Wolfe Emphasizes ‘One Family’ Mission During Special Chapel Service
Posted on: July 21, 2023
Tigerville, SC (July 21, 2023) Dr. Tony Wolfe, executive director-treasurer of the South Carolina Baptist Convention, addressed North Greenville University (NGU) faculty and staff members during a special chapel service on Monday morning, emphasizing a “one family” mission and the university’s Christ-centered focus on academic excellence.
“We join South Carolina Baptists in welcoming Dr. Tony Wolfe to our state,” said NGU President Dr. Gene C. Fant, Jr. “We were particularly encouraged to hear Dr. Wolfe speak to his vision for Christian higher education, which aligns perfectly with our mission of cultivating transformational leaders for church and society.”
Wolfe previously served as the associate executive director of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention. During his 23 years in ministry, Wolfe has served Southern Baptist churches in Texas and Louisiana as a denominational leader, interim pastor, pastor, worship leader, Christian educator, and pastoral counselor.
Wolfe holds degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, and Lamar University.
“You are shaping the minds of future shapers and training them how to think with a Biblical worldview,” Wolfe said during the chapel service. “What you’re doing is so important to our hope for the future: that Christ’s people would expand, elevate and enlarge Christ’s kingdom on earth as it is in heaven.”
Wolfe has been serving the South Carolina Baptist Convention since May, taking over for Gary Hollingsworth, who retired from the post after 47 years in full-time ministry.
“My predecessor, Gary Hollingsworth, did an incredible job leveling the playing field and building relationships across the state between churches, associations and ministry partners,” Wolfe said. “I feel like I’m walking in with a really solid foundation, and we have to ask, ‘what are we going to build on this?’”
Wolfe said unity among South Carolina Baptists is crucial, and highlighted the continued importance of Christian higher education in the state.
“We’re one family, on one mission, through one cooperative effort,” he said.
“As South Carolina Baptists, it is deeply rooted in our DNA to be sacrificially invested in Christ-centered, kingdom education,” Wolfe continued. “It’s part of our heartbeat, not just an ancillary thing we do on the side. We’re training all of Christ’s people for all of life. When you have a Christ-centered biblical worldview, you’re able to process things with the wisdom of heaven. In engineering, in the creative arts, in communication, in public policy, in global marketplace ministry—in all these things we need a good Christ-centered biblical worldview.”
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