2016-2017 President's Report

A SIGN OF GOD’S GOOD PLEASURE

A letter from the president

Fifty years ago, experts in theological education said seminaries must adopt a secularized message in order to survive. As president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, it is my privilege to report that just the opposite is true. The numbers tell the story. We remained steadfast to God’s Word and are now experiencing the largest enrollment in the institution’s history.

For the last completed academic year (2015-16), there was a record non-duplicating headcount of 5,373 students. Of those, 2,099 students were enrolled in the Master of Divinity program—an increase of 6% from the year before. The enrollment of 1,466 students at Boyce College was an 8% increase from the year before.


“We thank God for the vitality of an institution, founded in 1859, that is experiencing such growth and momentum in the 21st century”.


The training of pastors is absolutely central to our mission. That’s the first assignment given to us by Southern Baptists. The main mechanism whereby we do that is the Master of Divinity degree. And I’m very thankful to report that we have the largest group of Master of Divinity students not only in Southern Seminary’s history but in the history of the Christian Church.

These enrollment numbers represent an incredible stewardship and a sign of God’s good pleasure. We thank God for the vitality of an institution, founded in 1859, that is experiencing such growth and momentum in the 21st century.

One of the most exciting developments of the past year has been the launch of Southern Seminary’s Hispanic Initiatives, which has enrolled 115 students in Spanish language master’s courses in its first full academic year and has formed partnerships with pastors and churches who we see as the crucial leaders for an awakening of Christ’s church in the Spanish-speaking world.

Additionally, Boyce College continued to expand. We announced the development of a new Politics, Philosophy, and Economics (PPE) degree program at Boyce that will enable young Christians to make a difference for Christ at every level of our society. We also introduced the Augustine Collegiate Review, an undergraduate research journal that will address theological, cultural, and philosophical topics from a Christian perspective.

Students came this year from 63 countries and all 50 states and over the course of the year, hundreds went out from Southern Seminary as preachers, church planters, and missionaries. At our May commencement ceremony, we graduated students who are already headed to Uganda, Germany, Venezuela, Brazil, Dominican Republic, China, and more. We’re so thankful that Southern Seminary’s reach encompasses the entire world. There is not a populated continent on the planet without multiple graduates of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary serving in ministry.

Please continue to pray with me that the ministry of Southern Seminary would be faithful to Scripture and to the Great Commission as we seek to prepare God-called ministers to preach the gospel in all of the nations of the earth.

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R. Albert Mohler Jr.
President

Academics

Enrollment for the last completed academic year of 2015-16.

5,373

Total Students

3,709

Southern Students

1,466

Boyce Students

2,099

M.Div. Students

Hispanic Initiative Reach

In the first full academic year since the announcement of Southern Seminary’s Hispanic Initiatives, 115 students enrolled in Spanish language master’s courses. The Hispanic Initiatives allows students to take online Spanish master’s-level courses for $250 per class. The program also includes Miguel Núñez and Juan Sanchez as faculty. Núñez, senior pastor of Iglesia Bautista Internacional (IBI) in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, serves as associate professor of pastoral leadership and lead strategist for Latin
America.

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Astronaut Jeff Williams interviewed in chapel

Speeding around the earth at 17,500 miles per hour, American astronaut Jeff Williams spoke with President R. Albert Mohler Jr. during chapel, Aug. 30, through a NASA downlink interview from the International Space Station.

“When I look out the window and I see this, all of the elements are what you would imagine you would see with a creative work by an infinite God,” Williams said. “You see the design, you see the beauty, you see the purpose, you see all of those elements, you see order in all the details.”

Video of the interview is available online at youtube.com/southernseminary

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125 Years of Doctoral Studies

In 1892, Southern Seminary trustees established as the institution’s highest degree the Doctor of Theology (Th.D.), making SBTS one of the earliest free-standing schools offering a terminal research degree. It later adopted the practice of other schools and changed the degree to a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in the 1974-75 academic year. With 27 Ph.D. graduates in May, the number of terminal research doctoral degrees conferred in the seminary’s history exceeded 2,000.

