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SBC DIGEST: McCoy joins BGCT; SWBTS adds six faculty

McCoy joins Texas Baptists as Women’s Ministry Team leader

By Bonnie Shaw

DALLAS (BP) – Katie McCoy has joined the Baptist General Convention of Texas’ Center for Church Health as the new director of the Women’s Ministry Team.

(Left to right) Bennye Bryant, Katie McCoy and Irene Gallegos

In her new role, McCoy will connect with and encourage women’s ministries across Texas. She will also provide training and workshops designed to help churches start, revive or bolster their women’s ministries.

“Katie has incredible gifts and talents that she brings to this role,” said Phil Miller, director of the Center for Church Health. “So many of our churches are as alive and vibrant as they are today because of the women in their church. We’re excited to come alongside them and support the people and churches that minister to these women.”

Most recently, McCoy has served as assistant professor of appplied theology and women’s studies at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, where she taught courses on subjects including women and discipleship and Christian doctrine. She also served as the minister to women at Travis Avenue Baptist Church in Fort Worth.

“I’m delighted for this opportunity to connect the talents and gifts of our Texas Baptists women with the resources of our denomination,” McCoy said.

McCoy received a bachelor’s degree from Union University in Jackson, Tenn., and a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Philosophy in systematic theology from Southwestern.

McCoy will be joined by Bennye Bryant and Irene Gallegos on the Women’s Ministry team. They will serve as the African American Women’s Ministry specialist and Hispanic Women’s Ministry specialist, respectively. Bryant and Gallegos will serve alongside McCoy in reaching out to churches and providing resources for women’s ministries around Texas.

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Six scholars appointed to Southwestern Seminary faculty

By SWBTS Staff

FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) – Six scholars representing an “impressive array of academic credentials coupled with teaching and ministry experience” have been appointed to the faculty of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, President Adam W. Greenway announced Tuesday (July 20).

“I am pleased to announce the appointment of six scholars to our already stellar faculty,” Greenway said. “Each person brings to Seminary Hill an impressive array of academic credentials coupled with teaching and ministry experience that will greatly benefit our students and entire seminary community. I want to particularly commend our deans as well as our interim provost for their efforts in recruiting these scholars to our faculty. I look forward to their serving with us as we enter the new academic year together.”

Ashley Allen, Jon Okinaga, Jacob Shatzer and Travis H. Trawick will assume teaching responsibilities with the Fall 2021 semester, while J. Daniel Hays and J. Scott Duvall will begin their assignments with the Spring 2022 semester.

“We are genuinely excited about each of these new faculty members who will be joining the Southwestern community in the forthcoming academic year,” said David S. Dockery, interim provost and distinguished professor of theology.

“Drs. Allen, Okinaga and Trawick bring a love for students to the classroom,” Dockery said, “while Dr. Shatzer, as demonstrated by his publications, brings a commitment to helping all of us better connect our foundational commitments in Christian theology and Christian ethics with the many challenging issues in our contemporary culture. Drs. Hays and Duvall are highly respected Southwestern alums who are well known for their years of teaching, research, writing, and scholarship in the field of biblical studies and biblical theology. Their experience and expertise will strengthen the academic mission of the Southwestern community.”

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