WACO, Texas (Sept. 2, 2020) — Baylor University’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary has announced the selection of adjunct professor Jennifer Howell, Ph.D., as the inaugural director of the Theology, Ecology, and Food Justice Program, a grant-funded initiative by World Hunger Relief Inc. (WHRI) and the Baugh Family Foundation.
George W. Truett Theological Seminary and the Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV) have entered into a collaborative agreement between Truett Seminary’s Online Certificate Program and the BGAV Ministry Equipping Network in order to create several new opportunities for ministers and lay-people to earn an Advanced Certificate of Ministry.
Since COVID-19 began to impact our community this past spring, Baylor’s Truett Seminary has worked tirelessly to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our students, faculty, and staff as well as to continue to pursue our mission, even as the landscape of education shifts in light of the pandemic.
WACO, Texas (June 24, 2020) — Following extended conversations with and consultation of seminary faculty, alumni and friends, Dean Todd D. Still, Ph.D., announced today, with strong support from university administration, the formation of a Wesley House of Studies at Baylor University’s Truett Seminary. In conjunction, he announced that Dr. William J. Abraham, a theologian, philosopher, author and minister, will serve as the founding director of this strategic initiative.
Dr. Chris Johnson is the Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church of San Antonio where he leads a pastoral staff of ten ministers along with 31 support staff. Prior to serving in this position, he was Pastor of Chalk Bluff Baptist Church in Waco, Texas. Johnson earned a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Baylor University (2004) then went on to complete a Master of Divinity (2009) and a Doctor of Ministry (2016) from Baylor University’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary.
How does the Church celebrate Easter amidst a worldwide pandemic? In this Good Friday edition of Baylor Connections, Dean Todd Still examines what it means to be the Church when we’re physically separated, recounts how the Church has grown during past times of plague and crisis and shares how the current moment compels us to find hope more deeply in Christ’s sacrifice and resurrection.
Emmanuel Roldan is the pastor of Primera Iglesia Bautista de Waco. He earned his Master of Divinity from Baylor University’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary in 2016 and is currently working on a Doctor of Ministry at Truett.
The Reverend Doctor Emily H. McGowin enrolled at Truett in 2003 and earned her Master of Divinity degree in 2007. During that time of study, God equipped her further to be a teacher, scholar, and theologian. At Truett, McGowin learned not only how to be a minister of the gospel and care for others but also to value her own soul care and nurture her relationship with God.
According to David Tate, Director of Truett’s Online Certificate Program, 2019 was the program’s “best year ever.” In 2019, the program welcomed 143 new students with a total of 502 course registrations during the year. A partnership with Texas Baptists to provide a Certificate of Chaplaincy Ministry was announced and $30,000 in grants to provide Certificate-level “scholarships” was received.
Baylor’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary has received a $75,000 grant from the American Association for the Advancement of Science for a project that integrates science content into existing seminary curriculum. The grant is awarded through Science for Seminaries, a project of the AAAS Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion (DoSER) program, in consultation with the Association of Theological Schools (ATS).
Recently, through the generosity of several individual donors and foundations, the Foy Valentine Endowed Professorship in Christian Ethics, was moved from a professorship to a Chair. The professorship was established in 2012 to honor the ministry and memory of pioneer Baptist ethicist Dr. Foy Valentine and has been held by Dr. Roger E. Olson since its inception.
The Faith & Sport Institute is a seven-day retreat in June on Baylor’s campus designed to test the mind, body and spirit. High school student athletes from the Greater Waco area engage in academic sessions and athletic competition focused on five theological pairings: worship and faith, identity and love, training and discipline, suffering and hope, and vocation and courage.
For African American Music Appreciation Month, we asked Master of Divinity student and Truett Chapel Coordinator Matthew Davis to provide a recommendation list of worship songs written and/or recorded by African American artists.