New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary President Charles “Chuck” Kelley Jr. has announced that he’ll be retiring from his current position by the end of the academic year.
Kelley made the retirement announcement during the seminary’s Founders’ Day Chapel service on Tuesday, noting that he will continue to serve as leader of the school until July 31 of next year.
In an interview posted on the seminary’s website on Tuesday, Kelley said it was “the biggest decision of my life in a lot of ways.”
“I have been a part of almost half of the 100-year existence of NOBTS, it is very much the fabric of my whole life, and it has been a joyful, wondrous journey,” explained Kelley.
“As I look back at how intertwined my life has been with nearly half of the first century of the school, it seems appropriate to let the next leader start fresh with the second century of NOBTS.”
Kelley made his intentions to retire in advance of the service, sending a written statement to Trustee Chairman Frank Cox on Sept. 24, according to the Baptist Press.
“Dr. Kelley has been committed to training and equipping young ministerial students all of his life, first as a professor of evangelism and then serving as the longest-tenured president of our institution. We applaud him,” said Cox, according to BP.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski