Dr. Chris Johnson is the Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church of San Antonio where he leads a pastoral staff of ten ministers along with 31 support staff. Prior to serving in this position, he was Pastor of Chalk Bluff Baptist Church in Waco, Texas. Johnson earned a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Baylor University (2004) then went on to complete a Master of Divinity (2009) and a Doctor of Ministry (2016) from Baylor University’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary.
How does the Church celebrate Easter amidst a worldwide pandemic? In this Good Friday edition of Baylor Connections, Dean Todd Still examines what it means to be the Church when we’re physically separated, recounts how the Church has grown during past times of plague and crisis and shares how the current moment compels us to find hope more deeply in Christ’s sacrifice and resurrection.
Emmanuel Roldan is the pastor of Primera Iglesia Bautista de Waco. He earned his Master of Divinity from Baylor University’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary in 2016 and is currently working on a Doctor of Ministry at Truett.
The Reverend Doctor Emily H. McGowin enrolled at Truett in 2003 and earned her Master of Divinity degree in 2007. During that time of study, God equipped her further to be a teacher, scholar, and theologian. At Truett, McGowin learned not only how to be a minister of the gospel and care for others but also to value her own soul care and nurture her relationship with God.
According to David Tate, Director of Truett’s Online Certificate Program, 2019 was the program’s “best year ever.” In 2019, the program welcomed 143 new students with a total of 502 course registrations during the year. A partnership with Texas Baptists to provide a Certificate of Chaplaincy Ministry was announced and $30,000 in grants to provide Certificate-level “scholarships” was received.
Baylor’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary has received a $75,000 grant from the American Association for the Advancement of Science for a project that integrates science content into existing seminary curriculum. The grant is awarded through Science for Seminaries, a project of the AAAS Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion (DoSER) program, in consultation with the Association of Theological Schools (ATS).
Recently, through the generosity of several individual donors and foundations, the Foy Valentine Endowed Professorship in Christian Ethics, was moved from a professorship to a Chair. The professorship was established in 2012 to honor the ministry and memory of pioneer Baptist ethicist Dr. Foy Valentine and has been held by Dr. Roger E. Olson since its inception.
The Faith & Sport Institute is a seven-day retreat in June on Baylor’s campus designed to test the mind, body and spirit. High school student athletes from the Greater Waco area engage in academic sessions and athletic competition focused on five theological pairings: worship and faith, identity and love, training and discipline, suffering and hope, and vocation and courage.
For African American Music Appreciation Month, we asked Master of Divinity student and Truett Chapel Coordinator Matthew Davis to provide a recommendation list of worship songs written and/or recorded by African American artists.
Gaynor I. Yancey, D.S.W., professor of social work, Master Teacher and director of the Center for Church and Community Impact at Baylor University’s Diana R. Garland School of Social Work and The Lake Family Endowed Chair in Congregational and Community Health at George W. Truett Theological Seminary, was honored April 12 during the annual Academic Honors Convocation as the 2019 Cornelia Marschall Smith Professor of the Year.
Jordan Davis, who will graduate with his master of divinity degree from Baylor University’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary in May 2019, has been awarded the Seminary’s inaugural Parish Pulpit Fellowship.
Established in 1991 with classes starting in 1994, George W. Truett Theological Seminary is one of the 12 schools and colleges of Baylor University. As an orthodox, evangelical seminary within the historic Baptist tradition, Truett equips God-called women and men for gospel ministry in concert with the Church through both rigorous academic instruction and intentional spiritual formation. But what does it mean for Truett to be a seminary embedded into a larger university, and not just any university, but Baylor University?
Baylor University’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary and Texas Baptists have entered into a new agreement between Truett’s Online Certificate Program and the Texas Baptists Office of Chaplaincy Relations. Through this partnership, students will have the opportunity to earn a Certificate of Chaplaincy Ministry.