September 11, 2013 Chapel – The Elliot Controversy and the 1963 BF&M: A 50-Year Retrospective

Dr. Jason K. Allen
Dr. Jason K. Allen is president of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Allen attended Spring Hill College in Mobile, and received his Bachelor of Science in Political Science. It was there that he began attending Bible studies, mission trips, serving the local church, leading prison and addiction ministries, and preaching at every opportunity. After leaving Spring Hill College, he then attended Southern Seminary, where he received both his Master of Divinity and Ph.D. degrees. During his master’s work, he received the Clyde T. Francisco Preaching Award.

While at Southern Seminary, Dr. Allen served as a member of Southern Seminary’s Executive Cabinet and executive assistant to the president beginning in January 2006. He joined the faculty in 2007, teaching courses in personal spiritual disciplines, pastoral ministry, leadership, and preaching. He became the vice president of Institutional Advancement in 2009, where he led an increase in the seminary’s endowment to record numbers. Dr. Allen served as the executive director of the Southern Seminary Foundation as well.

Dr. Allen was elected by the Midwestern Board of Trustees as the seminary’s fifth president on Oct. 15, 2012, becoming the youngest seminary president in the Southern Baptist Convention, and one of the youngest presidents in American higher education. He came with a renewed vision for the school, focusing its mission and vision on a seminary’s sacred calling to serve the local church. In addition to his seminary duties, Dr. Allen has served as pastor and interim pastor of Southern Baptist churches in Alabama and Kentucky over the past 15 years. Currently, in addition to his responsibilities as president of Midwestern Seminary, he serves the church more broadly through writing and preaching ministries including his own website,, where he writes on various topics including higher education, theology, preaching, and cultural & local church issues.

Dr. Allen married Karen Brunson on June 26, 1999. Together they have five children: Anne-Marie (10), Caroline (9), William (7), Alden (5) and Elizabeth (4)

Dr. Greg Wills
Dr. Greg Wills is Dean of the School of Theology at Southern Seminary and Professor of Church History. Dr. Wills was appointed to the faculty of Southern Seminary in 1997 after serving since 1994 as Archives and Special Collections Librarian with the seminary’s Boyce Centennial Library. Dr. Wills’ dissertation, Democratic Religion: Freedom, Authority, and Church Discipline in the Baptist South, 1785-1900, was published by Oxford University Press. Besides contributions to theological journals, Dr. Wills has also written Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1859-2009.

Dr. John Mark Yeats
Dr. John Mark Yeats is Senior Pastor at Normandale Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas. Yeats has served in a number of ministry capacities from youth pastor to senior pastor. Before coming to Normandale, he was a professor of Church History at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Dr. Yeats earned his Ph.D. in Church History from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He also has degrees from Southern Seminary, Oxford University and Criswell College. He has authored three books, Franchising McChurch: Feeding our Obsession with Easy Christianity, The Time is Come: The Rise of British Missions to the Jews, 1808-1818, and Worldviews: Think for Yourself about how We See God. He has contributed articles to multiple journals and the Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization.

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