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Truett Faculty Receive University-Wide Recognition

Three Truett Seminary faculty members were honored by Baylor University at the conclusion of the 2018-2019 academic year. Dr. Andrew Arterbury, associate professor of Christian Scriptures, and Dr. Joel Gregory, professor of preaching, Holder of the George W. Truett Endowed Chair in Preaching and Evangelism, and director of the Kyle Lake Center for Effective Preaching, were honored with Outstanding Faculty Awards. Dr. Arterbury was recognized for his teaching abilities and Dr. Gregory was recognized for “Significant Contributions to the Academic Community.”

Dr. Gaynor YanceyDr. Gaynor Yancey, The Lake Family Endowed Chair in Congregational and Community Health (as well as professor of social work, Master Teacher, and director of the Center for Church and Community Impact at the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work) was named the 2019 Cornelia Marschall Smith Professor of the Year. This award recognizes a Baylor faculty member who makes a superlative contribution to the learning environment at Baylor through teaching, research and creative activity, and service.

Sports Ministry Program Welcomes Dr. Paul Putz

Truett Seminary is pleased to welcome Dr. Paul Putz to the seminary staff as the assistant director of sports ministry. “For the past few years, I have observed and admired what John White and the Sports Ministry team have built at Truett. Dr. Paul PutzI don’t think there is any sports-related program in the United States that can match its quality of theological education. I am thrilled that I now get the chance to be involved with its mission of Christian formation in and through sport,” Putz said.

Putz earned his BS from Grace University, MA in History from the University of Nebraska-Omaha, and PhD in History at Baylor University. His dissertation, which is under contract with Oxford University Press, examined how American Protestants “engaged and interacted with big-time sports in the years between 1920 and 1980.” Previously, Putz served as a lecturer in history at Messiah College in Pennsylvania and specializes in 20th century United States history, particularly as related to sports, religion, and race.

“As a former high school and college athlete, my spiritual life was profoundly shaped by sports ministry organizations,” Putz said. “In part to get a better sense of that experience, I have spent the past five years diving into the history, culture, and theology of Christian sports ministry in the United States. Hopefully, I can draw on my personal experiences and my historical research to strengthen the work and expand the reach of Truett’s Sports Ministry Program.”

In addition to lecturing and assisting with the Faith & Sport Institute, Putz will be working to create digital programing—including online classes, blogs, and podcasts—related to sports ministry and designed for leaders in sport and in ministry.

“Dr. Paul Putz comes to Truett Seminary’s Sports Ministry Program as a scholar and practitioner,” said Dr. John White, the Harold and Dottie Riley Associate Professor of Practical Theology and Directory of the Sports Ministry Program. “Paul’s passions and gifts of writing, teaching, and developing new online courses for our program will illumine the important historical connections between Christianity and sports and provide thoughtful research and practical resources on other relevant topics related to coaching, leadership, American identity, race and politics. His humble leadership and excellent training will complement our current theology and ethics specific foci.”

Kyle Lake Center to Host National Preaching Conferences

In Fall 2019, the Kyle Lake Center for Effective Preaching will host two conferences with a national reach.

Joel GregoryThe first of the two events, the African American Preaching Conference (AAPC): Black Preaching at the Intersection of the Academy & Ministry, will be held September 24-26. Marked by the 400th anniversary of slavery in North America, the theme for the conference will be “The Liberating Voice of Black Preaching in America.” The AAPC is led by a steering committee of 30 African American ministry leaders and will be informed by the theological seminary, inspired by anointed preaching, and enlivened by choral praise. More information can be found at baylor.edu/truett/AAPC.

The National Preaching Conference will be held November 19-21, immediately following the Texas Baptists Annual Meeting in Waco. The event will aim to be an uplifting time when the shepherds can be shepherded and the feeders can be fed. Special guest preachers will include Alistair Begg, Tony Evans, Joel Gregory, Mary Hulst, Jimmy Mellado, Beth Moore, and Ralph Douglas West. More information about the National Preaching Conference can be found at baylor.edu/truett/NPC.

Certificate Program Adds New Opportunities

David TateOver the past year, David Tate, Director of Truett’s Online Certificate Program, worked with Texas Baptists to develop two new certificate options—an Advanced Certificate of Ministry in Children’s Ministry and a Certificate of Chaplaincy Ministry.

Students who wish to pursue the Advanced Certificate of Ministry in Children’s Ministry will complete the six core courses within Truett’s Certificate Program and the nine courses provided by the Texas Baptists Office of Childhood Discipleship.

“We want to affirm children’s ministers in their calling and their service and equip them to do so well,” said Tate. “We want them to be able to go deeper in their own faith and understanding, so that they can respond to shifting needs and the questions that kids often ask.”

The Certificate of Chaplaincy Ministry is designed to support volunteer chaplains and requires completion of the six core courses within Truett’s program as well as Hands on Ministry – Volunteer Chaplaincy Training through Texas Baptists. Additionally, students will select two elective courses from the following: Texas Baptists’ Disaster Spiritual Care training, Truett’s Certificate Program Pastoral Care class, or Truett’s Certificate Program Preaching 1 class. Lastly, students will complete a Chaplaincy Mentoring Project, which will involve the student engaging in a mentoring relationship with a current or retired chaplain.

“We desire to listen to the needs and callings of our Certificate students and respond in the best ways possible to meet those needs,” Tate said. “To offer a joint certificate like this is simply the best way for us to serve our Certificate students and to expand the opportunities for Truett Seminary to give access to formal theological education. In doing so, we serve ministers and we serve the Church.”