Jamie Dew, president of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and Leavell College, added to his administrative team with the appointments of a new vice president and associate vice president. Dew made the announcement Nov. 25.
Dew appointed long-time Florida pastor Mike Wetzel to serve as vice president for institutional advancement. Chris Shaffer, who currently serves as assistant to the president, will move into the newly-created administrative role of associate vice president for institutional strategy.
“With these additions, I sense the favor of God in assembling a fantastic administrative team,” Dew said. “As a new president, I take courage knowing that God has given me a team characterized by wisdom, talent, compassion, and vision. And even more, I’m deeply encouraged by the unity and camaraderie within this team.
“Our team was already fantastic,” he continued. “But the additions of Dr. Mike Wetzel and Dr. Chris Shaffer are the icing on the cake!”
Mike Wetzel, who earned master of divinity and doctor of ministry degrees from NOBTS, joined the administrative team at his alma mater after 27 years as pastor of The Island Chapel in Tierra Verde, Fla. He planted the church in 1991 while serving as a church planter apprentice with the Home Mission Board (now the North American Mission Board). Wetzel had been tasked with starting a new church every six months. He already planted two other churches before planting The Island Chapel. Instead of moving on to plant another church, Wetzel was able to stay on as the pastor. He and his wife, Maria, planted their lives in Tierra Verde and God has blessed them with a vibrant church family.
When Dew contacted Wetzel about the vice president for institutional advancement, he agreed to pray about the opportunity. In the past, when job offers came Wetzel’s way, God answered quickly and he continued to lead The Island Chapel, a role which has given him great joy. This time was different. According to Wetzel, God didn’t give him an immediate “yes” or an immediate “no.” The Wetzels committed the opportunity to prayer and slowly walked through the interview process. Before long, God’s answer was “yes” and the Wetzel’s decided to answer His call.
“We feel like we are giving up our Isaac,” Wetzel said. “When God speaks to you, you do what He asks.”
Wetzel announced the upcoming move to his church on Nov. 24. His last Sunday at The Island Chapel will be Dec. 15.
“We are thrilled to have Dr. Mike Wetzel joining the team as vice president for institutional advancement,” Dew said. “In our search, we looked for someone who not only knew the NOBTS family well, but could also tell the story with clarity and passion, cultivate close relationships with our donors, and could execute our advancement strategy. Mike is a perfect match for this and he has a proven track record in advancement.”
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Source: Baptist Press