Two longtime pastors were named Alumni of the Year on Wednesday afternoon at the Southern Seminary Alumni Luncheon held at the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Nashville.
Seminar chair Albert Mohler announced David Dykes and Josh Manley as co-alumni of the year.
Dykes holds both a master’s degree in divinity and a doctorate in seminary ministry. He has been senior pastor of Green Acres Baptist Church in Tyler, Texas, since 1991 and will retire on August 31.
Dykes also did post-doctoral studies at the University of Cambridge, focusing on Renaissance biblical art. In 2017, he received an honorary doctorate from East Texas Baptist University.
He was also pastor of the First Baptist Church in Gardendale, Alabama for many years and was one of the first Conservative trustees of SBTS to help restore seminary orthodoxy in the 1990s.
He is the author of 19 non-fiction books including: Dealing with disappointments in life and Do angels really exist? David also wrote a trilogy of action novels: Cloudstrike’s prophecy, The Jerusalem Protocol, and Masada’s proposal.
David and his wife, Cindy, have two grown daughters, Jenni Holman and Laura Grace Dykes. David and Cindy have four grandchildren: Lizzie, 14, Caroline, 13, Grant, 11, Ada, 11.
For the past eight years, Josh Manley has served as Senior Pastor at the RAK Evangelical Church in Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates.
Manley graduated from SBTS in 2011 with an MDiv again in 2013 with a ThM in New Testament. During his years at SBTS, he served as an elder at Third Avenue Baptist Church. He was also producer of the Albert Mohler program, the radio precursor of Mohler’s current podcast, The Briefing.
Prior to entering vocation ministry, Manley worked as an assistant in the United States Senate. He is married to Jenny and they have five children: Reeves, 13, Caroline, 11, Miriam, 9, Harper, 5, and George, 2.
Manley joined the lunch via a live broadcast from the United Arab Emirates.
President’s report to messengers
In his report on SBTS to the Southern Baptist Convention on Wednesday morning, Mohler told Messengers that the seminar has weathered the challenges of the pandemic and emerged from the other side in a healthier state than before it began. .
“We have more young men training SBTS to be preachers and pastors than at any time in SBC history and more MDiv students than at any time in Christian history,” Mohler said. . âDuring the COVID 19 trial, we had more registrations than at the start. We expect more than 70 different nations will be represented on the SBTS campus at the start of the fall semester later this year.
“We are told that in heaven there is great joy for one repentant sinner, so imagine the joy in heaven among those who have gone before us to see what the Lord has done in our day and among us. and what he will do in the future. ”