Nash accepts teaching, associate dean position at McAfee School of Theology
By Lance Wallace
Thursday, March 29, 2012
ATLANTA – Rob Nash, coordinator of Global Missions for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship since 2006, has accepted a position as professor of missions and world religions and associate dean at Mercer University’s McAfee School of Theology.
“It has been my privilege for almost six years now to minister alongside CBF field personnel and staff who care deeply about sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with and among the most neglected,” Nash said, who will conclude his employment at CBF on June 30.
“These folks have been my teachers in a grand laboratory of learning about God’s mission in the world,” he said. “I will truly miss the spirit of collaboration and passion that has shaped our work.”
During Nash’s tenure, CBF Global Missions implemented a new strategic plan that reiterated the commitment to the most neglected while building innovative structures for engagement. Under Nash’s leadership, the Fellowship commissioned the first network of field personnel, churches and individuals at the 2009 General Assembly as a ministry team among people in China. CBF Global Missions has also implemented eight mission communities through which churches and individuals can engage alongside field personnel.
“God has used Rob Nash to bring fresh vision and passion to CBF global missions,” said CBF Executive Coordinator Daniel Vestal. “He will be greatly missed. His ministry of teaching at Mercer will impact the future of the Baptist witness and the missionary enterprise in profound ways. We send him to this ministry with our fervent prayer and deep affection.”
In joining the faculty at McAfee, Nash returns to higher education. Prior to becoming the coordinator of global missions at CBF, Nash served as dean of the school of religion and international studies at Shorter College in Rome, Ga. from 2000 to 2006. Nash also served as associate professor of religion at Shorter as well as assistant professor of religion and chair of the department of religion at Judson College in Marion, Ala.
Nash will begin at McAfee July 1 and will be responsible as associate dean for administering the doctor of ministry degree program. He will also teach the missions and world religions course sequence in the master of divinity degree program.
“Rob has a passion for teaching as well as missions, and he wants to work on building the base for missions among ‘missional churches’ because our mission work around the world can be no stronger than the commitment to missions among our churches and their ministers,” said R. Alan Culpepper, dean of the McAfee School of Theology.
“As a faculty member at McAfee, Rob will be able to return to the classroom and help educate the next generation of Baptist ministers and leaders while continuing to promote the global missions program. For all this we give thanks for a providence beyond the abilities of any of us to plan the future.”
Nash lived 13 years in the Philippines as a child where his parents served as Baptist missionaries, and he has pastored churches in Kentucky and served interims in Alabama and Georgia.
Nash earned a bachelor’s degree in history and English from Georgia College and State University (GCSU) in Milledgeville, Ga., in 1981. He completed his master of arts degree in history from GCSU in 1982, followed by his master of divinity degree from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., in 1985.
With a dissertation titled “The Influence of American Myth on Southern Baptist Foreign Missions, 1845-1945,” Nash earned a Ph.D. from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1989.
He has authored or co-authored several books, including “An 8-Track Church in a CD World: The Modern Church in the Postmodern World,” published by Smyth and Helwys in 1997.
He and his wife, Guyeth, have two children, Lindsay and Douglas. The Nashes are members of First Baptist Church, Rome, Ga.
“I’m grateful for McAfee School of Theology and its powerful vision ‘to extend the mission of the church in the world,’” Nash said. “I look forward to the opportunity of working with its students and faculty in achieving this mission in the context of the calling of God for the church in the twenty-first century.”