Acadia Divinity College is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Melody Maxwell, Associate Professor of Church History, as the new Director of the Acadia Centre for Baptist and Anabaptist Studies (ACBAS), effective May 2, 2019.
ACBAS was established in April 1991 by Acadia Divinity College, in partnership with the Vaughan Memorial Library of Acadia University, to encourage and facilitate studies in the fields of Baptist and Anabaptist history and thought. The Centre hosts lectures for students, faculty, and members of the local community, including the George Rawlyk Memorial Lecture scheduled for March 31, 2020.
Dr. Maxwell brings a wealth of expertise to this role. Prior to joining Acadia in August 2018, she was the Assistant Professor of Christian Studies at Howard Payne University (2013-2018), the Director of the Great Commission Center at East Texas Baptist University (2012-2013), and an Adjunct Professor at Samford University (2011-2012). Her passion for Baptist history extends beyond the classroom to her involvement in the wider Baptist family, having served as President of the Fellowship of Baptist Historians and on the boards of the North American Baptist Fellowship, and Texas Baptist Women in Ministry. Currently, she is a member of the Heritage and Identity Commission and the Mission Commission with the Baptist World Alliance (BWA), and Treasurer of the Baptist History and Heritage Society.
Having earned a PhD in Baptist and Anabaptist Studies from the International Baptist Theological Seminary in Prague, Dr. Maxwell is actively engaged in research and producing scholarly publications. Her specific interests are in the areas of Baptist history, religion and gender, global Baptists, world Christianity, Baptist missions, and women in ministry.
Dr. Maxwell is the fourth Director of the Centre, following the service of Dr. Jarold Zeman (1991-1996), Dr. Miriam Ross (1996-2006), and Dr. William Brackney (2009-2018).
Please join the President and Board of Trustees in welcoming Dr. Maxwell to this new role.