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NOBTS names Jerry Pounds as V.P. for development

NEW ORLEANS (BP)–Jerry Pounds, assistant to the president at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, has been named the new vice president for development for the seminary.

Pounds has served in a variety of positions at the seminary, including associate professor and chairman of the Christian education division, director of church-minister relations and alumni affairs, and director of continuing education and conference planning.

NOBTS President Chuck Kelley said of Pounds’ appointment, “Jerry Pounds brings great energy and creativity to the task of growing a family of friends to help us build the future of the School of Providence and Prayer. We are delighted to have him on board.”

Pounds replaces Jim Lee, who has taken a position as the vice president for financial development for the Florida Baptist Children’s Homes in Lakeland, Fla.

David Howard, meanwhile, has been promoted to the position of director of church-minister relations/alumni affairs, with responsibility for duties formerly handled by Pounds.

Howard joined NOBTS’ staff in August 1998 as assistant director for the Institute of Church Health before becoming the associate director of church-minister relations/alumni affairs.

Pounds, before joining NOBTS’ staff, served as associate pastor for administration at First Baptist Church, Spartanburg, S.C., from 1994-97; adjunct professor at William Carey College school of nursing in Hattiesburg, Miss., 1989-94; and assistant professor of religion at Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tenn., from 1986-88.

Originally from New Orleans, Pounds currently serves as interim pastor at University City Baptist Church in Kenner, La. During his 25 years of ministry experience, he also has served as a minister to youth in Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee.

Pounds earned his bachelor of arts degree at Samford University, Birmingham, Ala., in 1977; his master of religious education degree at New Orleans Seminary in 1979; and his doctor of education degree at George Peabody College, Vanderbilt University, in Nashville, Tenn., in 1989.

A noted denominational writer, Pounds has published numerous Southern Baptist articles and curriculum, particularly concerning issues regarding youth and family ministry. His books include “Discover the Winning Edge,” published in 1997, and “Hormones in Tennis Shoes,” published in 1994.

He is married to the former Bayne Bagdanovich, who now serves as the first seminary trustee-elected assistant professor of women’s ministry. They have two children, Rebecca and Jerry Jr.

Howard, who formerly worked in a family business in Benton, Ill., earned his master of divinity degree in Christian education from NOBTS in May 2000 and his bachelor of arts degree in religious studies, religious education and psychology from Southwest Baptist University, Bolivar, Mo., in 1984.

He currently is interim pastor at First Baptist Church, Arabi, La.

Howard and his wife, Jo, have two adult children, Danny and Dena.

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