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Walter R. Strickland II
Special Advisor to the President for Diversity &
Instructor of Theology

  • Ph.D. (Candidate) University of AberdeenStrickland
  • Th.M. Southeastern Seminary
  • M.Div Southeastern Seminary
  • B.A. Cedarville University

Walter Strickland was born in Chicago and raised in Southern California, and his passion is for people from every culture to fully embody the gospel of Jesus Christ in their context. Walter and his lovely wife Stephanie live in Wake Forest, NC and have a daughter named Hope who is waiting to meet them in glory, and a second daughter named Kendra.
Secretary: Kristen Bell –

Edgar Aponte
Director for Hispanic Leadership Development &
Instructor of Theology

  • Ph.D. (Candidate) Southeastern Seminaryaponte
  • M.Div. Southern Seminary
  • M.B.A. Strayer University
  • Grad Cert. Santo Domingo Institute of Technology
  • B.A. National University Pedro Henríquez Ureña

Edgar Aponte was born and raised in the Dominican Republic. He is passionate about God, His glory and Missions. This is evident by his burden for gospel preaching ministries in the Spanish speaking world. Before coming to Southeastern, Edgar served as Minister Counselor in the Embassy of the Dominican Republic in Washington D.C. He holds B.A. in Business Administration, graduate degree in Corporate Finance, a Master in Business Administration and a Master in Divinity. He is currently working on his Ph.D. in Theological Studies. He is married to Sara and is the father of two children.


Maliek Blade
Executive Ambassador for Kingdom Diversity

  • B.A.C.S College at SoutheasternBlade

Maliek Blade was born in Southeast Washington, DC. With a heart for discipleship, he uses his time to serve as a resource to others from varying backgrounds. In 2012 he founded ATTAM922 (, which soon became a ministry partner of the Kingdom Diversity Initiative. He is often traveling to either preach or recruit and connect on behalf of SEBTS. When not traveling Maliek can be found at Vision Church in Raleigh, NC where he is the Service Director.



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  • Post Office Box 1889
  • Wake Forest, NC 27588
  • Phone: (919) 761 - 2100
Our Mission
  • Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary seeks to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ by equipping students to serve the Church and fulfill the Great Commission.
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