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Scholar Richard Melick elected provost at Golden Gate Seminary

MILL VALLEY, Calif. (BP)–Southern Baptist professor
and scholar Richard R. Melick Jr. has been elected provost
at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, Mill Valley,
Calif., seminary President William O. Crews has announced.
Serving in the newly created post beginning Feb. 1,
Melick will oversee day-to-day management of the seminary’s
academic, business and auxiliary operations. Melick was
elected by the executive committee of the seminary’s board
of trustees Jan. 5.
“Dr. Richard Melick is a proven leader, whose academic
and administrative abilities will strengthen our internal
operations and help our work with churches and the
denomination move ahead on an even greater scale,” Crews
said. “His devotion to our Lord and to helping church
leaders grow both in their spiritual character and ministry
competencies will serve Golden Gate in marvelous ways.”
Crews said the addition in the seminary’s executive
structure reflects the school’s commitment to growing as a
vital force in Southern Baptist mission and ministry
endeavors. “We look forward to experiencing significant
growth and ministry in the 21st century as the vision God
has for Golden Gate Seminary of shaping effective Christian
leaders for the churches of tomorrow remains a matter of
prayerful focus for us all,” Crews said.
Golden Gate is one of six Southern Baptist Convention
seminaries and the only SBC agency in the western United
States. In addition to the residential campus in Mill
Valley, Golden Gate operates regional campuses in Brea,
Calif., Vancouver, Wash., Phoenix, Ariz., and Englewood.
Before coming to Golden Gate in 1996 as guest professor
and then being elected to the faculty last year as professor
of New Testament studies, Melick was president of the
Criswell Center for Biblical Studies in Dallas for four
“Having been a part of the Golden Gate Seminary family,
I am increasingly impressed with the unique opportunity
afforded the seminary,” Melick said. “Dr. Crews has charted
a course to provide well-prepared and capable leaders for
the churches of the 21st century. I am honored to be
associated with the people here and asked to contribute
toward that end. I anticipate with excitement what our Lord
will accomplish in the days ahead.”
Melick holds a doctor of philosophy degree from
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth,
Texas, a master of divinity from Trinity Evangelical
Divinity School, Deerfield, Ill., and a bachelor of arts
from Columbia (S.C.) International University.
He has served at six other educational institutions
during his teaching ministry: Evangelische Theologische
Faculteit in Belgium as professor extraordinair,
1985-present; Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary,
Memphis, Tenn., professor of New Testament and chairman of
the New Testament department and doctor of theology program,
1983-92; Palm Beach (Fla.) Atlantic College, Palm Beach,
professor and chairman of the religion and philosophy
department and academic vice president, acting dean of
students and then acting president, 1980-83; Miami Christian
College, chairman of the Bible and theology department,
1977-79; Columbia International University, professor of
Greek and New Testament, 1972-77; and Southern Baptist
Theological Seminary, Louisville, Ky., visiting professor,
A former pastor of two churches and numerous interim
pastorates, Melick is a recognized author.
He serves as consulting editor for the New American
Commentary series published by Broadman & Holman of the
Baptist Sunday School Board. He is author of the series’
volume on Philippians, Colossians and Philemon and served as
co-editor and contributor to “Authority and Interpretation:
A Baptist Perspective,” published by Baker Book House.
He also is author of chapters included in “Foundations
for Biblical Interpretation: A Complete Library of Tools and
Resources,” “Handbook of Contemporary Preaching,” “Southern
Baptists and American Evangelicals: The Conversation
Continues,” “Holman Bible Handbook,” “The Proceedings of the
Conference On Biblical Inerrancy, 1987,” all published by
Broadman & Holman, and “Toward a Harmony of Faith and
Learning” by William Tyndale College Press.
Melick and his wife, Shera, have three children, a
grandson and a granddaughter.

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