Tribute to a faithful pastor, professor and president
    October 20 2015 by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC executive director-treasurer

    During the September meeting of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina’s Board of Directors, we had the privilege of honoring and recognizing my friend and colleague Jerry Wallace for his many years of service to both Campbell University and North Carolina Baptists.
    Over the summer, Wallace retired after 45 years at Campbell, the last 12 of which he served as the university’s president. I am grateful that we had the privilege as a board to recognize, celebrate and thank him for his dedication to and outstanding leadership of Campbell University.
    In the many roles that Wallace has held at Campbell – professor, administrator, dean, provost and president among them – one role has undergirded them all. Wallace still considers himself a Baptist pastor at heart. His wife Betty shares that sentiment. “He is a preacher first. Always will be,” she says. “That is the essence of who he is.”
    Wallace served as pastor of Elizabethtown Baptist Church from 1960 to 1975. In 1970, while continuing to pastor, Wallace began teaching part time at Campbell as an adjunct professor of sociology.
    As he transitioned from the pastorate to the classroom and later into administration, Wallace always taught, led and served with a pastor’s heart.
    Wallace recognized the important connection between academic pursuits and the spiritual formation and development of students. He has given his life to both ministry and education, and Wallace believes the two are not to be separated.
    The link between academic training and ministry is clearly seen in Wallace’s efforts to establish Campbell’s school of medicine. From the very beginning, Wallace had a vision that the medical school at Campbell would produce more doctors and medical professionals for the mission field and missionary endeavors than any other school in the nation.
    Throughout his tenure at Campbell, Wallace has valued the historic relationship between the universities and the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina.
    The ongoing relationship that the state convention presently has with the affiliated N.C. Baptist educational institutions is due, in large part, to the efforts of Wallace.
    He has been a trusted voice in the establishment of this new relationship with the convention and the universities.
    For as long as I have known him, Wallace has always personified what I think it means to be a Christian southern gentleman. I agree with the sentiment expressed to him on behalf of the convention’s Christian Higher Education Special Committee during a reception in his honor. “Your passion for providing a strong Christian worldview to students of all disciplines has set you apart as a minister of the gospel, educator and statesman.”
    Thank you, Dr. Wallace, for your many years of service to North Carolina Baptists and for your faithfulness as a pastor, professor and university president.
    And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has enabled me, because He counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry” – 1 Timothy 1:12 (NKJV).

    10/20/2015 12:15:05 PM by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC executive director-treasurer | with 0 comments
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