The Baptist Home Board of Trustees voted unanimously to confirm Dr. Rodney Harrison as The Baptist Home’s next president, making him only the seventh president in The Home’s 107-year history. Harrison began serving as the transitional president for The Home late last December in preparation for former President Steven Jones’ retirement in January. The vote was made by the trustees during the April 3 board meeting, held online due to the COVID-19 crisis, according to a press release. Harrison has been a professor for 17 years at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in
Kansas City, and currently serves as Dean of Academic Strategy. In addition, he has an extensive background in healthcare and healthcare administration which began in 1983 when he became a registered nurse. Harrison studied at Dallas Baptist University, obtaining his Bachelor of Arts degree in Health Care Administration and worked on a Master of Divinity in Biblical Languages at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
In 1995, he completed his Master of Arts in Christian Education from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary and then a Doctor of Ministry degree at Gateway Baptist Seminary, while his wife, Julie, commenced studies on a Master of Arts in Biblical Archaeology, which was completed at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
In addition, to authoring numerous published books, articles and papers, he has served for 10 years as a consultant, mentor and coach for several academic institutions across the country, including Hannibal-LaGrange University and Missouri Baptist University.
Harrison said “he could not have envisioned how God would use healthcare training from 40 years ago as a platform for this privilege and stewardship.” He admitted that initially he had no aspiration to pursue the president’s position at the home. However, after only a few weeks as transitional president, he fell in love with the people at each of the four campuses, and stated it was then he began to feel God tugging at his heart. He said, “I feel called to serve at The Baptist Home and believe God has brought me back full circle.”
According to the press release, the Harrison’s live on a small farm near Holt, in a log home they lovingly restored. He enjoys hunting, fishing, history and motorcycles. They are members of First Baptist Church-Kearney and have three children and nine grandchildren who continue to live nearby.