Academy of Preachers founder Dwight A. Moody has been named interim president at Baptist Seminary of Kentucky, one of 15 theological education partners of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.
Moody, who served as dean of the chapel at Georgetown College in Kentucky 11 years before launching a Lilly Endowment-supported program to identify, network and support young aspiring preachers of all Christian denominations, took over Aug. 1 after Greg Earwood, the seminary’s first president, retired July 31.
Moody, who has an M.Div. and a Ph.D., from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., has a been a supporter of the Kentucky seminary since before its official launch in 2001 and has taught there as an adjunct theology professor since 2004.
“I believe very strongly in the past, present and future of this seminary,” Moody said in an introductory video on the BSK website.
“This entire region — Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, down in Tennessee — we need very much what BSK offers our students, what BSK offers the churches and what BSK offers the general population.”
Earwood, a former pastor, was part of a group that began meeting in 1995 to plan for theological education in a moderate Baptist tradition in Kentucky. He was named president a year before the first classes opened in 2002. Highlights of his administration include relocating the campus from Lexington Theological Seminary to Georgetown College, accreditation by the Association of Theological Schools in 2015, and a fundraising campaign that netted a $1 million gift, the largest pledge by an individual donor to date.