Charles S. Kelley Jr. was elected as the seminary's eighth president
in March 1996, following the 20-year presidency of Landrum P.
Leavell II, a denominational
statesman who made NOBTS one of the world's largest seminaries.
A much-requested speaker throughout the SBC, Dr. Kelley is recognized
widely for his evangelistic preaching and for his research in
the areas of church growth and church health. Dr. Kelley previously
taught evangelism at NOBTS for 13 years and from 1993-96 was
director of the SBC's first Center for Evangelism and Church
Growth, located on the NOBTS campus and named in honor of Dr.
Dr. Kelley's leadership, the seminary has embraced a mission
to equip leaders to fulfill the Great Commission and the Great
Commandments through the local church and its ministries.
also has led the seminary to focus on the core values of Doctrinal
Integrity ("Knowing that the Bible is the Word of God,
we believe it, teach it, proclaim it, and submit to it");
Spiritual Vitality ("We are a worshiping community, emphasizing
both personal spirituality and worship as a seminary family");
Mission Focus ("We are not here merely to get an education
or to give one; we are here to change the world through the
local church and its ministries"); Characteristic Excellence
("What we do, we do to the utmost of our abilities and
resources as a testimony to the glory of our Lord"); and
Servant Leadership ("We follow the model of Jesus and exert
leadership and influence through the nurture and encouragement
of those around us").
Orleans Seminary's target is healthy churches, for, as Dr. Kelley
has stated, "the health of a seminary is measured by the
health of the churches its graduates lead."
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