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Breshears joins Southwestern as development exec, general counsel

FORT WORTH, Texas (BP)–Joseph W. Breshears, a Fort Worth attorney, joined the development staff of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary April 2.

Breshears assumed the new position of executive director of development and general counsel for the seminary. He left a similar position with the Baptist Foundation of Texas, an agency of the Baptist General Convention of Texas.

He previously operated his own law firm from 1983-99 in estate planning and probate law, corporate and business law and civil litigation.

Southwestern President Kenneth S. Hemphill said Breshears’ unique background of law and fund-raising will be a tremendous help to the school.

“Joe’s experience and expertise make him an invaluable asset to Southwestern’s development staff,” Hemphill said. “His genuine Christian commitment will be obvious to all who are privileged to work with him.”

Breshears is married to the former Corinne Andrews, a fourth-generation Fort Worth resident. He is the son of R. Joe and Marilyn Breshears of Hurst, Texas. His father pastored churches in Mississippi, West Virginia and Missouri.

Breshears earned a juris doctorate from Baylor University Law School after completing his undergraduate studies at Baylor. He was licensed by the Texas Supreme Court in 1983 and is a certified mediator by Dispute Resolution Services of Tarrant County, Texas.

Breshears is a member of the National Council of Planned Giving. He also is a member of the corporate counsel section and estate planning section of the State Bar of Texas. He is a volunteer youth baseball coach and a volunteer mediator with Dispute Resolution Services of Tarrant County.

“We are excited to have Joe join our institutional advancement team,” said Jack Terry, Southwestern’s vice-president for institutional advancement. “He will help our staff better understand and evaluate trusts, annuities, wills and real estate. He brings to our campus an on-site general counsel ability for the first time at the seminary. That will be beneficial to help our staff understand legal documents which come to the campus.”

The Breshears have two sons, Nathan, 10, and Justin, 8. They are members of Southcliff Baptist Church in Fort Worth.

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