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New administrator, 3 new profs elected at New Orleans Seminary

NEW ORLEANS (BP)–The trustee executive committee of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary approved a presidential appointment to a new administrative position and elected three new professors during their annual summer meeting June 3 on the seminary campus. All positions are effective Aug. 1.
Charles W. Gaines will be dean of students, appointed by seminary President Chuck Kelley. Gaines has been dean of the college of Christian studies at Grand Canyon University, Phoenix since 1995.
While at the university, Gaines created and began a chaplain certification program for law enforcement agents, as well as bachelor of arts degree programs in Christian education and biblical/theological studies. He has 20 years of ministerial experience, having served churches in Alabama, Missouri, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana and Arizona as education minister, music minister, youth minister and pastor. Most recently he was minister of education and administration at Royal Palms Baptist Church, Phoenix, from 1990-95.
Originally from Marietta, Ga., Gaines, 43, completed the bachelor of music education degree at Mercer University in Atlanta in 1976; the master of religious education degree at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Kansas City, Mo., in 1979; and the doctor of education degree at New Orleans Seminary in 1992. He and his wife, the former Ginger Sosebee of Marietta, Ga., have two teenage children, Landon and Corrie.
Jerry Wayne Pounds Sr., 42, was re-elected associate professor of Christian education and will be chairman of the seminary’s division of Christian education ministries.
Previously a faculty member from 1988-93 and director of the seminary’s office of continuing education, Pounds has been associate pastor for administration at First Baptist Church, Spartanburg, S.C., since January 1994. He was a youth minister at churches in Alabama, Colorado, Mississippi and Tennessee from 1974-86 and an editor for youth publications at the Baptist Sunday School Board from 1982-86. He was an assistant professor of religion at Carson-Newman College, Jefferson City, Tenn., from 1986-88, where he also was a counselor for Barnabas House Christian Counseling Center.
During his years in South Carolina he has been chairman of the local school board’s Comprehensive Health Education Committee and a member of the South Carolina Baptist Convention’s mega church task force. During his previous time in New Orleans, he was active as a volunteer chaplain for the New Orleans Police Department for four years.
Originally from New Orleans, Pounds is a prolific author of books, manuals, articles and devotions for Southern Baptists, mainly on topics related to teenagers, parenting youth and stepparenting. A member of the American Association of Suicidology, he has become a denominational and community specialist in adolescent suicide prevention through his conferences, workshops and writings, including “The Hidden Epidemic: An Awareness and Educational Workbook Designed for Adolescent Suicide Prevention” published in 1987 and the “24-Hour Counselor” audio tape series produced by Broadman Press in 1993.
He and his wife, the former Bayne Bagdanovich of Jacksonville, Fla., wrote “How to Use This Bible” for The Family Worship Bible, published in 1991 by Holman Bible Publishers. Both earned bachelor’s degree from Samford University, Birmingham, Ala., in 1977 and when they each completed the master of religious education degree program at New Orleans Seminary in 1979, they dually received the seminary’s outstanding religious education student award. Each completed doctor of education degrees; Pounds graduated from Vanderbilt University’s George Peabody College, Nashville, Tenn., with a specialization in human development counseling in 1989 and his wife graduated from New Orleans Seminary in 1993. The Pounds have two teenage children, Rebecca and Jerry Jr.
Adrian Lamkin Jr., 49, was elected associate professor of Baptist history. He has been director of the William E. Partee Center for Baptist Historical Studies and assistant professor of religion at William Jewell College, Liberty, Mo., since 1981. In 1993 he received the Southern Baptist Historical Commission’s Davis C. Woolley Award for outstanding achievement in state Baptist history. From 1990-91 he was president of the Southern Baptist Historical Society and previously served as vice president and a member of the board of directors. He was pastor of the First Baptist Church in Hartsville, Ind., 1977-80. His published works include numerous articles for Baptist History and Heritage, the Missouri Baptist Heritage Series and The Deacon magazine.
Originally from Springfield, Ky., Lamkin graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown (Ky.) College with the bachelor of arts degree in 1970. He earned two degrees from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Ky., the master of divinity in 1973 and the doctor of philosophy in 1980. His dissertation was on the gospel mission movement within the Southern Baptist Convention. Lamkin is married to the former Dana Barker of Roodhouse, Ill., a teacher of the hearing impaired, who graduated summa cum laude from Illinois State University and studied at Gallaudet University in Washington. They have two young daughters, Sarah and Elizabeth.
Trustees and seminary administrators withheld the name of the third professor pending notification of his employer. An announcement will be made at the beginning of July.

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