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SBC DIGEST: Author, Bible scholar Ed Hindson dies; Chelsea Sobolik joins Lifeline

Liberty University mourns loss of Dean Emeritus Ed Hindson

By Liberty staff

LYNCHBURG, Va. (BP) – Regarded as a servant of God, a biblical scholar, a faithful leader and a guardian of Liberty University’s Christian mission, Dean Emeritus Ed Hindson, 77, died Saturday (July 2). He leaves behind a rich legacy at Liberty, having helped to build the foundation for the school in its early years and instill biblical truth in the hearts and minds of thousands of students, faculty and staff during his 48 years of service to the university.

At the time of his passing, Hindson was dean emeritus at the John W. Rawlings School of Divinity and a distinguished professor of religion. He authored 40 books and edited five major study Bibles, including the bestselling King James Study Bible (Thomas Nelson) and the Gold Medallion award-winning Knowing Jesus Bible (Zondervan). He was a speaker on “The King is Coming” telecast and a visiting lecturer at Oxford University and Harvard Divinity School, as well as numerous evangelical seminaries including Dallas, Denver, Trinity, Grace and Westminster.

Hindson began teaching at Liberty in 1974. In 1985, he videotaped Liberty’s first distance learning course: Old Testament Survey. Over the years, he has taught more than 100,000 students, residentially and online. He was named Teacher of the Year many times. He retired from his role as dean in 2019 but continued to teach divinity courses.

Hindson served the School of Divinity in various roles. From 2013-2019, he led the merger of the School of Religion and Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, the move to the Freedom Tower, the acquisition of the Keesee Fund Scholarship and accreditation of several graduate programs in the School of Divinity by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS).

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Chelsea Sobolik to join Lifeline Children’s Services

By Lifeline staff

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Lifeline Children’s Services, the largest evangelical adoption agency in the United States, has named Chelsea Patterson Sobolik on its new senior director of policy and advocacy. Sobolik has served as the director of public policy for the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission since 2018, where she advocated for issues of life and religious freedom. Sobolik is also the author of “Longing for Motherhood: Holding on to Hope in the Midst of Childlessness.” 

“I am honored to be joining the hard-working and professional staff of Lifeline Children’s Services, the leading evangelical child welfare organization in our country,” Sobolik said. “I hope that together we can continue to make an impact on the lives of vulnerable children, women and families for generations to come.”

Lifeline President and Executive Director Herbie Newell issued the following statement: “We are proud to welcome Mrs. Chelsea Sobolik to our staff and are confident that her extensive experience in policy and advocacy will help advance the efforts of our mission here at Lifeline.”

Lifeline Children’s Services, with offices in 16 states, serves vulnerable children and families through private domestic and international adoption, family restoration, and pregnancy counseling. 

While Lifeline is not affiliated with any denomination, it was created to support pregnancy counseling and adoption work in 1981 by Briarwood Presbyterian Church of Birmingham, Ala. Lifeline’s headquarters remain in Birmingham. In 2000, Lifeline expanded its ministry to international adoption, starting in China. Each year, additional countries have been added to its ministry, and now Lifeline is presently involved in 18 countries.

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