The Team

Soundings Leadership Team

Principal Investigator – Darin Davis, Ph.D.
Dr. Darin Davis is the Vice President for University Mission and the Director of the Institute for Faith and Learning (IFL). As the Director of the IFL since 2008, he has experience with key programs already in operation that explore questions about vocation with Baylor students and educators alike. Furthermore, Dr. Davis is the pastor of a rural, historic church in Falls County, Texas, and thus recognizes the dynamic relationship between a Christian university and congregational life.


Project Coordinator – Rebecca Poe Hays, Ph.D.
Dr. Rebecca Poe Hays earned a Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible/Old Testament at Baylor, where she has had teaching appointments in the Department of Religion, the Continuing Education Program, and George W. Truett Theological Seminary. The author of a number of scholarly articles in the field of biblical studies, she has also served in churches and Christian non-profits in Tennessee, Alabama, and Texas.


Congregational Teams

Each congregation will appoint its own intergenerational leadership team comprised of one member of the pastoral staff and at least three and up to five lay leaders. These teams will assess the strengths and needs of their particular congregations and design projects that will help their churches explore and grow in areas related to Christian calling.


Coaching Team

Five Baylor educators will be selected to serve as congregational coaches. After receiving training, each coach will work with three partner congregations to imagine, design, and implement those church’s projects.


Student Cohorts

Each fall, the Soundings Advisory Board will select cohorts of five Baylor graduate and undergraduate students representing the various programs at Baylor already centered on the themes of calling and vocation, programs that we hope will benefit from the dialogue between the university and congregations. These students will participate in at least one event annually so that they can experience and learn from the community of partner congregations.

Existing Baylor student programs that will intersect with Soundings:


Advisory Board

Supporting the work of the Soundings Leadership Team through counsel and advocacy will be an advisory board comprised of Baylor administrators, faculty, and students as well as a representative of the Baptist General Convention of Texas (BGCT) and senior pastors from both within and outside the Baptist tradition.