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500 year-old Torah scroll donated to Southern Seminary

A complete scroll of the Torah dating to the 16th or 17th century was given to Southern Seminary in a presentation at Alumni Memorial Chapel, Sept. 1. President R. Albert Mohler Jr. accepted the scroll from Ken and Barbara Larson, thanking them for their contribution to the seminary’s understanding of the Bible.

The scroll comes from southern Italy and dates around the time of Martin Luther’s death, said Scott Carroll, a biblical scholar of ancient manuscripts. The scroll is housed in the Archives and Special Collections office in Southern Seminary’s Boyce Centennial Library, where students and faculty can conduct further research.

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Boyce College expansion under new dean

Southern Seminary appointed Matthew J. Hall as dean of its undergraduate school, Boyce College. A two-time alumnus of Southern Seminary (M.Div. and Th.M.), Hall previously served as vice president for academic services and chief of staff in the Office of the President. He earned his Ph.D. in American History from the University of Kentucky and was co-editor of the 2015 book, Essential Evangelicalism: The Enduring Legacy of Carl F.H. Henry.

New degree: Philosophy, Politics, and Economics.

Boyce to publish new research journal

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Events

Here We Stand

The 500th anniversary of Martin Luther nailing the 95 Theses on the door of the church in Wittenberg, leading scholars and pastors will celebrate the confessional legacy of the Reformation at Southern Seminary during a three-day conference, “Here We Stand.” Speakers from Southern Seminary, Ligonier Ministries, and Reformed Theological Seminary will explore why the Reformation was necessary, what fueled the movement’s success, and the challenges that remain for evangelicals today.

Join us for this historic commemoration on Southern's campus, Oct. 31 - Nov. 2
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Faculty

New Faculty Elections

In the 2016-17 academic year, Southern Seminary trustees elected to the faculty Michael A.G. Haykin (fall), professor of church history and biblical spirituality; R. Scott Connell, assistant professor of music and worship leadership at Boyce College; Brian Payne, associate professor of Christian theology and church ministry and expository preaching at Boyce; and Charles T. Lewis, assistant professor of church music and worship at Southern Seminary.

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Jones Named Boyce College Associate Dean of Academic Innovation

The newly-appointed associate dean of academic innovation at Boyce College is “a master teacher, a gifted administrator, a proven churchman, and a devoted husband and father,” said Matthew J. Hall, dean of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary’s undergraduate school. Louisville native Kevin Jones, assistant professor of teacher education since 2014, has more than a decade of experience teaching in public schools and colleges, in addition to his service in church ministry roles and community organizations.

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Southern Tops ETS Participation

Southern Seminary led participation with more than 40 faculty and student presentations at the 68th annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, Nov. 15-17. More than 15 presentations dealt with topics related to the conference’s theme on the Trinity. Southern also hosted the Southeast regional meeting March 17-18 with Gene Edward Veith as the plenary speaker, focusing on work and human flourishing. SBTS students and faculty presented more than 50 of the 100 papers at the two-day conference. Some of the papers will be published in a later edition of the Southern Baptist Journal of Theology.

Tyler Flatt joins Boyce faculty

“The more I learned about Southern and Boyce, the more I knew there is nowhere else in the world I would rather work.”

A classicist by training and student at heart, new Boyce College professor Tyler Flatt seeks to help students polish fragments of God’s beautiful design in the stories and adventures of Greek and Roman civilization.

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20 Year Class

In 1997, R. Albert Mohler Jr. solidified the reform of Southern Seminary by adding to the faculty Robert Stein, Tom Nettles, Thomas Schreiner, Hershael York, and Gregory Wills. Stein, a renowned Gospels scholar, retired in 2005. Nettles retired in 2014 but not before the church historian wrote a four-volume Baptist history and biographies of James P. Boyce and Charles Spurgeon. Nettles continues to teach classes on the seminary campus.

Daniel Gurtner joins SBTS faculty

Gurtner joined the SBTS faculty in August 2016 as the Ernest and Mildred Hogan Professor of New Testament Interpretation to teach Greek exegesis and textual criticism. Since 2005, he taught New Testament at Bethel Seminary. Gurtner earned his M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, his Th.M. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and his doctorate in New Testament from the University of Saint Andrews in Scotland.

