Dr. Greg Earwood, President of BSK
News Bureau Director
The Baptist Seminary of Kentucky – after eight years of existence in Lexington, KY – is preparing to share its excitement about the recent move to the Georgetown College campus during its first public chapel service on Tuesday, Sept. 21.
Dr. Greg Earwood, President of BSK, will deliver the sermon at 11 am in John L. Hill Chapel. Then, at noon he will give a brief litany 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 main entrance of the Ensor Learning Resource Center and the Music Building. An open house in the BSK office suites will follow.
Earwood is excited about sharing this space and calls this relationship a “win-win for a Baptist seminary and a Baptist college.”
“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.”
“We are grateful to God and Georgetown College for this opportunity to move toward our future. We believe this is an outstanding step toward growth and increased stability for Baptist Seminary of Kentucky within the providence of God.”
H.K. Kingkade ‘83, Director of the College’s Office of Religious Life, welcomes the BSK to campus with: “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.”
Kingkade, who served the Kentucky Baptist Convention as Campus Minister at the University of Kentucky before returning to his alma mater in 2006, continued: “With the seminary on the college’s campus, we can together coordinate educational opportunities to provide practical and contextual experiences for undergraduate and graduate students. May this relationship further the Kingdom of God and be a witness to what working together can do for the Christian community.”
Ken Holden, Executive Director of the Marshall Center for Christian Ministry on campus, and Greg Earwood actually served as pastors in Georgetown for several years – the former at Georgetown Baptist, the latter at Faith Baptist. According to Holden, they and with many other concerned and interested pastors and laity served on a committee in the late 1990s that explored the possibility of a new Baptist seminary to be established in Central Kentucky – and possibly one being “connected” in some ways to Georgetown College.
“Even though that official GC/BSK connection would not come until 2010, a Seminary was birthed in 2001 and the seeds of a meaningful relationship were planted,” Holden said. “I am delighted that Baptist Seminary of Kentucky is on the campus of Georgetown College.”
There are 45 seminary students enrolled this fall semester in the BSK and nine of them are Georgetown College graduates. The four first-year students are: Alix Davidson ‘10, Andrew Noe ’08, Jeremy Shannon ‘10, and Adam Standiford ’10.