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SWBTS pres. search team to focus 1st meeting on prayer

FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- The first meeting of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary's presidential search team, slated for Sept. 10-11, will focus on prayer, according to an Aug. 31 news release from the group's chairman Danny Roberts. "On behalf of the entire presidential search team of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, we ask you to partner with us in prayer," said Roberts, executive pastor of North Richland Hills (Texas) Baptist Church. Roberts offered a prayer in the release. "Mighty Father, lead us to the man You have chosen for Your great school. Give us wisdom and clarity to recognize Your will and follow it in the process," he prayed, "We ask that, as a result of this calling, You will use this man to train and encourage many men and women to 'Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit' (Matthew 28:19)."

SWBTS appoints 9-member presidential search committee

FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- A search committee comprising nine Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary trustees has been appointed to recommend the seminary's next president. Led by chairman Danny Roberts, an at-large trustee and executive pastor of North Richland Hills (Texas) Baptist Church, the search committee was appointed by trustee chairman Kevin Ueckert and announced to the full board Aug. 23. In addition to Roberts, the committee includes: Denise Ewing (Ill.), Jamie Green (at-large, search committee secretary), Guy Grimes (Calif.), Todd Houston (N.C.), Tom James (Ky.), Philip Levant (at-large), Andre Palmer (N.Y.) and Calvin Wittman (Colo., search committee vice chair). Ueckert and board vice chair Connie Hancock are ex officio members of the committee.