Last Thursday evening, I had the distinct honor to bring greetings from Louisiana Baptists at the formal inauguration of President Jamie Dew, the new president of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. I wanted to share with you the content of my greetings in hopes that you might join with me in praying for Dr. Dew’s presidency.
Greetings from Louisiana Baptist Convention on the Occasion of Dr. Dew’s Inauguration
Dr. Dew, Administration, Trustees, Faculty, Students, Distinguished Guests, I am incredibly honored to bring greetings on behalf of Louisiana Baptists and, on their behalf, congratulate you, Dr. Dew, on your inauguration as the Ninth President of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Louisiana Baptists feel both an honor and responsibility in being the home of one our six Southern Baptist Seminaries.
Dr. Dew, Louisiana Baptists have watched you embrace the uniqueness and opportunity of our state. As you have embraced us, in turn, we want you to know that we embrace and welcome your leadership. We commit our earnest prayers and recommit to being great, Great Commission partners.
We recognize that you will lead the Seminary that will educate many of the young ministers being called from our churches. We further recognize that you will lead the Seminary that trains the vast majority of pastors and ministers who will then lead our Louisiana Baptist churches. We hold to a mutual understanding that the strength of this institution translates well into the strength and health of our churches. Indeed, we are in this together.
Lastly, Dr. Dew, we have heard your call to service and humility. We welcome the challenge to pick up the towel and the basin. We welcome the charge that pride has no place in discipleship.
We look forward to the implementation of your vision as you lead this beloved school of Providence and Prayer.
May the hand of our Lord be upon you, Tara, Natalie, Nathan, Samantha, and Samuel. May God give you wisdom in your office, discipline in your prayer closet, insight in your study, peace and laughter in your home, and joy in your journey.