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Wilkins and Hix added to Shorter College’s Religion Department


Stan Wilkins, director of missions for the Bartow Baptist Association, and Alan Hix, assistant professor of religion and associate dean for academic affairs at Louisiana College, will joined Shorter College’s Religion Department in the fall.

Wilkins will serve as assistant professor of religion and director of the Hugh F. Davis Center for Ministry Education. In addition to his service as a DOM, Wilkins served as acting director and associate dean for New Orleans Seminary’s North Georgia Campus in Decatur from 1992 to 1999. Since 2002 he has continued to serve the seminary as an adjunct faculty member.

Wilkins has also had extensive pastoral experience including ten years as pastor of New Salem Baptist Church in Kennesaw and six years as pastor of New Hope Baptist Church in Acworth.

A native of Acworth, Wilkins earned a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education from Berry College in 1977 and a Master of Ministry degree in ministry studies from the Southern Baptist Center for Biblical Studies in Marietta. In 1984 he earned a Doctor of Ministry in preaching from the Southern Baptist Center for Biblical Studies in Jacksonville, Fla.

Wilkins earned a second Master of Divinity degree from New Orleans Seminary in 1990 and a Doctor of Philosophy in preaching from the Sseminary in 2001.

Wilkins was licensed to the ministry in 1971 by Greers Chapel Baptist Church in Kennesaw and ordained to the ministry by that congregation in 1974. Wilkins is married to the former Gail Kimmons of Acworth. The couple have one daughter, Tamara Elizabeth, who is married to Michael Lankford.

Alan Hix will serve as assistant professor of religion and chair of the Department of Religion and Philosophy at the Georgia Baptist college in Rome. In addition to his present role at Louisiana College he has served as interim chair of the college’s Division of Religious Studies, as well as Director of Church Relations and Interim Dean for the college. He also served as Acting Director of the Central Louisiana Center for New Orleans Seminary, which operated on the Louisiana College campus.

Hix, a native of Rome, served as pastor of First Baptist Church of Dawsonville and West Hall Baptist Church in Oakwood. During this time he was an Adjunct Professor of Biblical Studies and Biblical Archaeology at the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary’s North Georgia and Central Louisiana campuses and an Adjunct Professor of Theology at Truett-McConnell College’s Watkinsville campus.

Hix earned his Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Shorter College in 1982 where he received the Sara Faust Award for Excellence in Religious Writing and participated in BSU revival teams. He earned a Master of Divinity degree with an emphasis in the area of Biblical Studies with languages from New Orleans Seminary in 1984 and completed his Doctor of Philosophy degree with a major in New Testament in 1990.

Hix was licensed to the ministry in 1980 by the First Baptist Church in Gainesville and ordained by that congregation in 1982. His wife, Kathy, holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Shorter College. They have one daughter, Kelly Noelle, who is 15.

Shorter President Harold Newman stated, “Both of these men are well prepared academically with doctorates from New Orleans Seminary. We are looking forward to the academic excellence and conservative scholarship they will bring to our campus.

They will also be wonderful ambassadors to our Georgia Baptist churches as a part of their responsibilities in the religion department.”