H.K. Kingkade, right, Director of the College’s Office of Religious Life, posed with Dr. Greg Earwood and family around the willow oak tree that commemorates the BSK’s move to campus. From left, Scott Earwood ‘00, Greg and Nell Earwood, son-in-law Jon Redding, daughter Angela Earwood Redding ’09 and Todd Earwood.
Georgetown College President Bill Crouch and BSK President Greg Earwood in front of the seminary’s suite of offices on the first floor of the Ensor LRC.
Copy that! The Haddens were humbled when Dr. Earwood surprised them with the plaque that bears their names.
Terry ’75 and Jan Lester ’73 were honored with a plaque in the BSK administrative suites. Terry, a former BSK board member, is pastor of London’s First Baptist Church.
Elizabethtown pastor Roger Jasper, GC class of ’06 and current BSK student, with his Living Faith Baptist Fellowship members, from left: Karen Birdwhistell, Alice Mull, Creed Caldwell, (Jasper), Jerry Money, and Linda Caldwell.
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The Baptist Seminary of Kentucky commemorated its recent move to the Georgetown College campus Tuesday with BSK President Greg Earwood’s delivery of the sermon during the school year’s “First Chapel.”
Dr. Earwood told the Hill Chapel audience he was grateful that “President Crouch has put together various streams of the Baptist family” and welcomed the BSK. “It was so wonderful to see so many BSK ‘friends’ sitting there amongst the College community,” he said.
Earwood said the day was a “kairos moment” for him. “Kairos is a Greek word meaning ‘the right, favorable, acceptable time for God,” he said. BSK was located in Lexington – first at Calvary Baptist Church, then Lexington Theological Seminary – for it first eight years of existence. “It seems to us that everything has finally come together.”
After chapel a large number of well-wishers attended a brief ceremony by an oak tree that was recently planted to symbolize the relationship between the College and the BSK. The 8-foot willow oak is between the Music Building and the main entrance of the Ensor Learning Resource Center.
“The tree is a wonderful way to mark a new beginning,” Earwood said, then with an eye at the hot, clear sky, added with a laugh, “now we need to make sure we keep watering it!”
A reception followed in the LRC lobby and in the BSK office suites on the first and ground floors. Roger Jasper ’06, the recently-hired pastor of Living Faith Baptist Fellowship in Elizabethtown, and five of his church members served as hosts. “We support both the seminary and the College and we just felt this was something we could do to show that,” said Jasper, who is a second-year BSK student.
Earwood, who proudly noted that nine of BSK’s current 45 students are GC grads, said:
“Baptist Seminary of Kentucky has located on the campus of Georgetown College because of the College’s Baptist identity, excellent reputation for liberal arts education, and a sense of permanency given their significant historical roots dating to 1787. The Seminary will bring to Georgetown College a reinforcing and enhancing of their Baptist identity, several revenue streams, and help in recruiting high school students to campus.”
Already, Steve Hadden, a former pastor at Faith Baptist Church in Georgetown and later at Crestwood Baptist in Oldham County, is developing areas that are of mutual interest to the BSK and the College, according to H.K. Kingkade, Director of the College’s Office of Religious Life.
“Baptists I’ve talked to see the seminary’s move here as a good fit,” said Kingkade ’83.
Earlier, Kingkade said: “The seminary has strived to follow God’s leading in Christian higher education by reaching out to men and women in order to prepare them for ministry in today’s world. They have accumulated a gifted faculty and staff who have dedicated themselves to provide a quality theological education to their students.”
Earwood said he is thrilled with the BSK’s new home and he is especially grateful for the welcome he’s felt from the LRC staff. “(Head librarian) Mary Margaret Lowe has been wonderful to work with and the whole staff is very gracious,” he said.
The BSK’s next big event is their annual Christian Education Conference from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 23. The site is the College’s Hall of Fame Room on the main floor of the Cralle Student Center.
For more information about the conference or the BSK, call Debbie Moody at (502) 863-8301 or go to www.bsky.org.