Sadler looks to strengthen relationships through new position at Wayland

PLAINVIEW – Dr. Paul Sadler, who recently stepped down as Dean of the School of Religion and Philosophy at Wayland Baptist University, has accepted a new position as Director of Church and Denominational Relations.

In his new role, Sadler will work closely with churches in the area and throughout West Texas to develop and maintain positive, mutually beneficial relationships. Sadler said he wants to focus on strengthening relationships between Wayland and the denominational entities -- Baptist and others -- served by the university.

“The most important thing Wayland does for our churches is to educate their young people,” Sadler said. “That is not just in the School of Religion and Philosophy, but also through every other school on campus. Our first and best service to the church is to educate young people in that place where faith and learning come together.”

Wayland Baptist University President Dr. Bobby Hall said Sadler’s vast experience in the pulpit and with religious education will serve him well in his new position.

“Dr. Sadler has had a long and distinguished career of service both to the Baptist denomination and to Wayland,” Hall said. “He has not only led Wayland’s School of Religion and Philosophy to new heights, but has also preached and served in churches throughout West Texas and contributed significantly to Baptist life across the state.”

Sadler has been at Wayland for 26 years, serving as Dean of the School of Religion and Philosophy since 2007. During his tenure as Dean, Sadler said he was privileged to work with a dedicated faculty that has developed several new programs and areas of opportunity including the Master of Divinity online program and the Wayland Mission Center.

A graduate of Baylor University, Sadler also has 20 years experience as a pastor, serving three Waco area churches from 1970-1990. While working at Wayland, he has served as interim pastor at churches in Plainview, Farwell, Hart, Petersburg, Springlake and Lubbock. He and his wife, Jimmye, a longtime educator for Plainview Independent School District, are members of First Baptist Church in Plainview.