With students returning for the Spring 2020 semester next week, we want to take a moment to reflect on a few of the many highlights from the past year at George W. Truett Theological Seminary.
In 2019, Truett Seminary:
The inaugural African American Preaching Conference in September 2019 welcomed over 300 guests to the Truett campus to hear from noted speakers, including Bishop Vashti McKenzie, Dr. Ralph Douglas West, and Dr. Charlie Dates. Outstanding preachers also took the stage at First Baptist Church of Waco for the inaugural National Preaching Conference in November 2019. Featured speakers included Beth Moore, Alistair Begg, Tony Evans, and more. Both conferences were hosted by the Kyle Lake Center for Effective Preaching.
Truett’s Online Certificate Program launched a new opportunity for program participants to earn credit toward their certificates. These two-day seminars are held on the Seminary campus and are taught be Truett faculty. 2019 seminar topics included Preaching, the Gospel of Luke, and Spiritual Direction.
Truett was thrilled to welcome a number of gifted speakers to the Powell Chapel pulpit in 2019. From Fleming Rutledge’s Parchman Lectures to Jamie McCallum’s encouragement as Pastor of the Day, all Truett Chapel services can be viewed online.
At Truett, our mission is to equip God-called people for gospel ministry in and alongside Christ's Church by the power of the Holy Spirit. At the May, August, and December commencement services, we celebrate those students who have persevered through this “equipping” and bless them as they move forward toward their callings.
With great excitement, Truett welcomed two new faculty members in Fall 2019. Dr. Angela Gorrell now serves as Assistant Professor of Practical Theology and Dr. Rebecca Poe Hays serves as Assistant Professor of Christian Scriptures.
The Faith & Sport Institute Retreat engages and forms young men and women to become strong leaders in sports, church, and beyond. The second annual Retreat was held in June, bringing high school student athletes eager to learn about the integration of faith and sports to the Baylor campus.
As Baylor University presses onward toward its $1.1 billion Give Light campaign goal, so too does Truett Seminary seek to support current and future initiatives through development work. 2019 saw encouraging success in this area, including the funding of the Foy Valentine Endowed Professorship in Christian Ethics and a $75,000 grant received from the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
The Fall 2019 semester marked the 25th year since Truett Seminary began offering classes. In honor of this significant occasion, Truett hosted a special Fall 2019 Convocation service at First Baptist Church of Waco, celebrating those who helped light the way during the Seminary’s first 25 years.
In Fall 2019, Truett welcomed its first class of Doctor of Philosophy in Preaching students. Truett’s degree is the only PhD in Preaching in the free-church tradition offered at a major research university, making Baylor the leading institution for significant research and study in this tradition and area of study.
With the appointment of Dr. Matt Homeyer as its director, the Truett Church Network was launched in the summer of 2019. This new initiative will seek to support alumni and friends working in ministry by providing resources for education, inspiration, and rejuvenation.