President Molly T. Marshall Receives National Ministry Award from American Baptists
National Ministries of the American Baptist Churches, USA, recognized the Rev. Dr. Molly T. Marshall for distinguished service in strengthening educational programs to an American Baptist-related college or seminary at the annual gathering of the American Baptist Churches of the Central Region in October. She was awarded the Luther Wesley Smith Education Award by Dr. David Laubach of National Ministries, who presented her with an engraved plaque at the annual Central Region banquet. Central Baptist Seminary’s President Marshall also received a cash award of $500.
The Rev. Jerrod H. Hugenot, Coordinating Minister of The First Baptist Church of Bennington, Vermont, nominated Dr. Marshall for her lifelong commitment to theological education and for the renewed and reinvigorated era of Central Seminary’s history under her leadership. He advised, “In the midst of the congregation, I preach, teach, lead, and tend the gathered people with compassion, humility, attentive listening, and grace, thanks to the values learned from Dr. Marshall in the classroom and her personal mentorship.”
President Marshall received the award on behalf of Central Seminary, which she stated was in its 109th year, “a season of rising” marked by “new programs, new international partnerships, and new buildings rising from the Kansas earth.” She advised she was honored to have her name linked with Luther Wesley Smith, who cared about Christian education at all its levels. Rev. Dr. Marshall dedicated the award to Dr. Douglas Green, “my most faithful supporter of my calling.”
Central Seminary board, faculty, staff, and students congratulate President Marshall on this recognition of her gifts and achievements. Rev. Dr. Heather Entrekin, Central Board Officer and Pastor, Prairie Baptist Church, Prairie Village, Kansas, advised, “Molly Marshall has led and continues to lead Central Baptist Theological Seminary through turbulent times that could swamp a lesser leader or institution.”