Jason K. Allen
Born on Nov. 5, 1976, in Mobile, Ala., Jason K. Allen was raised in a Christian home, regularly attending the local Southern Baptist church with his parents. Under the preaching of Dr. Fred Wolfe, he was saved in August of 1995, and surrendered to God’s calling into the ministry in November of 1997. Allen attended Spring Hill College in Mobile, and received his Bachelor of Science in Political Science.
It was there that he began attending Bible studies, mission trips, serving the local church, leading prison and addiction ministries, and preaching at every opportunity. After leaving Spring Hill College, he then attended Southern Seminary, where he received both his Master of Divinity and Ph.D. degrees. During his master’s work, he received the Clyde T. Francisco Preaching Award.
While at Southern Seminary, Dr. Allen served as a member of Southern Seminary’s Executive Cabinet and executive assistant to the president beginning in January 2006. He joined the faculty in 2007, teaching courses in personal spiritual disciplines, pastoral ministry, leadership, and preaching. He became the vice president of Institutional Advancement in 2009, where he led an increase in the seminary’s endowment to record numbers. Dr. Allen served as the executive director of the Southern Seminary Foundation as well.
Dr. Allen was elected by the Midwestern Board of Trustees as the seminary’s fifth president on Oct. 15, 2012, becoming the youngest seminary president in the Southern Baptist Convention, and one of the youngest presidents in American higher education. He came with a renewed vision for the school, focusing its mission and vision on a seminary’s sacred calling to serve the local church.
In addition to his seminary duties, Dr. Allen has served as pastor and interim pastor of Southern Baptist churches in Alabama and Kentucky over the past 15 years. Currently, in addition to his responsibilities as president of Midwestern Seminary, he serves the church more broadly through writing and preaching ministries including his own website, jasonkallen.com, where he writes on various topics including higher education, theology, preaching, and cultural & local church issues.
Dr. Allen married Karen Brunson on June 26, 1999. Together they have five children: Anne-Marie (10), Caroline (9), William (7), Alden (5) and Elizabeth (4).
Jason Duesing serves as the academic Provost at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He comes after serving for more than a decade on the administrative leadership team and faculty at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. His various roles at SWBTS included assistant to the president, chief of staff in the office of the president, and most recently, vice president for strategic initiatives. Duesing also served as Southwestern Seminary’s acting provost during the 2011-12 academic year. In the classroom, he was assistant professor of Historical Theology.
Duesing earned his Ph.D. in Historical Theology and Baptist Studies from Southwestern Seminary in 2008. He also holds a M.Div. from Southeastern Seminary and a B.A. in Speech Communications from Texas A&M University in College Station. Duesing has been editor of Counted Worthy: The Life and Thought of Henry Jessey and Adoniram Judson: A Bicentennial Appreciation of the Pioneer American Missionary, and is author of the forthcoming book, Seven Summits in Church History. Additionally, he has contributed to several other volumes and has published scores of essays and articles.
In Southern Baptist denominational life, Duesing currently serves on the Southern Baptist Historical Library & Archives Advisory Board, on the Committee on Nominations for the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention, as a research fellow for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, and on the board of directors for the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. He is also a member of the Evangelical Theological Society.
Duesing is married to Kalee, and together they have four children: Gracyn, Ford, Lindsey, and George.
Robin D. Hadaway
Vice President for Institutional Initiatives
Hadaway has served in his role as professor of missions since October 2003, and was recently named to the Gary L. Taylor Chair of Missions. Previously, he and his wife, Kathy, served as missionaries with the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention for a total of 18 years. Hadaway served as a strategy coordinator, cluster leader and church planter in a closed country in North Africa and earlier as a church planter in Tanzania. More recently, Hadaway was the IMB Regional Leader for Eastern South America, supervising over 300 missionaries in Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay.
He was senior pastor for churches in California and Arizona and attained the rank of captain in the U.S. Air Force, stationed in Alaska and Nevada. Hadaway received a Master’s of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, a Doctor of Ministry from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in San Francisco, Calif., and a Doctor of Theology from the University of South Africa. He also attended Dallas Theological Seminary and Fuller Theological Seminary. His undergraduate degree is from Memphis State University.
Hadaway is a native of Tallahassee, Fla., and together with Kathy, they have three grown children.
Rodney A. Harrison
Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness
He comes to Midwestern following a fruitful ministry in church planting and mission service in California, the Dakotas and Minnesota. Prior to coming to Midwestern, he served as the New Church Extension Associate for the California Southern Baptist Convention. Harrison is the author of two books on church planting and has written material for LifeWay Christian Resources and the North American Mission Board.
Harrison holds a D.Min. in Mission Administration from Golden Gate Seminary and has done post-doctoral studies at Oxford University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Harrison and his wife, Julie, have 3 grown children, Joshua, Cassandra and Gabrielle.
Thorvald B. Madsen II
VP for Academic Affairs, Dean of Faculty, Professor of New Testament, Ethics and Philosophy
Dr. Thor Madsen has been at MBTS since 1999 and is currently Dean of Midwestern Seminary and professor of New Testament, ethics and philosophy. He also serves presently as Interim Vice-President for Academic Development/Dean of the Faculty, the position which he held at MBTS from 2003 to 2009.
Dr. Madsen graduated from Wheaton College with the Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in philosophy. Following his studies at Wheaton, he went to Western Kentucky University for his Master of Arts degree, during which time he was also the graduate assistant for Dr. Ronald Nash. Upon graduation from WKU, Dr. Madsen spent a year in the doctoral program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. With this foundation, he enrolled in the Master of Divinity program at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and followed this degree with doctoral study at the University of Aberdeen, from which he graduated with a Ph.D. in 1998. His research at Aberdeen concentrated on the Jewish background of Paul’s moral teaching, specifically the ‘gift and task’ structure of biblical exhortation.
His articles have appears in journals, dictionaries, online resources, and anthologies. Dr. Madsen is an avid motorcyclist, alpine skier, and shooting sports enthusiast. He is married to Li and has two sons, Paul and Timothy.
Charles W. Smith, Jr.
Vice President for Institutional Relations
Previously, he was the Director of Development and Alumni Relations at Southern Seminary from 2009-2012, where he led development efforts, the Alumni Relations Department, worked with Southern’s Board of Trustees & Foundation Board and developed comprehensive strategies to support the organization.
Mr. Smith oversees the Midwestern’s offices of Admissions, Institutional Advancement, Communications, Campus Culture and Events, and Center for Church Planting and Partnering.
He earned a Business Administration degree from Mississippi College in 2007, and a Master’s of Divinity from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2011, and plans to begin doctoral work with an emphasis in leadership soon.
In addition to his seminary responsibilities, Mr. Smith served in varying ministry positions at churches in Alabama, Mississippi and Kentucky.
He and his wife, Ashley, have two daughters, Ellie and Annie.
John Mark Yeats
Dean, Midwestern Baptist College
Dr. John Mark Yeats serves as the undergraduate dean for Midwestern Baptist College. Yeats earned his Ph.D. in Church History from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He also holds degrees from Southern Seminary, Oxford University, and Criswell College.
Yeats has authored three books, Franchising McChurch: Feeding our Obsession with Easy Christianity; The Time is Come: The Rise of British Missions to the Jews, 1808-1818; and Worldviews: Think for Yourself about How We See God. He has also contributed articles to multiple journals as well as the Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization.
Yeats is married to Angie, and they have four children, Briley, Sean, Cadie, and Jackson.