On November 1, 2014, I sent an essay entitled, “The Joy of Ministry and the Wisdom of Change” to the Deacon Fellowship of Colonial Baptist Church. This four-page document was the culmination of many months of thought, conversation, and prayer. It outlined what I sensed was the leading of the Lord in my life to resign as Senior Pastor of Colonial Baptist Church and to concentrate my full effort on the ministry of Virginia Beach Theological Seminary.
Recently the faculty announced an extensive redesign of the Master of Divinity program. The revised program is retains the robust framework of the classic Master of Divinity, emphasizing the biblical languages, Church History, Systematic Theology, and Practical Ministry. At the same time, the new program introduces initiatives to shorten the graduation timeframe, sharpen educational effectiveness, and adapt to student aptitudes and objectives. To meet these three objectives, the new MDiv program is built around the following features:
It is my joy as the President of Central Baptist Theological Seminary of Virginia Beach to share the following announcement with you. Upon the unanimous recommendation of the seminary faculty, and by the unanimous consent of the Board of Trustees, the seminary changed its name on May 6, 2013, to Virginia Beach Theological Seminary.