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Adult education specialist named New Orleans prof

NEW ORLEANS (BP)–Joel B. “Joe” Sherrer of Norman, Okla., will be associate professor of adult education, occupying the John T. Sisemore Chair of Christian Education at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, effective Aug. He was elected by the seminary’s trustee executive committee June 8.
Sherrer has been education minister at Southern Hills Baptist Church in Oklahoma City since 1990 and was associate director of the religious education department for the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma from 1986-90. He has 25 years of experience in Southern Baptist churches and denominational agencies, including extensive denominational writing and teaching and conference leading on adult education and principles of teaching over 18 years at Glorieta (N.M.) and Ridgecrest (N.C.) conference centers.
Before joining the Oklahoma convention’s staff, Sherrer was director of education and promotion for Union Baptist Association, Norman, Okla., from 1983-86; minister of education at Trinity Baptist Church, Norman, Okla., 1978-82; First Baptist Church, Clinton, Okla., 1977-78; and Kelham Baptist Church, Oklahoma City, 1975-77.
His most recent publication is the Adult Class Leader Administration Kit, published this year by LifeWay Press.
Steve Lemke, NOBTS provost, said, “As the baby boomer generation ages, adult education will be a crucial need in our churches. Joe Sherrer has not merely studied adult education, he has done it successfully in the local church. We are privileged to have someone with such rich experience in ministry to prepare the next generation of ministers.”
“I am excited about the opportunity New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary has given me to strengthen adult education work in Southern Baptist Convention churches,” Sherrer said. “I can’t think of a better way to spend the rest of my life than to spend it preparing others for Christian education ministries.”
Sherrer completed a bachelor of arts degree in mathematics at Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, in 1973; a master of arts in religious education degree at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas, in 1975; and is a doctoral candidate at Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, anticipating completing the doctor of education degree in adult education in December. He and his wife, Liz, have two grown sons, Andy and John.

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