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Charles Edward Lawless, Jr.

Charles Edward Lawless, Jr.

Charles Edward Lawless, Jr.

Professor of Evangelism and Missions
Dean of Doctoral Studies
Vice President for Spiritual Formation and Ministry Centers
Richard & Gina Headrick Chair of World Missions

Discipline: Evangelism
Teaching Since: 2012
Area: Ministry Studies
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Email: clawless@sebts.edu
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EDUCATION

B.S., Cumberland College
M.Div., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Ph.D., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

 

Bio

In addition to his duties at Southeastern, Dr. Lawless also serves as Team Leader for Theological Education Strategists for the International Mission Board. He previously served as a Vice-President for Global Theological Advance for the IMB. Prior to that, he was dean of the Billy Graham School of Missions and Evangelism at Southern Seminary in Louisville, KY, where he also served as Vice President for Academic Programming and the Director of Professional Doctoral Studies.

Dr. Lawless served as pastor of two Ohio churches prior to joining the Southern Seminary faculty in 1996. He and his wife Pam reside in Wake Forest, NC. 

 

The Abstract of Principles has served as a guiding document since Southeastern’s founding. In April 2001, Trustees revised the institutional bylaws to include the 2000 revision of the Baptist Faith and Message along with the Abstract of Principles as the official articles of faith for the school. Since then, faculty have been asked to state in writing that these documents represent their personal beliefs without mental hesitation or reservation and they committed themselves to teach in accordance with and not contrary to these statements of faith.

In addition to the articles of faith, Southeastern further recognizes two documents that clarify beliefs on critical issues. The Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy reflects Southeastern’s commitment to biblical authority. The Danvers Statement on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood addresses the issue of biblical manhood and womanhood. These documents serve as guidelines and affirmations of convictions and beliefs that are already expressed in Southeastern’s statement of faith. Members of the Faculty commit to teach in accordance with and not contrary to the doctrines expressed in these documents.

The faculty of Southeastern published the booklet, “Here we stand! This We Believe!” to introduce the statements of faith signed by the faculty and the affirmation statements endorsed by the faculty. The fifth document in the booklet is the Nashville Statement, which is not a formally recognized document of the school but expresses the position of the school on gender and sexuality.