Scott Pace and Ronjour Locke Take Posts at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary has named Scott Pace as dean of The College at Southeastern and Ronjour Locke as director of the Center for Preaching and Pastoral Leadership.

Pace succeeds Jamie Dew, who was elected as president of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary June 5; Locke will succeed Pace as the center’s director.

Pace is “the perfect choice to continue the exciting growth of our college,” SEBTS President Danny Akin said. “He is an outstanding preacher and teacher, and he has already demonstrated his superb administrative skills in leading our Center for Preaching and Pastoral Leadership.”

Of Locke, Chuck Lawless, SEBTS vice president for spiritual formation and ministry centers, said he first met Locke when he was a pastor “and I quickly learned of his passion for the local church.” Lawless, who also serves as dean of graduate studies and professor of evangelism and missions, said Locke seeks “to walk beside pastors in their work, and he’s committed to helping SEBTS equip the next generation of shepherds.”

Scott Pace

Pace, as director of the Center for Preaching and Pastoral Leadership, helped oversee the Hunt Scholars Program that allows students to receive both their bachelor’s and M.Div. in pastoral ministry in five years. Pace will continue to oversee the program as dean of the college.

Pace was installed in the Johnny Hunt Chair of Biblical Preaching in August 2018 and elected by trustees to the faculty as associate professor of pastoral ministry and preaching in April 2019.

Pace is a two-time graduate of Southeastern, having received an M.Div. in 2002 and a Ph.D. in applied theology in 2007; he also holds an undergraduate accounting degree from North Carolina State University.

“I am humbled by the tremendous privilege and opportunity to serve as the next dean of The College at Southeastern,” said Pace, who has served in pastoral ministry since 2000 and academic administration since 2009. “The Southeastern community has been part of our extended family for almost 20 years, and I could not be more excited to embrace this new role.”

Before coming to SEBTS, Pace taught for nine years at Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, where he served as associate professor of applied ministry and the Hughes chair of Christian ministry as well as administrative chair for the Christian and cross-cultural ministry department.

Ronjour Locke

Locke has served as the preaching center’s associate director and an instructor of preaching and urban ministry since coming to Southeastern in January 2018. He was pastor of First Baptist Church in Brooklyn (FBC), a neighborhood within Baltimore, Md., from 2012-2018, leading the church to adopt an elder-led polity, form a stronger foundation for church membership and serve the Brooklyn community by partnering with organizations to fight sex trafficking.

Locke was a Christian Life and Public Affairs Committee member for the Mid-Atlantic Baptist Network and a leadership team member for the Baltimore Baptist Association.

He currently is pursuing a Ph.D. at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Mo., previously receiving an M.Div. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, and an undergraduate degree in pastoral ministry from Lancaster Bible College in Lanham, Md.

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Source: Baptist Press