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Books by Southern Faculty

SCHREINER CO-CHAIRS CSB REVISION

Southern Seminary professor Thomas R. Schreiner served as co-chair for the new Christian Standard Bible translation, released by LifeWay in March. The CSB is a revision of the Holman Christian Standard Bible, which was published in 2004.

“It is an honor for me to serve on a translation team of men and women who truly love God’s Word. Our prayer is that the Lord will use this fresh translation for the spread of the gospel, for the edification of churches, and in times of private reading and prayer.”

Schreiner said the new revision retains the “optimal equivalence” of the HCSB, which is a translation philosophy in between formal (literal) and dynamic (readable), while improving both the faithfulness to original languages and its readability.

CONFESSING THE FAITH (SBTS PRESS)

Written by Basil Manly Jr. in 1858 as the document on which Southern Seminary would be established, the Abstract of Principles sets forth 20 articles of faith that every professor is required to affirm and teach.

In Confessing the Faith: The Living Legacy of Southern Seminary’s Abstract of Principles, 20 of the seminary’s faculty contribute chapters defending and applying the truths of each article of faith. The commentary illustrates both the convictional foundation of the seminary’s identity and the contemporary importance of affirming these doctrines.

Copies of the book can be purchased exclusively at Southern’s LifeWay Campus Store. For phone orders, call (502) 897-4506.

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New books by Southern Faculty

Fall Academic Events

Doxology and Theology

The third Doxology and Theology conference was held Nov. 3-5 at Southern Seminary. The theme, “Worship Reformed,” demonstrated how the Reformation impacted the worship of the church. Speakers: R. Albert Mohler Jr., Trip Lee, Scotty Smith, Matt Boswell, and Bob Kauflin.

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Night of Valor

Maj. Gen. Dondi Costin, chief of chaplains for the United States Air Force, encouraged military chaplaincy to equip soldiers with God’s Word for the trauma of war, Nov. 11.

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What's the Word Forum on Racial Justice

The evangelical church needs to stand against the continuing problem of racism in the United States with a message of reconciliation, said panelists at the What’s the Word forum, Sept. 26. The forums are sponsored by the ONE student group for racial reconciliation.

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10th Annual Andrew Fuller Conference

Church historians focused on theologians Richard Baxter, John Owen, and William Kiffen, Sept. 19-21. The conference brought historians from four continents, including Herman J. Selderhuis (Netherlands), Crawford Gribben (Ireland), Tim Cooper (New Zealand), and David Sytsma (Japan).

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All Student Summit

On Sept. 27, R. Albert Mohler Jr., Randy Stinson, Dan Dumas, Don Whitney, and Jonathan Pennington presented practical messages on spiritual disciplines, reading, marriage, and time and money management at the All Student Summit.

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Expositors Summit - The Mullins Lectures

The Mullins Lectures on Preaching was held in conjunction with the fifth annual Expositors Summit, Oct. 25-27. Steven Lawson, founder and president of OnePassion Ministries, led the Mullins Lectures and focused on heroes of the pulpit George Whitefield, Charles Spurgeon, and Martyn Lloyd-Jones.

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Chapel

Key Southern Baptist pastors, evangelical leaders, and distinguished scholars delivered messages at Southern Seminary chapel services in the 2016-17 academic year, including IMB President David Platt, SBC President Steve Gaines, and Eric Geiger, vice president of LifeWay Christian Resources.

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Spring Academic Events

Joni Eareckson Tada

“Go find someone hurting worse than you and help them,” said Joni Eareckson Tada along with her husband, Ken, during two SBTS events, Feb. 10-11. Tada, founder of Joni and Friends, is a quadriplegic who uses her testimony as a platform to highlight disability ministry.

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Renown Youth Conference

Young Christians are called to be “salt and light” and share the gospel where God has placed them, said Eric Geiger at Boyce College’s Renown Conference, March 17-18. Other speakers included R. Albert Mohler Jr., and Dan Dumas.

