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Dr. David Dockery leads MBU In-Service Day

Missouri Baptist University welcomed Dr. David Dockery to campus on Wednesday, Feb. 19. Dr. Dockery addressed MBU’s faculty and staff as the keynote speaker of MBU’s Spring In-Service Day.


Dockery is currently the president of International Alliance for Christian Education, and a theologian-in-residence at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He previously served as president of Union University and both president and chancellor of Trinity International University. 

During his address, Dockery challenged the MBU community to pursue Christ in a learning environment that is unapologetically Christian, intellectually rigorous and leads to a life of worship and service. “We are called to seek wisdom; to have our minds opened in our scholarly endeavors in order to be oriented toward worship and service. We must also recognize our limits and learn humility that leads us to trust God for further illumination each and every day in our work,” said Dockery. . “We must learn to think comprehensively in every field of learning, from business, to education, to healthcare, etc., “ about what it means that God is the source of all truth, all knowledge, all wisdom—the source of everything that is.”

Dr. Andy Chambers, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at MBU, observed, “Dr. Dockery is a senior statesman in Southern Baptist and evangelical life. For many years he has been a leader in helping Christian universities learn to ground education in a biblical world-view that connects the dots between academy, church, and society and equips graduates to become leaders in cultural renewal. The MBU faculty was energized by his visit.”     

Dockery has collectively authored, edited or contributed to more than books, including “Southern Baptist Consensus and Renewal” and “Theologians of the Baptist Tradition.” 

Dockery holds degrees from the University of Alabama-Birmingham (B.S), Grace Theological Seminary (M.Div.), Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div.), Texas Christian University (M.A.), and the University of Texas Ph.D.). He has also done additional study at Drew University.