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Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary nominates new president

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary alumnus Adam W. Greenway, dean of the Billy Graham School of Missions, Evangelism and Ministry at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, has been unanimously selected by Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s Presidential Search Committee as the next president of the Fort Worth-based seminary.

Greenway, 41, has served in many denominational leadership roles, including vice chairman of the Evangelism Task Force (2018), president of the Kentucky Baptist Convention (2011-2012), trustee and board chairman for LifeWay Christian Resources (2005-2015), and current chairman of the SBC Committee on Order of Business.

The search committee will bring Greenway’s nomination to the full Board of Trustees for a vote during a special called meeting to be held on Feb. 26–27, 2019. If elected, Greenway will become Southwestern Seminary’s ninth president.

Greenway currently serves as dean of the Billy Graham School and as William Walker Brookes Associate Professor of Evangelism and Apologetics at Southern Seminary. Since becoming dean in 2013, Greenway has led the Billy Graham School to become the largest graduate school at any Southern Baptist seminary with over 2,100 students currently enrolled.

A nine member search committee was appointed in August 2018 by Kevin Ueckert, chairman of Southwestern Seminary’s Board of Trustees. The committee reviewed dozens of recommendations, resumes and questionnaires from a diverse field of candidates.

A native of Frostproof, Fla., Greenway is a 1998 graduate of Samford University who earned a Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Seminary in 2002. He went on to earn a Ph.D. in Evangelism and Apologetics from Southern Seminary in 2007. In 2016, Greenway completed a Master of Nonprofit Administration degree at the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame.

As a student on Seminary Hill, Greenway met his wife Carla. They have been married since 2003 and have two children, Wade (9) and Caroline (3). Carla Greenway, a 2002 Master of Arts in Christian Education graduate of Southwestern Seminary, has served several Southern Baptist churches in children’s and family ministry roles, as well as in Christian school administration.

Appointed in August 2018 by Kevin Ueckert, chairman of Southwestern Seminary’s Board of Trustees, the nine-member search committee comprised men and women from diverse racial, cultural and geographic backgrounds. The committee reviewed dozens of recommendations, resumes and questionnaires from a diverse field of candidates.

In May 2018, the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary removed Paige Patterson as president following allegations that Patterson made demeaning comments to women who he suggests should tolerate abuse.

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