Stookey Takes Post as Dean of Religion

PLAINVIEW - Starting Sept. 1, Dr. Stephen Stookey will take on a new role as Dean of the School of Religion and Philosophy at Wayland Baptist University. Stookey will replace Dr. Clinton Lowin who resigned in June to become a chaplain in Germany.

Stookey came to Wayland in 2016 as a professor of religion and has taught both graduate and undergraduate courses in face-to-face and online settings. As Dean, he will take on more administrative duties and is looking forward to the challenge of leading the School of Religion.

"Few schools boast the diverse academic talent and ministry expertise found at Wayland," Stookey said. "I am humbled and honored to serve alongside these gifted scholars across the Wayland system."

An active member of Baptist life, Stookey currently serves as a trustee for the T.B. Maston Foundation and is on the Board of Directors of the Baptist History and Heritage Society. He has been a member on two commissions with the Baptist World Alliance, and has served with The Fellowship of Baptist Historians and the Texas Baptist Historical Society. Stookey is a member of the American Academy of Religion, and the American Society of Church History.

Stookey earned his Ph.D. in church history from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth. He also holds a Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern. He completed his undergraduate degree in religion at Baylor University.

A native of Kankakee, Ill., Stookey said he got to Texas as quickly as he could. His professional career includes teaching at Southwestern Seminary from 1995-2004, as well as Dallas Baptist University from 2006-2014. He was a visiting professor at The Evangelical College of Theology in Sierra Leone in 2014, and did two stints as a resident fellow at the B.H. Carroll Theological Institute from 2004-06 and again in 2015 before coming to Wayland in 2016.

Stookey said his major goal in leading the School of Religion and Philosophy is to help Wayland and its constituency to navigate the "shifting landscape of church and denominational life.

"The challenges facing the global Christian community are complex," he said. "Wayland is uniquely positioned to collaborate with the global Christian family. My task as dean is to support our faculty, students, and constituent partners in their pursuits of kingdom service."