991 and has authored, co-authored, edited and co-edited 134 published works, including the authorship of his two-volume magnum opus titled Systematic Theology: Biblical, Historical and Evangelical.
In other business
- Unanimous approval was also granted for the construction of a Homemaking House, providing an instruction facility and student housing for the seminary’s homemaking concentration. Inside the house will be three primary teaching areas: a multi-function room for instruction which also contains computer resources; a room for students to learn about working with and laundering textiles; and a kitchen, complete with appropriate appliances and a horseshoe-shaped counter for instruction in food preparation. Upstairs, two rooms will house seniors in the homemaking concentration and another room will be available for guest housing.
A generous donation has been made for the construction of the building, and the house will be built as soon as all funds have been secured. The plan is for the house to be built and available in August 2008.
- Trustees approved a motion to accept the audited financial statements for Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a motion to accept the audited financial statements for the Southwestern Development Foundation, which is the foundation that owns and manages the seminary properties.