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).
Vice President for Institutional Administration
He is the former director of Enterprise Systems and Technology for the City of Lenexa, Kansas. Over the past 20 years, Davey has led technology development, business planning, and analytics for the City of Lenexa, as well as at Sprint, and American General Financial Group. In his previous role, he won the Kansas City Business Journal’s Business Impact Award in 2012. He has been awarded seven U.S. patents in in the areas of Business Processes and Technology. Currently, he is on the council of IT Executives and serves as the chairman of the Regional Information Technology Managers’ Association of the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC).
Davey has also been a member of Lenexa Baptist Church since 2001 and was ordained as a deacon in 2007.
The Davey’s have been married for 21 years and their children are: Connor, 17; Parker, 13; and Abby, 9.
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
Interim VP for Academic Affairs, Dean of Faculty, Professor of New Testament, Ethics and Philosophy
Madsen serves as interim Vice President for Academic Affairs and professor of New Testament, ethics and philosophy of religion.
Madsen’s rich academic background prepares him for this uniquely varied faculty position. He was first a philosophy major at Wheaton College. From Wheaton, he went on to earn a Master of Arts in philosophy at Western Kentucky University and to spend a year in the doctoral program in philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. With that base, he sensed God’s leading into biblical studies, and he enrolled at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, where he earned a Master of Divinity. He then went to the University of Aberdeen, where he earned a Doctor of Philosophy in New Testament in 1998.
His dissertation explores the relationship between the fact of the new life in Christ and the obligation of Christians to rise to that reality.
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.