The National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion
2005 Annual Meeting Minutes
Loews Hotel – Commonwealth C
November 19, 2005
9:00 am – 11:30 am
The twenty-fifth annual meeting of the National Association of Baptist Professors
of Religion was called to order by President Mikeal Parsons. After a greeting, the
President called the names of Roy Honeycutt, Stanley Grenz, Henleee Barnette, and
Harold Songer for a time of memory and reflection.
Danny Mynatt, Executive Secretary of NABPR, welcomed those in attendance and
distributed the results of the Annual Meeting Opinion Survey. President Parsons
introduced Steve Harmon who presented the 2005 dedicated to James Leo Garrett, Jr.
entitled “Theology in Conversation.”
Curtis Freeman introduced M ikeal Parson for the delivery of “Luke Among
Baptists”–the Presidential Address. “Luke 1:35 is, by far, the most cited verse in Baptist
confessions.” Following the presentation, Freeman moderated a time of questions and
Freeman then introduced a panel for the discussion of the topic, “Stanley Grenz as
an Evangelical, Ecumenical, and Ecclesial Theologian.” The presenters were Roger
Olson (George W. Truett Theological Seminary, Miroslav Volf (Yale Divinity School),
and Philip Thompson (North American Baptist Theological Seminary).
At 11:00, President Parson convened the annual business session. After the
2004minutes were approved, Executive Secretary Danny Mynatt gave the Executive
Committee report. Mynatt highlighted the General Fund statement and spoke of the
changes related to the Council of Societies for the Study of Religion–especially their
move from Valparaiso to Rice University. The endowment funds were noted as
decreasing by 3.8% (after increasing by 17% the previous year).
After the report, Executive Secretary Mynatt read the names of nominations for
new members into the association. After the new members were approved, Brad Chance
offered the nominations of Curtis Freeman for president and Pamela Scalise for vice
president of the Association for 2006. There was no opposition and the nominees were
elected by unanimous vote. Doug Weaver gave the report of the Editorial Board and
announced that the Editorial Board Nominating Committee had invited three new
members: Pam Scalise (Fuller-Seattle); Lidija Novakovic (Bethel-St. Paul); and Ken
Roxburgh (Samford University).
Curtis Freeman presented the recommendation from the Ad Hoc Committee on the
NABPR Dissertation Scholarship. The following portion of the recommendation was
read to the members at the annual meeting since it will involve an amendment to the
constitution. Under Article VI. Officers and Committees add:
Section F. Dissertation Scholarship Committee. The Dissertation
Scholarship Committee of the NABPR shall consist of three members who
are nominated by the NABPR Nominating Committee and elected by the
NABPR membership. The Committee shall announce the scholarship
recipient(s) at the NABPR annual meeting.
Following announcements about time changes and other gatherings, the annual
meeting was adjourned at 11:24 am.
Logsdon School of Theology