With the retirement of Dr. Bill Leonard, Wake Forest University School of Divinity is marking a transition from the particular Baptist heritage that shaped its founding. Amidst the school’s broad, ecumenical future, its Baptist heritage holds value for students, alumni, and the institution itself. School of Divinity graduates have thrived within Baptist life, where alumni have served in significant positions of leadership in local churches and in larger denominational bodies. School of Divinity graduates have been among the strongest voices for progressive change and inclusion within their Baptist denominational bodies, and the school has been noted for its influence in shaping such a perspective. This success is not only a point of pride for students and graduates, but also a mark of the success of the School in assisting students with meaningful opportunities post-seminary. Though the School of Divinity is not a Baptist institution, it is an important link to the University’s Baptist roots and religious origins. The maintenance of this sense of a Baptist heritage at an ecumenical seminary is important to continuing in shaping a hopeful future.
Baptists committed to justice, reconciliation, and compassion.
The Baptist Commons provides:
Two School of Divinity alumni who serve as pastors of established Triad churches serve as Co-Coordinators of the Baptist Commons, drawing on the valuable Baptist heritage of the school amidst its ecumenical future: