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Golden Gate to fill 7 openings on faculty

SAN FRANCISCO (BP)–To meet the needs of growing student enrollment and academic programs, especially at the school’s regional campuses, officials at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary have declared seven faculty positions open.

“The men and women who comprise the teaching family throughout our campus system have the ability to shape our students for effective leadership and service throughout the globe,” said academic dean Rick Durst. “They hold with sacred trust the education of those God calls to lead out in fulfillment of the Great Commission.”

Faculty members at Golden Gate are elected with a renewable contract system. Each of the new faculty positions is for an initial three-year term that is renewable.

At the seminary’s residential campus in Mill Valley, Calif., near San Francisco are four openings: music and worship leadership, Old Testament studies, Christian education/youth discipleship and missions (the Baker James Cauthen Chair of World Missions). Seven graduate degree programs, two post-graduate degree programs and two diploma programs currently are offered at the residential campus.

At the seminary’s Arizona Regional Campus in Phoenix are two faculty openings: the first, in the area of Old Testament studies; the second, in the area of church history or New Testament studies. The seminary offers the full master of divinity and master of arts in theological studies degrees at the regional campus. More than 130 students have taken courses at the campus since it was established in 1995 in partnership with the Arizona Southern Baptist Convention.

At the seminary’s Rocky Mountain Campus in suburban Denver is a faculty opening in Old Testament studies or church history/theology. Currently, the campus offers two-thirds of the master of divinity and master of arts in theological studies degree. Seminary officials are working with the school’s primary accrediting body for full-degree program status in the near future. More than 120 students have taken courses at the campus since it was established in 1996.

Durst noted faculty candidates are expected to have “demonstrated competence or promise” in classroom instruction, scholarly and/or professional research, a commitment to collegiality and an ability to participate in distance learning through the Internet and extension campuses. In addition, he said, they also must have demonstrated a commitment to the Baptist tradition and must affirm the current confessional, mission and leadership vision statements of the seminary.

Established in 1944 in the San Francisco Bay Area, Golden Gate Seminary offers degree programs at five locations in the western United States. With more than 1,300 students enrolled this academic year, the seminary is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and the National Association of Schools of Music.

Qualified candidates can go online at www.ggbts.edu to obtain specific requirements and duties for each position. Candidates may also call the seminary’s human resources department at (415) 380-1374.

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