Adam Greenway, who resigned as president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Sept. 22, announced Sept. 28 he would not accept a job offer from the International Mission Board.
Greenway’s resignation was accepted by SWBTS board chair Danny Roberts during the board’s executive committee meeting Sept. 22 and announced by the seminary Friday, Sept. 23. The announcement included news that Greenway had accepted a role with the IMB. A few days later, Greenway said on social media that he had decided not to accept the IMB’s offer to bring him on staff:
“Carla and I are grateful for the many expressions of care and concern that have come our way since our transition from service at SWBTS was first announced. While we initially thought our path would take us to [IMB] we have not been able to find the Lord’s peace to move forward in that direction. We covet your prayers for ourselves and for our children as we seek the Lord’s direction regarding His next vocational assignment for us.”
O.S. Hawkins has agreed to serve as acting president of SWBTS.
Hawkins is president-emeritus of Guidestone Financial Resources and a two-time alumnus of Southwestern Seminary. Further details about Hawkins’ appointment will be announced early next week, SWBTS reported. Additionally, the board of trustees is expected to name a presidential search committee during its next meeting, Oct. 17–18.
Final details pending
The seminary noted that final details of Greenway’s transition as president are pending. The report did not include specifics of Greenway’s new role at IMB.
“In receiving President Greenway’s resignation, we express our deepest appreciation for his more than three and one-half years of service to his alma mater,” said Danny Roberts, trustee chairman.
“He came to Southwestern Seminary during a difficult time of transition and has worked tirelessly to lead the institution to serve well the churches of the Southern Baptist Convention,” Roberts noted. “Among his other accomplishments, President Greenway has assembled an impressive faculty of scholar-ministers who are daily impacting the lives of their students. He also provided steady leadership during the COVID pandemic, which dramatically altered the delivery of theological education.”
In a statement, Greenway spoke about his time on Seminary Hill.
“These days are incredibly challenging in the life of our denomination,” Greenway said. “They are also challenging times for academic institutions, particularly theological seminaries.
“In February 2019, Carla and I accepted the call to come back ‘home’ to Southwestern Seminary with an understanding of these challenges, but also with the strong desire to be part of the solution,” he noted. “What we failed to appreciate was the enormity of the reputational, legal, and financial realities that would welcome us to the Dome — only to be compounded by a global pandemic unlike anything we have ever experienced before.
“We have done our best to serve Southern Baptists by helping position our seminary for the future,” he said, “but much, much work remains to be done. Nevertheless, in the Providence of God we sense a release from our duties here.”
Transition to IMB
Greenway also spoke about his new role with the IMB.
“We will continue to serve Southern Baptists as we have throughout the course of our lives and ministry,” Greenway said. “We believe our next assignment is not a departure from but a continuation along the journey God has always had us walk.
“We are thrilled that we are going to help prepare Southern Baptist missionaries for their work of addressing the world’s greatest problem — spiritual lostness — with God’s solution, which is the gospel of Christ,” he added. “As we look forward to beginning a new chapter with Southern Baptists’ favorite entity, the International Mission Board, we ask for your prayers for us in this season of transition, and we pledge our continued prayers and support for our beloved ‘crown jewel.’”