The New Orleans Theological Baptist Seminary Selects New Dean of Students

In a recent decision, the New Orleans Theological Baptist Seminary President Chuck Kelly appointed Craig Price as the new dean of students for January 1, 2005. Price is set to replace outgoing dean of students Ken Keathley who has served in the post since 2000. Keathley will be the next associate dean of graduate studies, continuing to teach both history and theology at New Orleans Seminary.

“Dr. Keathley has been one of the finest deans of students in the history of our institution,” NOBTS Provost Steve Lemke said. “However, he is also a world-class teacher and theologian, and his position as associate dean of graduate studies will enable him to focus more on scholarly work.”

Dr. Craig Price is an alumnus of the Southwestern Theological Baptist Seminary in Texas. Price has received a masters in divinity in 1984, and a doctor of philosophy with a vocation in New Testament studies in 1989. He previously received a bachelor’s degree in 1976, and a master’s in audiology and speech pathology in 1978 at the University of Florida. Afterwards, Price became a licensed and ordained minister at the Kingwood Baptist Church in Moultrie, Georgia.

From 1987 – 1991 Price served as the assistant professor of religion at the Ouachita Baptist University while pastoring at the Richwoods Baptist Church in Akadelphia, Arkansas. During his time at OBU, Price taught classes emphasizing Old and New Testament and pastor ministry studies. Price also taught a few classes at the SWBTS during while working under the Ph.D. program.

Price was also committed toward state and national convention work, serving on numerous boards and committees. In Florida, Price became a member of the nominating committee for the Florida Baptist Convention, and a trustee for the Florida Baptist Theological College (now the Baptist College of Florida). Price was also the Arkansas Baptist Children’s Home and Family Ministries trustee. He also served as the Bi-vocational Pastor’s Steering Committee for the Home Mission Board (currently the North American Mission Board).

“The love for people that arises out of Dr. Price’s rich pastoral experience will serve our institution and students well,” said Provost Lemke. “In addition, his expertise in how to use New Testament exegesis in sermon proclamation is an added plus to our emphasis on expository preaching.”

Price now has a wife, who he has been wedded to for 26 years with two daughters. He has 25 years pastoral experience under his belt in Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, and Texas. Shortly before coming to NOBTS, Price had been ministering at the Hot Springs Baptist Church (now known as the Ark Baptist Church).

“We are delighted to find a new dean of students,” Kelley said during the NOBTS trustee executive committee meeting held December 14. “Dr. Craig Price comes with a pastor’s heart. He also has previous experience in the academic world, having taught at Ouachita Baptist University.

Edwin C. Tsuei