LOUISVILLE, Ky. (KT) - Two men with a lengthy history of service to Kentucky Baptists who moved on to take top leadership positions at The Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary returned to Kentucky on Thursday to be honored.
On Feb. 27, Southwestern’s board of trustees elected Dr. Adam Greenway as the seminary’s ninth president and Dr. Randy Stinson was elected provost and vice president for academic administration. Both men were presented plaques at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary’s chapel service on Thursday, then were honored at a reception which followed.
Greenway’s plaque included a page from a 1614 King James Bible that included the text of Hebrews 12:1. Stinson’s plaque included a page from a 17th century King James Bible that included Psalm 19.
Southern Seminary President Dr. Albert Mohler lauded the work of both men, noting they were faculty members at Southern for virtually a generation. He said it is a matter of “institutional pride” that they have assumed top leadership positions at Southwestern.
“Thank you seems to be most appropriate — the Lord has given me the extra honor of serving as dean (at Southern) for six years,” said Greenway, who served as dean of the Billy Graham School of Missions, Evangelism and Ministry at Southern. “I would not have been prepared (for the Southwestern presidency) had it not been for my time here at Southern Seminary.”
“This seminary has shaped us in every conceivable way,” Stinson told students and faculty.
In looking back on his years of ministry in Kentucky, Greenway said he is thankful for being able to work alongside former Kentucky Baptist Convention Executive Director Paul Chitwood in helping build KBC “in a transformative way to be a flagship institution.” Greenway, who was the youngest elected president in KBC history, said he relishes the relationships he has had with pastors and members of KBC churches. “I will forever be grateful for their love and the way they nurtured me along the way. I want Kentucky Baptists to know they have a friend at Southwestern Seminary.”
Greenway served as pastor of The Baptist Church at Andover in Lexington, but also stepped in to serve numerous churches in an interim role.
Stinson praised his colleagues at Southern Seminary who he said have been “incredibly supportive” in his move to the seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. He added that the Southwestern faculty “welcomed me with open arms.”
Stinson’s affiliation with Southern Seminary began when he went onto campus in January 1997 as a student. After completing his studies, he was asked to be a faculty member. During his time in Louisville, he pastored Parkwood Baptist Church for three years, and also did a number of interim pastorates.