Sydnor Lorenzo Stealey was the first President of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. The service begins with an opening prayer from 0:00-1:31. There are scripture readings from various verses in Isaiah 58, Isaiah 40, 2 Corinthians 5 & 6 from 1:40-9:44. Special music is played from 9:52-13:03. Dr. Stealey gives the address from 13:06-29:44. Stealey gives a moment to recognize the students for completing their studies at the seminary. He encourages them to serve God faithfully and to love well everywhere they go. There is a tribute to Dr. Stealey from 29:46-32:55 as this is his last event as president of the seminary before he retires. J. Glenn Blackburn gives a few closing remarks and benediction from 32:56-37:38.
Sydnor Lorenzo Stealey was the first President of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served from 1951-1963. Dr. Stealey began with a scripture reading of Romans 8:38-39 and preached from Isaiah 51:1-4. He speaks for the entirety of the audio recording. Stealey talks about the vision for the seminary and the grace of God, saying "God expects those He blesses to be a blessing", highlighting the idea that the love of God should be a light we carry.