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NOBTS Institute of Church Health to offer ‘intentional interim’

NEW ORLEANS (BP)–Randy Millwood has been named director of the new Institute for Church Health being launched at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

The announcement was made by Chuck Kelley, NOBTS president, during a plenary session of the annual spring trustee meeting, March 12.

Millwood, NOBTS assistant professor of church planting and Sunday school growth since 1995, will be responsible for developing an “intentional interim” pastorate program, among other ministries.

“An intentional interim will be trained to work with churches that have had forced terminations of the minister or other serious problems,” Kelley said. “The idea is to resolve conflicts before the next pastor comes in.”

Kelley’s stated primary goal for the seminary since his February 1996 election as president has been to help establish healthy churches. The goal of the Institute for Church Health will be to determine what contributes to the health of a church and what role the seminary has in equipping leaders to grow healthy churches.

Before joining the seminary faculty, Millwood worked from 1993-95 for the Baptist Sunday School Board in Nashville, Tenn., as a consultant in the Bible teaching-reaching division. The author of numerous articles, he has significant experience as an education minister at various churches in Louisiana, Mississippi, Kentucky, Kansas, Georgia, West Virginia and Michigan. His ministry in Michigan included experience as a church planter.

Millwood, 39, completed both master of religious education and doctor of education degrees at New Orleans Seminary. He graduated summa cum laude from Cumberland College in Williamsburg, W.Va., with a double major in religion and psychology, with an emphasis in youth education. Originally from Atlanta, Millwood and his wife, Adele, have two school-age sons, Josh and Caleb.

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