Barry McCarty, who has served as the Southern Baptist Convention’s chief parliamentarian for nearly three decades, has accepted the position of professor of preaching and rhetoric at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Not previously identifying as a Southern Baptist, McCarty recently “converted” after observing the missional heart of Southern Baptists and the merits of the Baptist Faith and Message 2000.

On August 14, the Christian Index published an article about McCarty’s ministry experience, his decision to become a Southern Baptist, and his new position at Southwestern. In the article, Southwestern President Paige Patterson states, “Everyone knows the prowess of Barry McCarty as a parliamentarian. But his greatness as a preacher and a rhetorician has been unknown to most Southern Baptists. He is a gracious pastor, a powerful preacher, and a consistent witness for Christ. As professor of preaching and rhetoric at Southwestern, he makes our teaching of preaching the finest we could ever have imagined. This day, I am grateful to God that he has accepted this role.”

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