Mississippi College

Dr. Wayne VanHorn Promoted as Christian Studies Dean

April 23, 2008

A pastor, professor and dean, Wayne VanHorn wears at least three hats with distinction at Mississippi College.

Proving himself for more than a year on an interim basis, VanHorn was recently elevated to become dean of the School of Christian Studies & the Arts on the Clinton campus. He continues to chair the Department of Christian Studies and Philosophy.

"Serving as dean affords me a great opportunity to work with some very talented men and women," VanHorn said. "The God-giftedness of our faculty is evident and much appreciated."

As dean, VanHorn oversees a diverse MC school that stretches from the arts, music and communication to Christian Studies and philosophy.

He's served as pastor at First Baptist Church in Columbia from 1993 to 2005 and was president of the Mississippi Baptist Convention Board from 2001-2002. He and his wife, Terri, are the parents of three children: Erin is a 2004 MC graduate, Nathan is an MC senior and William is a Clinton High senior.

A Clinton resident, VanHorn received a bachelor's degree from Christopher Newport College of the College of William and Mary in Virginia. He received a master of divinity degree and doctor of theology at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary where he served on the faculty. He's also pastored churches in Louisiana and Alabama. VanHorn has written for publications including "The Baptist Record," and "The Theological Educator" of the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

VanHorn isn't the only MC administrator to recently shed his interim dean title. Dr. Gary Mayfield served as interim dean for more than a year before his promotion a few months ago to dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. Mayfield returned to Mississippi College from a post at Louisiana College where he is an alumnus. Mayfield is also the sociology chairman at Baptist-affiliated MC.

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