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Monday, May 27th, 2024
the Week of Proper 3 / Ordinary 8
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B.H. Carroll

Benajah Harvey Carroll (1843-1914) was a prominent figure in Southern Baptist circles, renowned as a pastor, educator, and polemicist. Born in Mississippi, he pursued his formal education at Baylor University (then Waco University). The tumultuous era of the Civil War saw Carroll's service in the Texas Rangers and the Confederate army, instilling in him a sense of duty and resilience.

Following the war, Carroll embarked on a distinguished career within the Baptist community of Texas, serving various congregations, notably the First Baptist Church in Waco from 1871 to 1899. In 1899, he assumed the role of corresponding secretary for the Texas Baptist Education Commission, demonstrating his commitment to the advancement of education within his denomination.

A scholarly theologian, Carroll's influence extended to the realm of academia. Between 1872 and 1905, he imparted his theological wisdom as a professor at Baylor University, where he later orchestrated the establishment of Baylor Theological Seminary in 1905. This institution would evolve into the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, chartered in 1908 and relocated to Fort Worth in 1910. Carroll assumed the presidency of the seminary, a position he held until his passing in 1914.

Noteworthy for his eloquence and fervor in the pulpit, Carroll's preaching resonated widely, earning him acclaim as a captivating orator and a staunch advocate for Southern Baptist principles. His written works, comprising a staggering thirty-three volumes, attest to his prolificacy as an author. Carroll's writings encompassed a diverse array of topics, reflecting his broad intellectual interests and deep theological convictions.

Despite his lack of formal academic training, Carroll's erudition and dedication to scholarship were evident throughout his life's work. He remained a steadfast defender of Baptist doctrine and tradition, promoting evangelism and confronting theological deviations with unwavering resolve. Benajah Harvey Carroll's enduring legacy endures as a testament to his indelible contributions to Southern Baptist theology and education.

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