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Adam Greenway resigns as Southwestern Seminary president

(RNS) — The president of one of many Southern Baptist Conference’s largest seminaries resigned on Friday (Sept. 23), lower than 4 years after taking workplace.

Adam Greenway was elected president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2019, in hopes that he would assist the varsity get well from the controversial tenure of former President Paige Patterson, who was fired in 2018 for mishandling abuse allegations.

Greenway resigned throughout a gathering of the seminary’s govt committee. He’ll take a brand new function on the Southern Baptist Conference’s Worldwide Mission Board, in keeping with an announcement from the seminary.

“In receiving President Greenway’s resignation, we specific our deepest appreciation for his greater than three and one-half years of service to his alma mater,” stated Danny Roberts, chair of the Southwestern board. “He got here to Southwestern Seminary throughout a troublesome time of transition and has labored tirelessly to guide the establishment to serve properly the church buildings of the Southern Baptist Conference.”  

Longtime SBC chief O.S. Hawkins, a Southwestern alum who just lately retired as president of GuideStone Monetary Providers — the insurance coverage and retirement arm of the SBC — was named performing president.

In an announcement, Greenway stated he was unprepared for the large “reputational, authorized and monetary realities” going through the seminary, which have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Greenway stated that he and his spouse, Carla, have been able to embrace his new function on the IMB.

“We’ve performed our greatest to serve Southern Baptists by serving to place our seminary for the longer term, however a lot, a lot work stays to be performed,” he stated. “However, within the Windfall of God we sense a launch from our duties right here.”

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“We are going to proceed to serve Southern Baptists as now we have all through the course of our lives and ministry,” Greenway stated in an announcement. “We consider our subsequent project isn’t a departure from however a continuation alongside the journey God has at all times had us stroll.”

Situated in Fort Value, Texas, Southwestern reported having 2,331 college students within the 2021–22 tutorial yr, in keeping with the Affiliation of Theological Colleges. Lots of these college students have been part-time, as the varsity reported a full-time equal enrollment of 1,105 in 2021–22, down from 1,414 in 2019–2020.

In accordance with SBC’s 2022 ebook of studies, the varsity’s projected working price range for the present fiscal yr is $37,367,884, at a time when its tuition income is in decline, requiring Southwestern to rely extra closely on its endowment and donations.

In 2021, Southwestern and Baylor College sued allies of former Southwestern President Patterson over management of a basis that had been set as much as profit the 2 colleges. That basis’s trustees had modified their inner guidelines with a view to ship funds to a charity run by Patterson. The college additionally accused Patterson of stealing seminary property and confidential donor data in its 2021 report back to the Southern Baptist Conference annual assembly.

A Southwestern graduate, Greenway was dean of the Billy Graham Faculty of Missions, Evangelism and Ministry at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary earlier than being elected Southwestern’s president.

He’s one among a collection of SBC entity heads to go away workplace in recent times, usually within the midst of controversy. Others embrace former SBC Government Committee Presidents Ronnie Floyd and Paige Patterson; David Platt, former president of the SBC’s Worldwide Mission Board, who resigned after a troubled tenure that included the lack of practically 1,000 missionaries on account of price range cuts; and Russell Moore, former president of the SBC’s Ethics and Spiritual Liberty Fee, a critic of former President Donald Trump.

“As of late are extremely difficult within the lifetime of our denomination,” stated Greenway in his resignation assertion. 

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