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Mission & Purpose

The L. Russ Bush Center for Faith and Culture seeks to engage culture as salt and light, presenting and defending the Christian faith and demonstrating its implications for all areas of human existence.

The Center has a two-fold purpose: (1) To convey graciously and apply effectively the Christian worldview to all areas of culture and to the human condition; (2) To encourage and support the Church in its redemptive work.

Dennis Darville

Dennis Darville Dennis Darville was born in McComb, Mississippi. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies from The College at Southeastern and received his Masters in Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Darville's professional background is diverse. He served twelve years as a campus minister, ministering to college students at the University of Georgia and then moving to the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Also, he was involved in planting a campus church in Houston, TX.

After serving as a campus minister, Darville left the campus for the marketplace. Over a twelve year span, he served in upper management at Ashworth Golf, Greg Norman Apparel, and finally as Vice President of PING Apparel. Those years taught him a wealth of information, not the least of which is the need to see the primacy of Christ in all spheres of life and the urgent need for kingdom-perspective and balance. Darville has also had the privilege of serving as an interim pastor, campus speaker and corporate consultant.

Darville served as Vice President of Institutional Advancement at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary for several years. Additionally, he is a member of the Board of Links Players International, an international ministry using the game of golf as a platform to reach men and women for Christ. He also serves on the Committee for the Scripture and Hermeneutics Seminar and is also a member of the Evangelical Theological Society.

He has been married to LeeAnne for thirty years and has two children, Joanna and Jonathan, one son-in-law, Joe, and a daughter-in-law, Jillian. He is the proud grandfather of Joseph Patrick and Rosilee.
"It is a rare privilege to associate with these men who give direction to the Center. They are men for whom I hold the deepest respect. The Center, at its heart, recognizes the claims of Christ on a world he has both created and redeemed. I cannot imagine anything more valuable than participating in the efforts of the Center for Faith and Culture to plant the flag of Christ's lordship in all spheres of life. May we once again take responsibility of pressing the claims of Christ in the market-place of ideas.“ ~ Dennis Darville

Mark Liederbach

LBMark Liederbach was born in Cherry Hills, New Jersey. Having nothing against the North, he was first moved by Divine providence (in the form of his parents) to Potomac, Maryland for his formative years and then further south and west for his formal education. He received his B.S. in Energy Resource Development from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia; the M.A. in Theology and Church History from Denver Seminary; and the Ph.D. in Theology, Ethics and Culture from The University of Virginia. He began his career as a campus minister with Campus Crusade for Christ where he served for 4 years at Virginia Tech and later as the campus director of the Campus Crusade for Christ ministry at West Virginia University. During his Ph.D. years he taught Business Ethics at the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia. After completing his Ph.D. he served as a Visiting Professor of Religious Studies at James Madison University where he taught World Religions, Philosophy and Ethics related courses. Since 2000 he has been teaching at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary as an Associate Professor of Christian Ethics. Since 2010, Liederbach also serves at Southeastern as the Dean of Students and Vice President of Student Services.

Liederbach is an active member in the Evangelical Theological Society and Evangelical Philosophical Society.

Not only does Liederbach frequently present academic papers at various conferences, he is also in demand to be the keynote speaker for campus events, marriage seminar’s and retreats, men’s conferences and ethics related conferences, panel discussions, and video presentations.

His publications include articles on the nature of beauty, conceptions of the self, virtue ethics, just war theory, the conscience, methods of moral decision making, and ethics as worship. He has recently been featured in an online panel discussion related to the issue of war and torture as well as an ethics video series published by the North Carolina Family Policy Council.

Liederbach is currently under contract with Kregel  to complete a work on the Emergent Church movement and is currently writing a text entitled Ethics as Worship to be completed soon.

He is married to Harriette and they have three children: Daniel, Hannah, and Katherine.

We live in a time and societal environment in which there is great uncertainty regarding the relationship between ethical convictions and tolerance, theology ideologies and societal trends, personal beliefs and our role in the public square. That is, there is great confusion over the proper interplay of faith and culture. The fact that most of the world’s great points of discussion are directly related to this interplay supports our conviction that the L. Russ Bush Center for Faith and Culture’s mission and purpose are both timely and profoundly relevant.

It is my great hope that the center will assist believers and non-believers alike in the process of understanding and employing a right ordering of faith and culture in order to have a redemptive influence on society and ultimately bring glory of God. It is my further hope that through our efforts we might honor well the life and calling of the man for whom the center is named and the Savior he has so faithfully and effectively served.”              ~ Mark Liederbach

Chuck Lawless

lawlessDr. Lawless currently serves as Professor of Evangelism and Missions, Dean of Graduate Studies, and Vice-President for Graduate Studies and Ministry Centers at Southeastern Seminary, in addition to serving as Global Theological Education Consultant for the International Mission Board. Dr. Lawless served as pastor of two Ohio churches prior to joining the Southern Seminary faculty in 1996.  He received a B.S. degree from Cumberland College and M.Div. and Ph.D. degrees from Southern Seminary. He is the author of eight works, including “Membership Matters,” and “Spiritual Warfare,” and has contributed numerous articles to denominational periodicals.  He and his wife Pam have been married for 23 years and reside here in Wake Forest, NC.

Brent Aucoin

aucoinBrent J. Aucoin was born in Hammond, Louisiana and was raised in a Catholic family just outside of New Orleans.  He attended Louisiana State University where he developed an interest in Southern history and politics and earned a BA degree in History.   He was converted to Christ while in graduate school and earned his PhD in History from the University of Arkansas in 1999.  He served as the chair of the History Department at Williams Baptist College from 1999 until 2004.  He currently serves as the Associate Dean of the College at Southeastern and as Associate Professor of History at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he has been teaching since 2004.  He is the author of two books: A Rift in the Clouds: Race and the Southern Federal Judiciary, 1900-1910 (University of Arkansas Press, 2007) and The Strange Career of Thomas Goode Jones: Race and Politics in Alabama, 1865-1914 (University of Alabama Press, 2015).  His research interests are primarily in the history of religion and race relations in the South and he plans to write a history of Baptists in North Carolina during the 20th century.  He is married to Amanda, who was instrumental in his conversion, and who earned her PhD in European History from the University of Arkansas.  They have four boys, Addison, Andrew, Aaron, and Alex (who was adopted out of the foster care system).  They have been members of First Baptist Church – Durham, NC since 2004.

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