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Ben Mitchell at Norton Lectures

Theological reflection on technological advancements in communication and science must counteract an uncritical approach to technology that threatens human existence, said bioethicist C. Ben Mitchell during the Norton Lectures, March 1-2.

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Rod Dreher at Gheens Lectures

With secularism marginalizing the Christian faith, believers should leave behind political battles and “build communities of resistance” to overcome cultural forces, said columnist Rod Dreher at the Feb. 7-8 Gheens Lectures.

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1937 Project

During the fifth annual 1937 Project April 22, 400 volunteers from Southern Seminary and Boyce College logged 1,200 community service hours engaging people in Louisville neighborhoods with the love of Christ. Mayor Greg Fischer assigned 300 volunteers from the 1937 Project to clean up the neighborhoods of Smoketown and Shawnee.

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SWI 20th Gala

Alumni and students gathered to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Seminary Wives
Institute at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary with a gala, May 4. Since its inception in 1997, 2,912 women have participated in SWI classes. 14 students graduated SWI this may, bringing the program’s total to 323 graduates.

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Woman's Auxiliary Hosts Kentucky's First Lady

Glenna Bevin, wife of Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, spoke to 300 attendees at the Woman’s Auxiliary luncheon April 24 to encourage women to step out of their comfort zones for adoption and foster care. The Bevin administration has made overhauling the state’s adoption and foster care system a top priority. A week after the luncheon Gov. Bevin announced the appointment of Dan Dumas, senior vice president for institutional administration, as the leader of the state’s effort to reform the system.

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Piper delivers address to Boyce graduates

“College graduates must reject a life of ease, comfort, and material possessions, and embrace the cross-bearing challenges of the Christian life”

Southern Seminary conferred a record 640 degrees during the 2016-17 academic year. 148 students received degrees from Boyce College, the undergraduate school of Southern Seminary.

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Southern proudly hosts a number of high-quality special events, conferences, and lectures each year for church leaders, lay people, and students from around the country.
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Resources

Ask Anything Live

President R. Albert Mohler Jr. launched Ask Anything Live with episodes streamed live on Facebook and Youtube.

Downloads of “The Briefing” Exceed 24 Million Since launching “The Briefing” Sept. 1, 2010, Mohler has recorded more than 1,500 episodes which have been subsequently downloaded more than 24 million times.

Thinking in Public” Features Leading Thinkers “Thinking in Public” featured interviews with prominent scholars and authors including Yuval Levin, Alan Jacobs, Kevin Vanhoozer, Rod Dreher, and Barton Swaim.

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Veritas

Veritas is a quarterly mailer featuring messages delivered on Southern Seminary’s campus. The third edition of Veritas included a lecture from Scott Pruitt, a former trustee who was later tapped by the Trump administration to lead the Environmental Protection Agency. The most recent edition of Veritas features a recent lecture from R. Albert Mohler Jr. on leadership lessons from the remarkable life of Theodore Roosevelt. Subscription information is available.

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Southern Equip

Southern Equip launched Jan. 19 as the redesigned hub for all of the seminary’s resources, including publications, research journals, sermons, and blogs. The site also includes a new video series, “Honest Answers,” which features SBTS professors answering challenging questions. “Southern Equip extends our faculty’s training and encouragement beyond our degree programs to help ministry leaders be faithful, fruitful, and long-lasting in ministry throughout their lives,” said Steve Watters, vice president for communications.

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Biblical Worship

The Biblical Worship program equips students to lead with a pastoral heart and mind and have a clear vision about their role as they shepherd the congregation in the worship of God. The Billy Graham School equips worship leaders for a ministry in the local church that is gospel centered, musically relevant and pastorally focused.
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GROWTH IN BIBLICAL WORSHIP PROGRAM

Since changing in 2011 from a conservatory-style music curriculum to a program focused on “training pastors who lead worship,” the program has doubled from 40 master’s level students to 81. Additionally, the doctoral program has grown to 20 students and the undergraduate program has expanded to 67 students. Worship students have also benefitted from frequent visits from worship leaders and theologians coming to campus to encourage and engage them in the program, including Keith Getty, Bob Kauflin, Matt Boswell, Matt Papa, Harold Best, Michael Bleeker, and more.

