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Former Annuity Board executive picked to head Truett Seminary

WACO, Texas (BP)–Former Annuity Board President Paul W. Powell has been appointed dean of Baylor University’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary, according to Baylor President Robert B. Sloan Jr.

Powell, who retired in 1998 as president and chief executive officer of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Annuity Board, was chairman of Baylor’s board of trustees when the university voted to break ties with the Baptist General Convention of Texas in the 1980s.

A Baptist pastor and leader, Baylor graduate and current Baylor regent, Powell will join the seminary officially on Feb. 26.

“I’m thrilled to have Paul Powell as dean of Truett Seminary,” said Sloan, who was the seminary’s founding dean. “He is a man of leadership and vision, a man of stature among Texas Baptists and an outstanding preacher. He has spent a lifetime doing the very things that Truett Seminary wants to prepare ministers to do — to preach the Word of God, to evangelize and to lead Baptists forward into the 21st century.”

Powell, former president of the Robert M. Rogers Foundation of Dallas, will continue to serve on the foundation’s board of directors.

In addition, Powell has served as pastor at Texas Baptist churches in Tyler, where he led Green Acres Baptist Church for 17 years, and at Belfalls, Troy, Taylor and San Marcos. He continues to preach regularly at churches throughout Texas.

Powell earned his bachelor of arts degree from Baylor in 1956, as well as a degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

While maintaining their residence in Tyler, Powell and his wife, Cathy, a 1956 Baylor graduate, will be living in a university apartment near the Baylor campus.

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