The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) held its annual meeting in Baltimore on June 10–11, and Trinity President David S. Dockery was honored with two awards during the course of events.
On Wednesday morning, LifeWay Christian Resources President Thom Rainer presented Dockery with the Holman Christian Standard Bible Award, the highest honor that LifeWay bestows—and a rare occurrence, as well. This is the second HCSB Award that LifeWay has given, doing so only when they find that “rare individual who has honored the Word of God in a significant way.”
Rainer, speaking during the LifeWay report on the Convention Floor, said the award recognizes Dr. Dockery “for a life dedicated to serving the Lord, his churches, and the Southern Baptist Convention, through the preaching and teaching of the gospel.” He went on to say that Dockery’s “speaking and proclamation of the Word are uncompromising. And his academic and statesman leadership is known across the country and around the world.”
Later that day, during its alumni luncheon, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (MBTS) announced that Dockery has been named the recipient of their annual Distinguished Denominational Service Award, which is given to individuals who have shown extraordinary leadership within and tireless service to the SBC. Additionally, award recipients have proven to be faithful supporters of and dear friends to Midwestern Seminary (Dr. Dockery has served at MBTS as distinguished professor of theology and Baptist studies, occasional lecturer and conference speaker, as well as a “dear friend” to President Jason K. Allen).
President Allen went on to say that “in this generation, Dr. Dockery has emerged as a leading statesman in the Southern Baptist Convention. He is a gifted theologian, an accomplished leader in Christian higher education, and, most especially, a man of God. He is exceedingly qualified for this high honor, and it is my honor to bestow it on him.”
Dockery said these recognitions were “incredibly humbling and most meaningful. I want to express my genuine appreciation to all of those at LifeWay and Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary who were involved in these decisions.”
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