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ANALYSIS: Trouble brewing at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Lack of diversity has alums, Southern Baptists considering complaints to SWBTS accreditors.

Southwestern Baptist Seminary eliminates most of its Latino professors, hires more whites.

On Race: Pay attention to what we say, not what we do.

Latino Professor: “The fact that I organized missions to El Salvador, founded a multicultural drama club, and proposed a media arts and culture major with an African American music professor hurt my standing rather than helped it.”

There is trouble brewing for Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (SWBTS). The seminary is an important Southern Baptist institution, but alumni and Southern Baptists are alarmed at the action of the administration that has reduced the representation of minorities and women on the faculty. According to research, the new administration hired 12 white men all the while reducing about 13 women and minority faculty members. In fact, a group of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary alumni and a handful of Southern Baptist church members are considering a complaint to SWBTS’ accreditors, they tell the Capstone Report.

A complaint to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) could be based on problems found at The Master’s University and Seminary by its regional accreditor in 2018. Accreditors cited problems of diversity and intimidation at the school.

Specifically, a complaint against Southwestern could involve allegations that SWBTS created “a climate of fear, intimidation, bullying, and uncertainty among significant numbers of faculty and staff.” That is word-for-word taken from the probation letter sent to The Master’s Seminary.

However, sources tell CR that this is an accurate description of the actions of the Greenway Administration at SWBTS.

When Paige Patterson left Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 29 percent of its faculty were women and minorities. There were five full time Latino professors teaching. Four of the five Latino professors at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (SWBTS) are no longer in their full-time faculty teaching jobs at the seminary. All five were employed at the seminary when Paige Patterson was fired, but the new leadership—a leadership that pays lip service to diversity—has fired Latino minorities, passed over higher ranking Latinos and hired and promoted exclusively white males and females. A shocking display for a seminary located in a state with a growing, robust Hispanic population.

Also, a black male serving as a dean was removed from that position at the seminary and moved to a newly created music center directors’ job. In his place, white males were hired in church music. Shockingly, both were connected to the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Adam Greenway, an Al Mohler protégé from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (SBTS) in Louisville, fired about 26 full time faculty, allegedly because of a budget shortfall. However, Greenway has since hired about 12 new faculty members—almost all associated with Mohler and his seminary.

The list of Latino instructors no longer teaching includes: Rudy Gonzalez, Gerard Alfaro, Daniel Sanchez (moved from full time status) and Robert Lopez (not on the next term’s schedule to teach any classes.) Lopez wrote about the shocking changes at Southwestern at American Greatness.

Lopez details the culture of intimidation under the new Woke Social Justice administration at Southwestern.

“The fact that I organized missions to El Salvador, founded a multicultural drama club, and proposed a media arts and culture major with an African American music professor hurt my standing rather than helped it,” Lopez said.

Greenway who pays lip service to diversity has since his arrival at Southwestern hired: two white men in music, hired a white male as theologian-in-residence, hired a white male in counseling, hired white woman in family ministries, hired a white man in church history, hired a white man as scholar-in-residence, hired a white man as provost, hired a white man as chief of staff and hired a white man as police chief.

Within Scarborough College, two lower ranking whites were promoted by Greenway over Latinos. Making the move even more suspect, the whites were promoted to jobs without a job opening announcement or the chance for other internal applications.

All this while Greenway and other Southern Baptist leaders are promoting diversity. As ever, the Woke leader says one thing and does another.

But those who love Southwestern should be worried. This is only the tip of the iceberg.

2 thoughts on “ANALYSIS: Trouble brewing at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary”

  1. I’m a graduate of Southwestern and am not at all surprised with all of this. The trustees are behind this as shown by their under the table dealings with Paige Patterson. While I am in no way a fan of Patterson, they did him poorly to say the least. I also do not care how many women or minorities they hire since I don’t think either of those should be considered as qualifications for anything. I do care about some honesty and integrity in my alma mater and I sure don’t see if evidenced today.

  2. I find it facinating that this article failed to mention why these individuals were fired. It also failed to discuss the qualifications of those who applied for the jobs.

    Is it possible this article left these issues out of the discussion in order to negatively bias the reader?

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