The Institute for Faith and Learning is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Rebecca Poe Hays as project coordinator for the Soundings Project effective June 4.
Rebecca Poe Hays just completed a Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible/Old Testament at Baylor, where she has been teaching in the Department of Religion and for the Continuing Education Program. Prior to coming to Baylor, Dr. Poe Hays earned a B.A. from Union University and an M.Div. from Beeson Divinity School of Samford University. The author of a number of scholarly articles in the field of biblical studies, she has also served in churches and non-profits in Tennessee, Alabama, and Texas.
Soundings, a five-year project funded by a $1.5 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc.,
will allow Baylor to serve as an innovation hub that facilitates conversations between the university and leaders of Texas congregations as they reflect together on the nature of vocation within the Christian life. As project coordinator, Dr. Poe Hays will work closely with the project director to build relationships with and between these congregations, share strategic planning responsibilities, and ensure the project is operating efficiently.
“We are thrilled and grateful to have Dr. Rebecca Poe Hays join our efforts as we launch the Soundings Project,” said Darin H. Davis, Ph.D., vice president for university mission at Baylor, director of Baylor’s Institute for Faith and Learning, and principal investigator of the Soundings Project. “Dr. Poe Hays brings theological and biblical wisdom and a deep love of the church to our efforts. She is one of the finest young Christian scholars and servant-leaders I know. She will serve in an exemplary way as we take these important first steps with the Soundings Project.”
Dr. Poe Hays is married to the Rev. Joshua Hays, who currently serves as the associate pastor of discipleship at the First Baptist Church of Waco and is a non-resident fellow with Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion.