Principal Investigator and Program Director – 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.
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.
Dr. Darin Davis, Baylor Vice President for University Mission
and Soundings Principal Investigator/Project Director
Dr. Lori Kanitz (Assistant Director of the Institute for Faith and Learning), Institute for Faith and Learning representative
Dr. Ron Cook, Director of Truett Seminary’s Center for Ministry Effectiveness
Dr. Todd Still, Dean of Truett Seminary
Dr. Burt Burleson, Baylor University Chaplain
and Dean of Spiritual Life & Mission
Rolando Rodriguez (Texas Baptist Hispanic Ministry Director), Baptist General Convention of Texas representative
Dr. Dennis Horton (Associate Professor of Religion and the Raymond O. Hubler Chair of Ministry Guidance), representative of the undergraduate Ministry Guidance program of Baylor
Dr. Kelli McMahan (Associate Clinical Professor of Health and Human Sciences), Baylor faculty representative
Dylan Price, Truett student representative
Jessica Bost, Baylor undergraduate student representative
Dr. Dennis Wiles (Pastor, First Baptist Church of Arlington, Texas), Baptist representative
Dr. Steve Moore (Executive Director of the M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust), non-Baptist representative
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.
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.
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: