Carson-Newman news office
JEFFERSON CITY — Carson-Newman University president Charles A. Fowler announced the hiring of Dr. Jonathan Akin as the institution’s new vice president for Church Relations and Campus Ministries.
Akin currently serves as the director of Leadership Development for the North American Mission Board. He also leads NAMB’s Timothy+Barnabas Institute, which has become one of the most effective equipping and mentoring ministries for young pastors.
In addition, Akin serves as the interim pastor at First Baptist Church, Naples, Fla. He will continue in this role until the church secures a pastor.
“Since I arrived in Jefferson City, I have been searching for a vice president for Church Relations and Campus Ministries,” said Fowler. “This position is such a critical role at Carson-Newman.”
Fowler explained that he had taken his time in filling the role to ensure the right person was found for the created position. “My desire for the person filling this role was for them to have a PhD and have enough scholarly work to be viewed as a colleague among our faculty,” said Fowler. “I wanted them to have served as a senior pastor so that area pastors would view them as a pastor and friend. I also wanted someone nationally recognized so their association would open doors with churches and attract students.” [Read more…]