T. Vaughn Walker, First Full-Time African American Professor at Southern Baptist Convention Seminary, Dies at 68

T. Vaughn Walker, senior pastor of First Gethsemane Baptist Church in Louisville, Ky., and WMU professor of Christian ministries at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, preached, using LifeWay’s YOU Sunday school/small group curriculum as his reference.

T. Vaughn Walker, the first African American elected as a full-time professor at a Southern Baptist Convention seminary, passed away at age 68.

Walker, who served as a professor at the Louisville, Kentucky-based Southern Baptist Theological Seminary for 30 years, died late Saturday evening.

Many Southern Baptist leaders paid their respects on social media, including current SBTS President Albert Mohler.

“So thankful for the life and legacy of Dr. T. Vaughn Walker, longtime professor at @SBTS and the first African-American to be elected as full professor in an SBC seminary. He died late last night,” tweeted Mohler on Sunday. “A gracious, kind, constant friend to me. He loved teaching preachers.”

Russell Moore, president of the SBC’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, also tweeted his condolences over the passing of his former colleague.

“He was the first tenured African-American seminary professor in SBC history. He was a godly leader, and a gracious Christian man,” posted Moore on Sunday morning.

A native of Heathsville, Virginia, Walker was born in 1950 as the eldest son of Thomas and Mary Walker. In 1984, he earned a Ph.D. from Oregon State University and became an educator.

In 1986, Walker was appointed the first African-American professor at any Southern Baptist seminary, eventually being elected to the faculty in 1997.

Walker initially worked as an assistant professor at the Carver School of Church Social Work, then moved to the School of Theology, and eventually to the Billy Graham School of Missions, Evangelism and Ministry in 2003.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski