President Dr. Gene Wilkes Reflects on Convocation 2019

B. H. Carroll’s annual Convocation is a picture of who we are throughout the year, and it reflects our mission to equip missional leaders.

  • We held our Convocation in one of our Teaching Churches, the foundation of the Carroll teaching network. This year First Baptist Church, Waxahachie, Texas, and their pastor, Dr. David Ritsema graciously hosted us and exemplified the servant hearts of those who are the church. We want to return theological education back to the local church and having our Convocation in one demonstrates that goal.
  • Our graduates who received certificates in ministry to doctoral degrees exemplified the breadth of our programs from by which they are equipped for ministry. Valued or not, a designed program of praxis-oriented theological training is still the best preparation for ministry.
  • Our graduates reflected the diversity of our students in gender, ethnicity and locale. We equip men and women called to serve Christ in the diverse and global ministries of his church.
  • Convocation demonstrates the service-oriented persons who are our faculty and staff. Carroll’s core faculty and staff work to serve those in their care in the name of Jesus in order to complete his mission for their lives. You will find none better.
  • Our Convocation is a time of worship. The Singing Men of North Texas, joined by members of the First Baptist choir, along with Scripture reading and a message to the graduates from Scripture by Dr. Albert Reyes reminded us of the “why” and “who” of our work. We were not ultimately gathered to celebrate achievement but to honor the One who made all of this possible.

Every graduate is a story of God’s call, leadership, and provision in his or her life. My prayer is that we will continue to help write those stories through our mission to equip missional leaders where they live and serve.

Serving Him With You,

Published: Jun 1, 2019


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