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SBC DIGEST: Kay Dorsett dies following cancer battle, Karen Bullock announces retirement from B.H. Carroll Seminary

Kay Dorsett dies following battle with cancer

Marlborough, Mass. (BP) – Kay Dorsett, the wife of Baptist Convention of New England Executive Director-Treasure Terry Dorsett, died July 31 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Dorsett, 58, was an educator and librarian in New England.

“A naturally gifted teacher, she served autistic children, which she loved very much. She also applied those skills at church to help families with children on the autism spectrum feel loved and accepted,” according to a release from the BCNE.

The state convention said she started a ministry at FBC Marlborough called “Grandparent’s Row” that “allowed many children to sit with her, especially those on the spectrum, a gift that gave their parents a brief respite during worship.”

She and Terry were married on August 13, 1988. They have served in ministry in Virginia and South Carolina in addition to New England.

She was the mother of three children and grandmother of four.

According to the release, her ministry to her family was strong while she fought cancer.

“When she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in July 2021, Kay took time during many medical appointments to talk about the importance of prayer and how it was making a difference in her life,” the release said.  

“Shortly before her death, Kay gathered her grandchildren and explained that she would not recover from her sickness. She shared with them her testimony of coming to faith in Christ and encouraged each of them to make the same life-changing decisions. Kay was a faithful witness for Christ to the very end.”

Her funeral is scheduled for August 5, at First Baptist Church in Marlborough.

Karen Bullock announces retirement from B.H. Carroll
By B.H. Carroll Theological Seminary

IRVING, Texas (BP) — Dr. Karen Bullock, Distinguished Professor of Christian History and Director of the Doctor of Philosophy degree program at B. H. Carroll Theological Seminary, has announced her plans to retire, effective Oct. 1.

Bullock, who will celebrate a “milestone birthday” in September, informed colleagues and students of her decision in an email July 31. “I want to say quickly that there is nothing wrong, nor am I ill, but I am officially retiring,” the email said. She also said her husband, John, is retiring in August.

“We think now is the best time for us to slip away and begin a new chapter,” Bullock wrote in the email.

Bullock joined B. H. Carroll in August 2007 and formalized its Ph.D. program, shepherding it through its development and accreditation by both the Association of Theological Schools and the Association of Biblical Higher Education. But her work at Carroll was not her first foray into Ph.D. studies. She was Associate Dean of the PhD program at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary from 2001-2004, and built the Ph.D. in Christian Leadership program at Dallas Baptist University from the ground up from 2004-2007. That program was accredited in a single academic year.

“To say Karen Bullock has immense experience in crafting stellar academic programs is an understatement,” B. H. Carroll President Dr. Gene Wilkes said. “Dr. Bullock is an artful historian and an articulate spokesperson for the values of Christian higher education. She believes seminary education is more than just about obtaining knowledge; for her it is about a holistic spiritual formation of the disciples of Christ, who will then be able to lead the church with dignity and grace, even in the midst of very difficult circumstances. I might add, we have seen her model that same dignity and grace on a daily basis, and there really is no one in our current orbit from whom we’ve learned more about being a solid academic institution.”

Bullock’s reach is international. In addition to teaching at the Canadian Southern Baptist Seminary, she has served as a guest professor at the Nigerian Baptist Theological Seminary in Ogbomoso and Uganda Baptist Seminary. She has also served on various committees of the Baptist World Alliance, and is now Chair of the Commission Council. From 2015-2020, she served as Vice Chair of the Heritage and Identity Commission, and from 2010-2015 she was Chair of the Religious Freedom Commission and Secretary of the Freedom and Justice Advisory Committee. She has led numerous students on international study tours to Oxford University and to sites significant to the Protestant Reformation.

Wilkes said Bullock’s literary and guild contributions should also be recognized. She has produced seven books about local churches, nine book chapters on Baptist leaders, dozens of commissioned pieces, peer-reviewed encyclopedia and journal articles, Bible studies, historical studies, more than two dozen papers for academic conferences, and even a few magazine articles.

“The number of writings she has produced is tremendous. In each one of those, she has applied her discerning eye to the problems in Baptist History and in the church to provide historical insight which has benefitted us all,” Wilkes said. “I should also point out that she has also spoken to more than 100 Baptist churches, conferences, and denominational gatherings.”

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