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07-03-2011


Cumberlands alum elected to top position of Southern Baptist Convention's International Mission Board

 


University of the Cumberlands alum Dr. Chuck Lawless, class of 1985, was named vice president for Global Theological Advancement for the Southern Baptist Convention’s International Mission Board on June 1. “My role is to help IMB keep an uncompromised focus on the Word, balance discipleship and training with evangelism and church-planting, work alongside international and stateside educational institutions and connect with younger church leaders,” said Lawless.

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. – University of the Cumberlands alum Dr. Chuck Lawless, class of 1985, was named vice president for Global Theological Advancement for the Southern Baptist Convention’s International Mission Board (IMB) on June 1.

“The opportunity to influence the IMB missionary force as well as believers around the globe is an amazing one,” Lawless said. “I’m deeply humbled by this opportunity to touch the ends of the earth with the gospel.”

Lawless earned a degree in English education with a minor in religion at the University, formerly Cumberland College. Learning from the professors at Cumberlands played a big part in the direction Lawless has taken. One professor in particular, Milton Murphy, had a significant impact on him.

“Professor Murphy [‘s]…passion for global missions was evident in the classroom,” he said. “I fondly recall sitting in a Cumberland missions class as he talked of his love for the nations. Later, I took a school trip with him and saw him live out his love for people of other cultures.”

Lawless has been actively applying what he learned ever since graduating—through his work at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (SBTS) and various other ministerial roles—and his work at IMB will also be complemented by the values harvested at UC.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to learn at Cumberland, and I look forward to working together with UC in the future to produce the next generation of missionaries,” said Lawless.

Lawless is the former dean of the Billy Graham School of Missions and Evangelism at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He resides in Richmond, VA., with his wife Pam.

Located in Williamsburg, KY, University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; nine graduate degrees, including two doctorates, a specialist, and six master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.