It's official: Dr. Jason K. Allen has become the fifth president of The Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. According to The Pathway >>>
"After a three-hour closed session during their bi-annual meeting, the trustees voted 29-2 to call the 35-year-old Allen following an official nomination, questions from trustees and discussion"
Furthermore, Dr. Allen will begin his duties immediately and hopes to be inaugurated in April 2013 upon the expected completion of Midwestern's new chapel. And, though we've been vocally outspoken concerning both the search committee process as well as what we believe to be legitimate reservations about the search committee's candidate, the trustees overwhelmingly did not share our view.
Even so, I am personally thankful to have been able to publicly express my own Free Church conscience about issues I think are important for all Southern Baptists. Nor is stating one's honest dissent a rendezvous with wasted effort as one commenter seemed to suggest. Hence, we intend to continue examining the theological beliefs, visionary directions, and administrative decisions of the Southern Baptist elite--both elected and non-elected as well as voluntary and paid employees--who represent the interests of all Southern Baptists and publicly voicing our agreement and/or disagreement as we judge fair and appropriate.
Finally, we can and do wish nothing but God's gracious best for Dr. Allen, his family, and the Midwestern community upon the election of their new president.