Dr. Kenneth S. Hemphill comes to Nashville as the National Strategist for Empowering Kingdom Growth .
Empowering Kingdom Growth is an initiative designed to call individual Southern Baptists to renew their passion for the Lord Jesus and the reign of His kingdom in their hearts, families, and churches from which God can forge a spiritual movement marked by holy living, sacrificial service and global witness.
Dr. Hemphill comes to EKG from his most recent position as the president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, TX.
In addition to having served since 1994 at Southwestern, Dr. Hemphill has served as the director of the Southern Baptist Center for Church Growth and in pastoral positions in Virginia, Kentucky, and North Carolina. Dr. Hemphill has doctoral degrees from both Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Cambridge University.
The author of many books, which include, among others, the Prayer of Jesus , Names of God, got life? evangelistic material, Revitalizing the Sunday Morning Dinosaur , The Antioch Effect , and Life Answers: Making Sense of Your World , Dr. Hemphill has made a significant contribution to Christian life in America today.
Dr. Morris H. Chapman, President of the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention, said Dr. Hemphill has the "scholarly mind of a theologian, the passion of an evangelist and the heart of a pastor."
In answer the question of why he left a post at the "world's largest seminary to take another task" is simple, he said: "The will of God and the work of God."