JACKSON, Tenn. – Aug. 5, 2008– C. Richard Wells has been named dean of the chapel and professor of Christian studies at Union University.
Wells has served as senior pastor of South Canyon Baptist Church in Rapid City, S.D., since 2003. Prior to that he was president of Criswell College from 1997-2003, and he previously served Criswell as professor of pastoral theology and dean of students. Wells also taught preaching at Beeson Divinity School at Samford University for many years.
“I am thrilled that Richard Wells has been led to join the Union University community,” Union President David S. Dockery said. “His impressive academic credentials and vast ministry experience seem to be, in God’s good providence, the perfect combination for this key role.”
As dean of the chapel, Wells will serve as pastor of the entire Union University community – students, faculty and staff. He will have oversight of the Union chapel, including all aspects of worship, service and mission.
In addition to his responsibility for the work of campus ministries, Wells will work closely with all campus leaders and administrators to help the university fulfill its Christ-centered mission, Dockery said.
Wells has served churches in Texas, Alabama and Florida, in addition to his current position in South Dakota. He has one Doctor of Philosophy degree from Baylor University and a second doctorate from North Texas University.
He holds master’s degrees from Stetson University and Criswell College, and a bachelor’s degree from Florida Southern College.
The co-author of “Inspired Preaching,” has also written almost 50 articles or chapters for such publications as The Baker Dictionary of the Cults, The Popular Encyclopedia of Apologetics, “Interpreting the New Testament,” “The Challenge of Postmodernism” and others.
He has served as a visiting professor at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C., and the Alliance Graduate School in Manila, Philippines.
Wells and his wife Carol have three adult children and five grandchildren. He will begin his role at Union Aug. 15.