MC Welcomes Christian Studies Professor
January 12, 2009Burn Page is a Georgia native who grew up on a big cattle farm. Growing up, the Auburn University alumnus always wanted to be a veterinarian.
But at age 27, Page left a beef cattle research post he held at Auburn for four years when he surrendered to full-time preaching in the South. A pastor for decades at churches in Mississippi and Louisiana, he joined the Mississippi College faculty in early January as an associate professor of Christian Studies and Philosophy.
Page also serves as director of the Institute of Christian Leadership at the Baptist-affiliated university in Clinton. He comes to MC after 14 years as pastor at First Baptist Church in Baton Rouge following five years at First Baptist Church in Wiggins, MS. He first pastored Mt. Zion Baptist Church at Osyka in Pike County after graduation from seminary in 1983.
The 54-year-old Page will teach New Testament and Old Testament classes, among other duties. His teaching experience includes service as an adjunct professor at William Carey University on the Gulf Coast and the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary at its Baton Rouge extension.
Page, who received a doctorate from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 1991, has served on the Mississippi Baptist Convention Board.
"I always felt MBC was home," he said during a visit to Nelson Hall Friday. "I love Mississippi and I love the Mississippi Baptist Convention. I'm delighted to come home."
Page is a 1976 graduate of Auburn with a degree in animal science. He received his master's in divinity from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
Page and his wife, Annice Graham Page, who is working as a legal secretary, have been married for 32 years. They have two sons, Justin, 30, and Brandon, 27, and twin grandchildren.
"Burn's active involvement with the Mississippi Baptist Convention and having served as pastor of three churches in Mississippi make him a good fit for our department and school," said Wayne VanHorn, deaon of MC School of Christian Studies and the Arts.
Photo: Burn Page, associate professor of Christian Studies and Philosophy