Jon Singletary, PhD, MDiv, MSW, was appointed dean of the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work in 2016 after having served as Associate Dean since 2011. He has held the Diana R. Garland Endowed Chair in Child and Family Studies in the School since 2010 and first joined the faculty in 2003. Dr. Singletary received his B.A. in Communications from Baylor in 1993. He received his M. Div. from the Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, and his M.S.W. and Ph. D. in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University.
At Baylor, Dr. Singletary directed the Baylor Center for Family and Community Ministries. In the Center, he helped lead $2 million of grant-related activities focused on studying congregational ministries that serve low-income communities. His scholarship has focused on a range of Christian ministries, including family-based care for orphans and vulnerable children in Sub-Saharan Africa. More recently, his research has focused on Christian contemplative practices and the Enneagram as a tool for spiritual formation. Before coming to Baylor, he served as a Mennonite Pastor and a community organizer in Richmond, VA.
Most importantly to his journey are the relationships with his wonderful wife, Wendi, and his four children, Haden, Harper, Ainsley and Abbott. Wendi teaches first grade at Hillcrest Professional Development School in Waco Independent School District and their children attend Waco ISD schools.