MUSIC TOURS

During the 2016-17 academic year, musical groups from Southern Seminary and Boyce College toured broadly. Norton Hall led worship at for the G-3 Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, as well as their weekly service in chapels at Southern Seminary.
Doxology, the 16-member vocal ensemble led worship at numerous seminary gatherings while also conducting extensive fall and spring tours. Highlights of their fall tour included singing in Minnesota, Indiana, and Ohio. While in Minnesota they sang at Bethlehem Baptist Church and Northwestern College. Over spring break Doxology sang and led worship in South Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, West Virginia, and Kentucky. They sang at Charleston Southern University, Bluefield College, and Clear Creek Baptist. They also led worship at several churches including FBC Roanoke, Virginia, and Bull Street Baptist Church in Savannah, Georgia.

NEW ALBUMS AND VIDEOS

Doxology released the album “The Wondrous Mystery” and Lexington Road has an upcoming album scheduled to be released Summer 2017. New music videos posted at youtube.com/SouthernSeminary included Doxology’s “Nearer, My God, to Thee.”

SONGWRITING SEMINAR

Songwriting Seminar in May 2017, the first song and hymn writing seminar, was held thanks to a generous donation from Edward and Sarah Fu. Bob Kauflin and Craig Adams coached selected students and made a recording with the student hymns and songs to be featured on the Institute for Biblical Worship website.

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Centers

FOR THE TRUTH | CHURCH | WORLD | GLORY O F GOD

13 TEAMS ARE TRAVERSING THE WORLD IN SUPPORT OF IMB MISSIONARIES AND SBTS ALUMNI IN LOCATIONS SUCH AS INDONESIA, RUSSIA, CUBA, INDIA, AND THROUGHOUT THE MIDDLE EAST.

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BEVIN CENTER FOR MISSIONS MOBILIZATION

The Bevin Center exists to connect the classroom to the mission field. This year, 13 teams are traversing the world in support of IMB missionaries and SBTS alumni in locations such as Indonesia, Russia, Cuba, India, and throughout the Middle East. Each team is led by SBTS and Boyce College professors and student ambassadors. Along with the international efforts, the Bevin Center is aggressively mobilizing students for campus evangelism at University of Louisville; preaching in jails, rescue missions, and retirement homes; serving in hospitals, Scarlet Hope, and Refuge ministry. The monthly gatherings of Church Planting 101 and Global Connections continue to bring leaders and recruiters from NAMB, the IMB, and many other church planting and missions organizations.

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JENKINS CENTER FOR THE CHRISTIAN UNDERSTANDING OF ISLAM

The Jenkins Center provides a decisively Christian understanding of Islam, while applying these convictions in ministry to Muslims locally, nationally, and globally. This year, the center hosted five Impacting the World of Islam events with over 150 students attending overall. Speakers discussed their experiences in ministry with Muslims and encouraged attendees to pray for and connect with Muslims.
The center hosted two trips to Dearborn, Michigan, which is considered the “Mecca of
America,” in order to allow students to engage a Muslim community with the gospel. Summer study trips include 22 students traveling to North Iraq, North Africa, and Southern Spain to learn and practice Muslim-Christian apologetics. Next semester the center will host two academic lectures on Islam, a Boyce-Jenkins evangelistic week, and a women-only event on evangelism among Muslims.

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THE MATHENA CENTER FOR CHURCH REVITALIZATION

The Mathena Center hosted events in both fall and spring semesters. In the fall they
welcomed Mark Clifton, senior director of church replanting with NAMB, to talk about
the need for church revitalization and how NAMB is meeting that need through Replant.
In the spring, they invited four local pastors to talk about the extraordinary work of God through revitalization efforts in the churches they shepherd. The Mathena Center internship doubled in its second year and Biblical Church Revitalization, written by senior fellow Brian Croft, was a finalist for book of the year with The Gospel Coalition and is a primary resource NAMB uses to train their church revitalizers.

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THE ANDREW FULLER CENTER FOR BAPTIST STUDIES

Through academic publisher Walter de Gruyter, The Fuller Center has published three volumes in the projected 16-volume series of the Works of Andrew Fuller: Strictures on Sandemanianism (vol. 9), edited by Nathan A. Finn; The Diary of Andrew Fuller, 1780-1801 (vol. 1), edited by Michael D. McMullen and Timothy D. Whelan; and Memoirs of Rev. Samuel Pearce (vol. 4), edited by Michael A.G. Haykin.

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THE CENTER FOR GOSPEL AND CULTURE

The Center for Gospel and Culture exists “to equip God’s people to engage the culture from a biblical worldview perspective.” This year, the center was grateful to host Rod Dreher for a lecture on his New York Times bestselling book The Benedict Option. These were stimulating lectures about how Christians are to live out their faith in the post-Christian West, which is becoming increasingly hostile to Christianity. These lectures put Boyce College and Southern Seminary on the front end of one of the most important debates unfolding among evangelicals today.

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THE COMMONWEAL PROJECT

The Commonweal Project hosted a variety of events to include lecture lunches, faculty addresses, a local business leaders dinner presentation, a conference, and a colloquium. Through these events The Commonweal Project reached approximately 600 faculty, students, and visiting scholars. The Commonweal Project was
pleased to host Gene Veith, Jay Richards, and Os Guinness among the speakers.

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Southern in the News

During the 2016-17 academic year, leaders from Southern Seminary appeared in more than 4,020 news articles and television and radio news programs.

Mohler, Southern Seminary faculty, alumni, and students were quoted in such major news outlets as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, CBS, ABC, CNN, The Associated Press, The Economist, The Atlantic, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and many others. Additionally, national Christian news outlets WORLD Magazine, Christianity Today, Baptist Press, as well as national journals, like National Review and First Things, also regularly cite Mohler and others. In the Louisville area, major coverage of Southern Seminary has appeared in The Courier-Journal, all the local television network affiliates, as well as many local television and radio news broadcasts across the nation.

Students

Freddy Sinarahua

Freddy Sinarahua Apuela almost didn’t make it to the meeting he thought was a job interview because he had plans to be hungover that morning. He’d just finished college and now passed his time partying his life away as a semi-pro skateboarder in Lima, Peru. Figuring he might be able to get a job as an interpreter, Freddy attended a meeting where IMB missionary Brian Henderson told him they didn’t have any such jobs for him. But Henderson said Freddy could attend their English lessons and get to know a few of their interpreters.

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Giang Tran

Growing up in Vietnam, Giang Tran had never heard the word “Christian” in his life. As far as he can recall, he’d never even met a Christian. His entire family was Buddhist, and he grew up in a culture steeped in ancestor worship. But at 17 years old, Tran and his parents decided he should attend a private school in America. The only private school near Tran’s great aunt, with whom he was to live in America, was Montrose Christian School, a ministry of Montrose Baptist Church in Rockville, Maryland.

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Llambés Siblings

Since moving from their family’s missionary work in Latin America to Louisville, the three Llambés siblings have flourished together at Boyce College. Sarah, Charles, and Bianca Llambés spent the early years of their lives in Miami, Florida, before their parents moved to the Dominican Republic. Their parents, Carlos and Liliana, are enrolled in online master’s classes through Southern’s Hispanic Initiatives and have since moved to Mexico City for missions work.

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SYKES PREACHES AT STUDENT AWARDS CHAPEL

“You are going to go out of here and minister to a culture that is dilapidated and decaying … You can take comfort in Scripture”

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Alumni

Maj. Gen. Dondi E. Costin

Despite 30 years of military experience and receiving a myriad of medals and degrees,
Maj. Gen. Dondi E. Costin says he doubts President Obama would have promoted him to chief of chaplains of the Air Force in August 2015 without the teaching he received from Southern Seminary.

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Jeremy Yong

Jeremy Yong pastors in the Los Angeles suburb of Hacienda Heights, where nearly 80 percent of its population is Asian or Hispanic, the two fastest-growing ethnic groups in the United States. Yong, a Chinese-American, says churches should resemble their communities but also be mindful of the cultural barriers that stand in the way of building healthy congregations.

