Friday, November 02, 2007

TBS Names New Interim Principal

Kirk Wellum Takes on the Role

Michael Haykin has done a wonderful job building the work of Toronto Baptist Seminary over the last several years, and I am delighted to see that things will continue in that direction under his replacement. (Michael is joining the full time faculty of Southern Baptist Seminary, while continuing to teach here in Ontario on a less frequent basis.)

Readers of my blog will be familiar with Kirk Wellum. Kirk pastored for many years in Sarnia, ON (church plant), then Ancaster, until accepting a full time teaching role at TBS. He is a much respected and sought after professor, preacher, counselor and leader. Not only that, he shares a Starbucks with me on Wednesday mornings!

He brings a wealth of theological insight, practical experience and love for students that has all of us at TBS quite thrilled to see him take on the Principal’s role for the next year. It brings both continuity and growth to the school.

Please pray for my brother and for the work of the seminary. We need TBS in Canada, and I am often pleasantly surprised (some might even say, "shocked") at the quality of education one can get right here in Toronto. May the Lord prosper the work to His glory!

5:07PM - This just posted at TBS website:

"Interim Principal Appointed
November 1, 2007

The Board of Trustees of Toronto Baptist Seminary is pleased to announce the appointment of Rev. Kirk Wellum as interim principal, effective Jan. 1, 2008. Rev. Wellum joined the faculty last year as Professor of Systematic Theology and brings with him a wealth of pastoral experience gained over 20 years of ministry. He will be replacing Dr. Michael Haykin, who is stepping down from the principalship in order to take up the position of Professor of Baptist History and Biblical Spirituality at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
We are grateful to the Lord for the invaluable service that Dr. Haykin has rendered to the Seminary and rejoice that he will continue to serve as Professor of Church History and Reformed Spirituality at TBS. We ask you to join us in praying that the Lord would give wisdom and grace to Rev. Wellum as he settles into his new responsibilities and for the Lord’s blessing on Dr. Haykin in his continued service to the Lord."