SOUTH CAROLINA BAPTIST LEADERS JOIN AU STRATEGIC FACULTY TEAM
Ten well-known Southern Baptist pastors and leaders are part of the “Strategic Faculty” team for the Master of Ministry (M.Min.) program at Anderson University (AU), according to Michael Duduit, dean of the Graduate School of Christian Ministry at AU. The M.Min. program will launch both campus and online programs in August 2009.
“We are excited about the level of experience and commitment represented on our Strategic Faculty,” Duduit says. “These top leaders have agreed to be a key part of our instructional program, either through involvement in our campus classrooms or sharing in the video-based instruction through our online degree program.”
South Carolina leaders on the team include Frank Page, senior pastor, First Baptist Church, Taylors; Michael Hamlet, senior pastor, First Baptist Church, North Spartanburg; Don Wilton, senior pastor, First Baptist Church, Spartanburg; Don Cox, senior pastor, Concord Baptist Church, Anderson; and George Bullard, ministry partner & strategic coordinator with the Columbia Partnership in Columbia and former staff member with the South Carolina Baptist Convention.
Other Strategic Faculty members are as follows: Mike Glenn, senior pastor, Brentwood Baptist Church, Brentwood, Tenn.; Calvin Miller, retired professor of preaching, Beeson Divinity School, Birmingham, Ala.; Ed Stetzer, president of LifeWay Research, Nashville, Tenn., and a former church planter; Brad Waggoner, president and publisher, B&H Publishing Group, Nashville, Tenn., and former dean of the School of Leadership at Southern Seminary; and James Emery White, founding pastor, Mecklenburg Community Church, Charlotte, N.C.
The extensive and varied experiences reflected on the Strategic Faculty team are evidence of the intensely practical nature of the new M.Min. program at Anderson, according to the dean.
“The Master of Ministry is a unique and alternative model of ministry education for the 21st century, focused on the core competencies of leadership in the local church,” Duduit explains. “The leadership experience of our Strategic Faculty members is precisely the kind of practical perspective we’ll be emphasizing in this program. We want to help equip God-called leaders who are ready to serve churches and ministries at the highest levels of effectiveness.”
Duduit, who joined AU in 2008 as dean and professor of Christian Ministry, is founding editor of Preaching magazine and writes a weekly newsletter for more than 20,000 pastors and church leaders. He has been a pastor and associate pastor and has taught at several Baptist schools, including Union University and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
For more information on the M.Min. program, visit www.auministry.com <http://www.auministry.com/> , or call Dr. Michael Duduit (864) 328-1809.