On October 15, 2018, Matt Homeyer, MDiv ‘07, DMin ‘16, will begin his service at Baylor University’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary in the newly created position of Assistant Dean for External Affairs. Dr. Homeyer previously served as the Director of Ministry Connections at Truett.
“I am a pastor. But the only other ministry role that excites me as much as pastoring is to work at Truett Seminary and serve the church by training, equipping, and encouraging ministers and church leaders,” Dr. Homeyer said. “This was an unlooked for but wonderful opportunity for me and my family. We are thrilled about remaining in Waco as part of the Baylor and Truett family.”
As Assistant Dean for External Affairs, Dr. Homeyer will provide leadership and vision for how the Seminary engages externally with a variety of constituents, including congregations, professional organizations, and alumni as well as local, state, national, and international Christian leaders.
“What is true of Baylor University in general is true of Baylor’s Truett Seminary in particular: We are Pro Ecclesia, Pro Texana (“For [the] Church, for Texas [and beyond!]”). The Assistant Dean for External Affairs will enable Baylor’s Seminary to connect more effectively and to serve more efficiently our varied and vast constituencies, not least the churches that have made Truett what it is becoming," said Dr. Todd D. Still, the Charles J. and Eleanor McLerran DeLancey Dean and William M. Hinson Professor of Christian Scriptures at Baylor’s Truett Seminary. "The creation of this position and the appointment of Dr. Matt Homeyer to the same is meant to communicate clearly that Truett Seminary is of, by, and for the Church as it seeks bear winsome witness to God’s good, yet broken, world.”
In his role as Assistant Dean for External Affairs, Dr. Homeyer will direct the newly developed Truett Church Network, which will serve as a bridge between the Seminary and local congregations. Furthermore, following the retirement of Ron Cook, PhD, Associate Professor of Christian Scriptures, in May 2019, he will also oversee Truett’s Center for Ministry Effectiveness.
Dr. Homeyer will also continue to provide leadership for the Office of Ministry Connections. Meanwhile, Jack Bodenhammer, who worked with Dr. Homeyer as a Career Advisor, will transition to the role of Assistant Director of Ministry Connections, working with students and churches, providing training for the ministry search process, and collaborating with the Ministry Guidance program in Baylor’s Religion Department.
“Truett provides many resources for ministers who have graduated seminary and for churches and church leaders,” Dr. Homeyer said. “The need for effective leaders in congregations is ever-present, and we hope to collaborate with our key ministry partners to encourage and equip the women and men who will lead Christ’s church in the decades to come.”
“I am grateful that Matt Homeyer will serve as Assistant Dean for External Affairs at Baylor’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary,” said Matt Snowden, DMin ’09, Pastor of First Baptist Church Waco. “Dr. Homeyer has a sharp mind and a generous heart. He has a genuine love for pastors and the local church. He is a growing Christian, loving family man, and real friend. He will bless and encourage many through this new role. I welcome this news with enthusiasm.”
“Not long after I became Dean in 2015, I worked with a team to bring Matt Homeyer back to Baylor’s Truett Seminary so that he might guide our placement services,” Dean Still said. “Over the course of the past three years, I have worked closely with Dr. Homeyer in serving our students and constituents, particularly churches willing to partner with us. In so doing, I have been duly impressed with Matt’s ability and his capacity. It delights me, then, to promote Matt to this new role. His skills and sensibilities will allow him and those with whom he connects on behalf of Truett to thrive for Kingdom causes.”