SEBTS Founder's Day Address - John Edward Steely February 16, 1961

  • The service begins with prayer (00:00-03:01), a recognition of the Board of Trustees for this Founder’s Day Address (03:02-07:24), and a word of resignation from the chairman of the Board of Trustees as well as his introduction of the speaker, Dr. John Edward Steely, Associate Professor of Historical Theology (07:25-11:03). The choir sings “When I Survey the Wond’rous Cross” as the anthem of SEBTS (11:04-14:48) before Dr. Steely begins his address, covering personal counsel concerning the history of SEBTS over the previous 10 years from its inception to the present (14:49-16:23). The faculty began with only 4 members and a student body of 101 members, growing by the end of 10 years to a faculty of 30 members and a student body of over 700 members (16:24-17:03). Steely speaks to the efforts of the future historian who will write down this seminary’s history (17:04-23:08). He then speaks of the seminary’s emphases in pursuit of its objectives (23:09-23:55) before speaking about the contributions which over 9,000,000 Southern Baptists have supported through their cooperative giving (23:56-27:54). Dr. Steely then desires that everyone present would, with him, reaffirm their seminarial commitments to the purposes of Jesus Christ (27:55-29:12). Next, he mentions those advancements and doors of opportunity which have opened to the seminary during the second half of the decade, adding the need to live the Christian life to bear witness to Jesus Christ (29:13-33:41) so that the seminary will not fail to complete its task in educating ministers of the gospel (33:42-36:40). President Stealey closed the service with the singing of the seminary hymn (36:41-41:41), prayer (41:42-44:39), and closing song (44:40-46:51).
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  • July 23, 2021
  • SEBTS_Founders_Day_Address_John_Edward_Steely_1961-02-16
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  • February 16, 1961
  • Wake Forest (N.C.)
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    SEBTS Chapel and Special Event Recordings - 1960s, SEBTS Chapel and Special Event Recordings, Archives and Special Collections, Library at Southeastern, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, NC.