“Decades ago, Mark Dever and I were fellow students at Southern Seminary,” R. Albert Mohler Jr. noted in a news release Sept. 6 about Dever’s appointment as the inaugural Duke K. McCall Professor of Pastoral Leadership.
“Our friendship was born out of prayer, common conviction, common vision and a common hope for a scriptural reformation within our churches, the Southern Baptist Convention and, most urgently, Southern Seminary,” Mohler said.
“Imagine my joy, so many years later, to see how God has answered our prayers. That joy is so powerfully evident in the announcement that Mark Dever will assume this new responsibility as the Duke K. McCall Professor of Pastoral Leadership. This great and influential pastor-scholar is exactly what we need as the first incumbent of the McCall Chair.”
Mohler, who has led Southern Baptist Theological Seminary since 1993, announced Dever’s appointment during the Aug. 27 convocation at the Louisville, Ky., campus.
Dever will continue as senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington D.C., where he has served since 1994. He also is president of the 9Marks leadership and church health ministry.
A leading pastor and theologian in Southern Baptist and broader evangelical life, Dever is the author of nearly 20 books on topics ranging from theology to church life, including “Nine Marks of a Healthy Church,” “Discipling: How to Help Others Follow Jesus” and “The Church: The Gospel Made Visible.”
Dever holds a master of divinity degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, a master of theology from Southern Seminary and a doctor of philosophy from Cambridge University.
The faculty chair is endowed by the family of Duke K. McCall, the seventh and longest-serving president of Southern Seminary. McCall is an essential part of the Southern Seminary story, Mohler said, and the establishment of a chair in his honor reflects his legacy nearly 40 years after his presidency.
“Dr. McCall, the seventh president of Southern Seminary, had already been president for almost 30 years when I arrived as a student. You cannot tell the story of Southern Seminary without him. In this announcement, the past, present and future of Southern Seminary combine.”
Matthew J. Hall, provost of Southern Seminary, described McCall as a “transformational leader” for both Southern Seminary and the Southern Baptist Convention. His influence continues to this day, both with the annual McCall Lectures and now the endowed faculty chair.
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Source: Baptist Press