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Andy Davis

Before Andy Davis preached verse-by-verse through the book of Isaiah, he memorized all 1,292 of them. It’s a discipline he developed while working as a mechanical engineer in 1986. When Davis finished his Ph.D. in church history in 1998, he accepted the call as pastor of the historic First Baptist Church Durham, North Carolina. Ministering in the Research Triangle, Davis says verse-by-verse expository preaching is the best tool to fight secularism.

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ALUMNI ACADEMY

Southern professors led three Alumni Academy events this past year. Ayman Ibrahim and John Klaassen led sessions to focus on Muslim engagement at the Alumni Academy Aug. 8-9, 2016. Bruce Ware, Michael A.G. Haykin, and Stephen J. Wellum discussed the doctrine of the Trinity at the Alumni Academy, Sept. 29-30, 2016. Robert L. Plummer and guest scholar Steven Runge led the Jan. 13-14 Alumni Academy on “The Minister and the Greek New Testament.” Join us Aug. 3-4 for the next Alumni Academy on church revitalization with Brian Croft, Tim Beougher, Mark Clifton, and Andy Davis.

AIMING HIGH

Southern Seminary hosted the fourth annual Aiming High sporting clay shoot May 26 at the Jefferson Gun Club in Brooks, Kentucky, with proceeds going to the Southern Seminary annual fund, which helps lower student tuition. The next Aiming High event will be spring 2018.

HERITAGE WEEK

Southern Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr. delivered a special Oct. 14 message in Broadus Chapel during the institution’s annual Heritage Week, preaching about the resolute faith Christians should have for God’s promises in a fallen world. Join us for Heritage Week this fall, Oct. 9-12, 2017.

HERITAGE GOLF CLASSIC

The 13th annual Heritage Golf Classic at the Big Spring Country Club in Louisville, Kentucky, raised $125,000 for Southern’s student tuition fund on Aug. 22. A total of 112 golfers participated in the friendly competition with the victory going to Paul Wissink, Drew Allenspach, and Chris Carpenter, with a score of 56. The $5,000 Rick Bordas Scholarship was awarded to Southern M.Div. student and Marine Corps veteran Pat Cole. The next Heritage Classic will be Aug. 28, 2017, at Big Spring Country Club.

Financial

$51.6 MILLION BUDGET APPROVED FOR 2017-18 ACADEMIC YEAR REPRESENTS 35% GROWTH OVER THE BUDGET 5 YEARS AGO

SHELLEY CAULDER ILLUSTRATES “COMPREHENSIVE GIVING” AS DONOR AND STUDENT

Since losing his beloved wife, Charlotte, to cancer, Shelley Caulder has enriched the classrooms at Southern Seminary with generosity, kindness, and encouragement. Caulder’s time as a Southern student has been during a season of great grief in his life. Soon to be 87, he faithfully learns more about the God he loves, comforts students in their own times of loss, and carries his late wife’s legacy. Caulder’s love for Southern, for Charlotte, and for students gave birth to a scholarship fund in Charlotte’s name. “[Caulder] gives of his whole self, including time, attention, affection, finances, and joy,” said R. Albert Mohler Jr.

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Southern Seminary’s Giving Days raise $300K, alumni share testimonials

The first-ever Giving Days, April 20-23, raised over $300,000 for the seminary. The weekend gave students, alumni, donors, and faculty the opportunity to tell their stories, support the institution financially, and serve the community of Louisville.

Students, faculty, and alumni shared their stories through social media for Tell Day on April 20. Several notable figures in the Southern Baptist Convention recorded testimonies during Tell Day, including Mark Dever, Kevin Ezell, Greg Gilbert, Eric Geiger, and Southern Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr.

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COOPERATIVE PROGRAM SPEEDS MINISTRY DEPLOYMENT

Generous giving through your local churches that participate in the cooperative program provided almost a quarter of the seminary’s funding, helping to speed the deployment of Southern graduates to the ends of the earth.

“Together, through the Cooperative Program giving, your ministries are multiplied, but only God gets the credit,” Richards said. “It’s not about Southern Baptists, it’s not about an organization. It’s about advancing the kingdom of God and it’s a tool that God has given us. And ministry is not just about going; it’s about giving.” – Jim Richards

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