MBTS president taps Duesing as provost

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Published On July 23, 2014
By Contributing Writer

T. PATRICK HUDSON/MBTS

KANSAS CITY – President Jason K. Allen has announced that Jason G. Duesing will join Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s administration in the role of provost beginning Aug. 1. Duesing will also bring his scholarship in the areas of church history and theology to Midwestern Seminary’s faculty.

According to Allen, Duesing joining the Midwestern Seminary leadership team and faculty is a clear sign of God’s blessing on the institution and will be instrumental as the school pursues its mission of existing for the local church.

“Dr. Duesing is well known throughout Southern Baptist life – and the broader evangelical world – as a man with sterling character, as an accomplished theologian and church historian, and as one deeply committed to the local church and the Great Commission,” Allen said. “Moreover, he rightly understands the role of theological education is to serve the local church. He comes as one who understands that Midwestern Seminary exists for the church and is eager to extend that vision.”

Midwestern Seminary’s president said the provost position carries significant internal and external responsibilities including oversight of the institution’s four deans: Robin Hadaway, as dean of students; John Mark Yeats as undergraduate dean; Thor Madsen as graduate dean; and Rodney Harrison as dean of doctoral and online studies. Allen added that this move solidifies the oversight of the academic division and positions the seminary well for the future.

“Operationally, the creation of the provost position at Midwestern Seminary unifies our academic division under one head; it structurally positions the seminary for further growth; and it is the next step for us to take as a growing and maturing institution,” Allen said.

Allen also noted that in joining Midwestern Seminary’s faculty, along with other recent hires, Duesing adds strength to an already robust group of scholars. “Combined with our current faculty, the recent additions of Yeats, Christian George, and now Jason Duesing, Midwestern Seminary’s church history and theology departments move toward the forefront of seminaries in North America.”

Duesing comes to the Kansas City-based school after serving for more than a decade on the administrative leadership team and faculty at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (SWBTS) in Fort Worth, Texas. His various roles at SWBTS included assistant to the president, chief of staff in the office of the president, and most recently, vice president for strategic initiatives. In the classroom, he was assistant professor of Historical Theology.

Prior to those roles, Duesing served as assistant to the president at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C., and as assistant to the pastor at First Baptist Church (SBC), in Durham, N.C.

The newly appointed provost earned his Ph.D. in Historical Theology and Baptist Studies from Southwestern Seminary in 2008. He also holds a M.Div. from Southeastern Seminary and a B.A. in Speech Communications from Texas A&M University in College Station.

Duesing is married to Kalee, and together they have four children: Gracyn, Ford, Lindsey, and George.

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