rns_sheilBy John D. Pierce

Executive Editor

Nurturing Faith Journal

Pastor William D. Shiell of First Baptist Church of Tallahassee, Fla., will become president of Northern Seminary in Lombard, Ill., March 1, according to a press release from the American Baptist-related seminary near Chicago.

“He has impressed me with his integrity, his peaceful nature, and his enthusiasm for the seminary’s mission,” said James Stellwagen, according to the release. Stellwagen chairs the Board of what was earlier known as Northern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Shiell, who holds a Ph.D. in New Testament from Baylor University, came to his current pastorate from the First Baptist Church of Knoxville, Tenn.

“Among the many things that draws me to Northern is its historic commitment to the full ordination of women and to the racial and ethnic diversity of the church,” said Shiell, according to the release.

Shiell will succeed Alistar Brown to become the 11th president of the seminary founded in 1913.

Bruce Gourley

About Bruce Gourley

Bruce Gourley is online editor. In addition to managing Baptist Today’s web presence, Bruce is the executive director of the Baptist History and Heritage Society (baptisthistory.org), general editor of the Baptist History & Heritage Journal, editor of the Baptist Studies Bulletin, creator and author of the "Baptists and the American Civil War Project" (civilwarbaptists.com), and author of seven books. Bruce is also an avid hiker, owns the Yellowstone Net website (yellowstone.net), and is an award-winning photographer (brucegourley.com). A graduate of Mercer University (B.A.), Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div.), and Auburn University (Ph.D.), he and his family live near Bozeman, Montana.