Dr. Paul Armes

Dr. Paul Armes
Professor - Religion

1900 West 7th Street -CMB 1299
Plainview, Texas 79072

(806) 291-3400     Fax (806) 291-1975

Office:  Gates Hall 304


As Wayland Baptist University-Plainview's 12th president, Paul W. Armes comes to the university with a strong reputation as a leader in Christian education and an advocate for young people. He assumed the presidency of Wayland's main campus on February 1, 2001 after serving nearly five years as president of San Marcos Baptist Academy.

Born in Waco, Armes has lived most of his life in Texas. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Baylor University in 1971 and earned a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1974. Armes also holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Southwestern Seminary in Old Testament, with minors in Pastoral Ministry and Biblical Theology.

Before his move to private education, Armes spent many years in the pastorate. He was licensed for ministry at Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas in 1968 and then ordained at Agee Baptist Church in Hamilton in 1974 after two years as pastor. He has worked as music and youth minister and has pastored at Big Springs Baptist Church in Garland, Oakwood Baptist Church in Kansas City, Mo., Oakwood Baptist Church in Lubbock and First Baptist Church in Corpus Christi.

During Armes' time at San Marcos Academy, the school experienced its largest single-year enrollment growth in two decades. The most successful fundraising campaign in the history of the school was completed, with pledges and gifts received of more than $4 million. Several new programs were initiated, including a specialized program for students with mild learning differences. The traditional chaplain's position was redefined as the campus minister and assigned broader responsibilities for the spiritual life of the entire school. Additional opportunities for Bible study and personal discipleship were scheduled, and a new emphasis was given to the development of student leadership.

Armes' other ties to education are plentiful. He continues to serve as a Doctor of Ministry field supervisor for Southwestern Seminary, and held adjunct teaching positions with Howard Payne University's extension center in Corpus Christi and for Wayland's Lubbock campus. He was also a part-time teaching fellow in Old Testament at Southwestern Seminary.

Armes has served the denomination extensively, as a member of several Baptist General Convention of Texas committees in the late 1980s and as a trustee for San Marcos Academy from 1988-96. He served with Corpus Christi Baptist Association in several capacities, as well as the Lubbock Baptist Association and the Memorial Hospital of Kansas City and Blue River-Kansas City Baptist Association. His community service and professional involvement has also been notable. Armes continues to serve on the Board of Directors for the Prichard Family Foundation. He was a representative for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, a commissioner with the Accreditation Commission of the Texas Association of Baptist Schools and a representative to the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce from 1996-2000. He was also a member of the Rotary Club in Corpus Christi, was president of the South Texas Hospital Ministries of Corpus Christi and was a member of the Baylor University Chamber of Commerce.

Armes has written several articles for "The Biblical Illustrator" and a set of Sunday School lessons for "The Baptist Standard." He was elected to "Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities" while at Southwestern and was named to "Outstanding Young Men of America" in 1978.

Armes is a member of First Baptist Church in Plainview. He and his wife, the former Duanea Jean Ramsey, have two married daughters, two grandsons and two granddaughters.