I had just begun was my first day of seminary - Dr. Akin’s Hermeneutics class at 8:00 am in Binkley 101. To say that I was nervous for my first class with the president of the school would be an understatement. Thankfully, Dr. Akin quickly calmed my fears, warmly greeting us students and making us all feel right at home. He even encouraged us to reach out to him and schedule a time to meet.
Coming from a large, state university, it was not every day that I had the opportunity to interact with the school’s president, let alone have an open invitation to sit down for a face-to-face. Both surprised and excited about Dr. Akin’s invitation, I jumped at the opportunity and emailed him. Sure enough within a few minutes, he personally responded and I was in his office a week later. He made the time for me. We talked about everything from church, preparing for marriage, to unfortunately his fondness for Georgia football :).
In all seriousness, this small act of kindness by Dr. Akin really exemplifies the kind of man and leader he is. I really believe that what separates Southeastern from other places is both the mission of the school and the quality of the people here. This all starts with Dr. Akin and his leadership. Southeastern is truly a Great Commission school that values people. And for this, I am truly grateful.
-Billy Vernon, M.Div, 2018
This month, we are honoring Dr. Akin’s 15 years of ministry and leadership at Southeastern Seminary. If you have a story about his impact on your life please feel free to share it with us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll post it to the blog. Additionally, in honor of Dr. Akin, we are asking alumni and current students to contribute $15 in his honor to the For the Mission campaign by clicking here.