Timothy George and Reverend Rick Locklear to Address Welch College Graduates


NASHVILLE, TN—Dr. Timothy George and Reverend Rick Locklear will address the Welch College class of 2013, according to President Matt Pinson. Timothy George, founding dean of and professor at Beeson Divinity School, will address the graduates at the 10:00 a.m. commencement service on Friday, May 10. Rick Locklear, pastor of Woodhaven Free Will Baptist Church (Michigan) will present the baccalaureate message Thursday evening, May 9.

George has served as the dean of Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama, since the school’s founding in 1988 and is actively involved in Evangelical higher education at large. As an ordained minister, he has served churches in Georgia, Massachusetts, Kentucky, and Alabama. He is an accomplished author, having written over 20 books, several of which are used as standard text books on Reformation theology, and is a regular contributor to scholarly journals. He also serves as senior editor at Christianity Today magazine.

Locklear has served the Woodhaven Free Will Baptist Church in Woodhaven, Michigan for over 28 years. An alumnus of Welch College, he answered the call to preach during his junior year. He is the long-time moderator of the Wolverine Association in Michigan and serves as a member of the board of directors of the Free Will Baptist Foundation.

President Matt Pinson said, “This is such an important occasion for the entire college family, and especially for the graduating seniors. Commencement week always brings us face-to-face with our mission as a college—to educate leaders to serve Christ, His Church, and His world through Biblical thought and life. We are grateful for the opportunity to have two such excellent speakers address the graduating class, and we hope that you will join us in this special time of celebration.”