A New President for New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary

Yesterday, June 5, 2019, trustees of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary elected Dr. James K. Dew, Jr., as the ninth president of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

Sometimes we don’t know the good things which are all around us. One of those is New Orleans Seminary, an institution that I’ve had the joy of being associated with for all of my adult life.

Martha has a masters degree from New Orleans seminary and I have both a masters and a doctorate. We have been forever influenced by those Godly professors who helped us grow in the Lord and prepared us for a lifetime of ministry.

That’s why I am excited about Dr. James Dew. Jamie (as he is known by his friends) has two PhD‘s, one from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and one in philosophy from the University of Birmingham, England.

For the last seven years he has been Dean of The College at Southeastern where the enrollment has over doubled in those years. Prior to that he served as a pastor in North Carolina for eight years

Jamie and his wife Tara have two sets of twins, 11 and 9 years of age. They are a beautiful family and will bring a new perspective to New Orleans Seminary.

Dr. Dew succeeds Dr. Chuck Kelley who served as president of the seminary for the last 23 years. Dr. Kelley served as president for almost 1/4 of the entire history of the institution.

This announcement is important to all of us—even non-Baptists— because of the vital role that pastors and ministers play in the work of the church.

Let this announcement be an impetus to pray for your church, its pastors, and those in your denomination who help train the next generation of leaders. Pray that God will continue to equip and grow those who lead the church.


  1. Bethellen
    Jun 06, 2019

    I read yesterday about Dr. Drew’s arrival in the Baptist Message. He and his wife Tara are real “Keepers”. What a blessing and a joy for all of us! Thank you Lord for sending this precious family our way!

  2. Mark Graham
    Jun 06, 2019

    I am deeply indebted to NOBTS, the Baptists who’ve supported it, and the professors who’ve mentored me in Christ and in the Word. And you were one of those. Thank you Waylon.

  3. Tom harrison
    Jun 06, 2019

    Thank you for your hard work as a trustee of NOBTS. I’m so excited about having a new president who has both academic and pastoral experience.

    I too was trained at NOBTS MDiv- DmIn and received great leadership development and direction through the men and women of that school. Graduates of the seminary need both academic and pragmatic ways of how to be effective in the local church. I think the DR Drew’s brings at experience to the table.
    Praise God for the school of Providence and prayer, and the new leadership that God will use to shape our future.

    • Tom Harrison
      Jun 06, 2019

      Dr Dew’s correction

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