Chuck Lawless and George Robinson were installed Sept. 10 in Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary’s two original faculty endowed chairs — Lawless in the Richard and Gina Headrick Chair of World Missions and Robinson in the Bailey Smith Chair of Evangelism.
SEBTS President Danny Akin, in the chapel service, recounted being greatly influenced by a two-week trip he took with the Headricks to visit Southeastern’s 2+2 students across six South Asian countries.
“The Lord used that trip in an incredibly strategic way to even more instill in my heart a desire to see the Great Commission be the umbrella under which we do everything at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary,” Akin said.
The Headricks are faithful donors to the seminary, serving as lifetime Southeastern Society members. An international speaker and author, Richard Headrick currently is the CEO of The Headrick Companies, Inc. in Laurel, Miss. He has served on multiple boards for such organizations as Bailey Smith Ministries, Kendrick Ministries, Alpha International Ministries and Grace International Outreach. The Headricks founded Hope Foundations, the Good Samaritan Foundation, Hellfighters International and Mission at the Cross Ministries. In 2012, the couple helped produce a full-length film titled “Last Ounce of Courage.”
Lawless serves as Southeastern’s dean of doctoral studies, vice president for spiritual formation and ministry centers and professor of evangelism and missions. He previously served as team leader for theological education strategists for the International Mission Board and as vice president for the IMB’s Global Theological Advance. Lawless also previously served as dean of the Billy Graham School of Missions and Evangelism at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary where he also was vice president for academic programming and director of professional doctoral studies. Prior to joining the SEBTS faculty in 1996, Lawless had served as pastor of two Ohio churches.
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Source: Baptist Press