We at BtT wish to make our readers aware that SEBTS recently named John Ewart as Associate Vice President for Global Theological Initiatives. Dr. Ewart brings quite a bit to the table: he is a top-shelf leader and visionary, a seasoned pastor, a popular classroom instructor, a recognized expert on small group based church growth strategies, and the holder of an irrepressibly sharp wit.
Dr. Ewart has served as Fletcher Professor of Missions at SEBTS since 2008, while also serving as Associate Vice President of Program Development. He has served as senior pastor of four Southern Baptist churches, is the founder and president of R.E.A.C.H Worldwide Ministries, teaches evangelism and missions, and holds degrees from Baylor, Southwestern, and Southern.
Dr. Ewart provides leadership for several major areas within SEBTS, including The Center for Great Commission Studies (CGCS), our partnerships with local churches (EQUIP and supervised ministry), and our distance and innovative learning initiatives. For those BtT readers who are interested in partnering with SEBTS or sending students to SEBTS, here is an expanded summary of the exciting initiatives led by Dr. Ewart.
In addition Dr. Ewart oversees our current and potential partnerships in the United States and abroad. Current partnerships include Uganda, Liberia, Zambia, Sudan, Vietnam, Malaysia, East Asia, Moldova, Ukraine, Germany, England, the Middle East, Brazil, Mexico, El Salvador, Cuba, and Peru. Components of the partnerships include adjunctive teaching, affording faculty members in these countries the opportunity to do doctoral work with SEBTS, evangelism and missions projects, and various levels of consultation and assessment. Each partnership includes a prayer covenant as well. Here in North America, Dr. Ewart oversees similar partnerships with urban church planters in cities such as Atlanta, Boston, New York, and Toronto.
Finally, Dr. Ewart oversees the multiple initiatives associated with the CGCS. His oversight includes the MDiv International Church planting (a missions degree which includes both an on-campus component and a two-year missionary field service component), various North American church planting initiatives, and student/faculty short-term missions mobilization. In addition, Dr. Ewart’s office directs and administrates SEBTS’ distance learning initiatives and its EQUIP supervised field ministry partnerships with local churches and parachurch organizations.