Dr. Mohler speaking at SBC meeting

President Mohler Encourages Continued Faithfulness at 2023 SBC Annual Meeting, Honored for Thirty Years of Service

Communications Staff — June 22, 2023

During the President’s Report for The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary at the 2023 SBC Annual Meeting, President R. Albert Mohler, Jr. received heartfelt appreciation for his thirty years of dedicated service. Josh Powell, the current Chairman of the Southern Seminary Trustee Board, expressed deep gratitude and announced that in December 2023, President Mohler will become the longest-serving president in the history of The Southern Baptist Seminary and the longest-serving leader of any SBC entity.

Speaking on behalf of the board, Powell stated, “We want to express our gratitude for thirty years of unwavering leadership, commitment to biblical truth, and unwavering adherence to our confessional standards.” The crowd responded with a standing ovation, underscoring their deep respect and admiration for President Mohler.

President Mohler initiated his report by extending his gratitude to the Southern Baptist community for the privilege of serving at Southern Seminary for three decades. He highlighted how the Lord has done more at Southern Seminary than he could have ever imagined as the seminary continues to have unprecedented enrollment and a secure financial future the remarkable progress the seminary has made under his leadership, including unprecedented enrollment and a strong financial foundation.

Drawing inspiration from 2 Timothy 2:15, President Mohler urged the churches of the Southern Baptist Convention to remain steadfast in their commitment to faithfully handle the Word of truth. He emphasized the significance of nurturing the next generation of pastors, missionaries, and gospel ministers within their congregations. With passion, President Mohler declared, “Let us not forget that within your church right now, there may be a young boy whom God will call to preach. I pray that he, like myself, will be nurtured by faithful Southern Baptists to love the Word of God, embrace the gospel, and encounter the saving grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

President Mohler’s report encapsulated his deep appreciation for the Southern Baptist Convention and encouraged pastors and congregants alike to remain faithful in handling the Word of God as they seek to invest in the next generation of leaders.

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