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University of the Cumberlands’ last Convocation of the semester delivered by Dr. Dean Haun


Dr. H. Dean Haun addresses faculty, staff and students at University of the Cumberlands.

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. — On December 8, Dr. H. Dean Haun, pastor of Morristown First Baptist Church, Morristown, Tenn., addressed University of the Cumberlands’ students, as well as members of the faculty and staff, at the last convocation of the fall semester.

Citing many of the names and titles that refer to Christ in the Bible, Haun delivered a stirring message entitled, “What is Christmas All About?” He stressed the importance of the name, Jesus, and how we should use it in our lives, and he explained how the events that we celebrate at Christmastime have affected the world.

A member of UC’s class of 1978, Haun declared, “It is wonderful to be back on campus and to see all the changes since I was a student.” Reaching out to today’s current students, he told the audience that he and Dr. Bill Henard had been roommates at what was then Cumberland College, and that the two of them had been voted the “least likely to succeed as ministerial students.” He said that he and Henard, former president of the Kentucky Baptist Convention, who recently received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from UC, were good examples of what God can do in a person’s life—examples that students should remember when they have doubts and worries about the future. He stated, “[God] can use you in an incredible way.”

Following his graduation from Cumberland, Haun earned his Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministries in Expository Preaching from Trinity Theological Seminary. He has served at a number of churches in the East and Southeast, most recently, as senior pastor of the First Baptist Church of Jonesboro, Ga., before coming to Morristown in November 2007.

Haun attributes his success largely to his experience at Cumberlands. “The University disciplined me socially, spiritually and mentally, in many ways,” he states. “A degree from a reputable college opened many doors for me.” He also credits UC for life-long friendships, such as the one he continues to share with Henard.

Haun and his wife, Pamela, whom he met while studying at Cumberland, have three children and two grandchildren.