WALNUT RIDGE – Kenneth "Ken" Gore, professor of religion and chair of the Christian ministries department at Williams Baptist College (WBC) and the Baptists
Ask columnist for the Arkansas Baptist News (ABN), is leaving the state to take a similar position
at Dallas Baptist University.
A native of Missouri, Gore, 53, has served at Williams Baptist for 19 years. His departure was announced at the April 7 WBC Board of Trustees meeting. He will remain at Williams through the end of May.
Gore, in remarks to the board provided to the ABN, said he is grateful for his many years with the college. He shared the following story upon his arrival:
“Soon after I came to Williams 19 years ago, an individual approached me at church, to welcome me to the area. Making conversation, she said, ‘Now, you graduated from Williams, didn’t you?’ I replied, ‘no.’ She then said, ‘Well, you’re from Arkansas.” I said, ‘no.’ She then said, ‘Then, why are you here?’
“My answer then, and my answer now, is exactly the same, ‘God brought me here.’ I knew of Williams through my seminary friend and former roommate Brett Cooper (vice president for institutional advancement), but I had never been on the campus until well into June of 1998. By then, I had been through enough conversations with Drs. Swaim, Startup, and Richards, to know that this was a unique, wonderful place, where I could excel as a young scholar. I did, and I have.”
Gore has a bachelor’s degree from Hannibal-La Grange College, as well as a master of divinity degree in biblical languages and Ph.D. from Southwestern
Baptist Theological Seminary.
Becky, Gore's wife, is an administrative assistant in the office of public relations at Williams.