April 17, 2000

Who was E.Y. Mullins?
___Though born in Mississippi, Edgar Young Mullins was raised in Texas, moving with his family to Corsicana when he was 8.
___Born in 1860, he graduated from the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas
(now Texas A&M) at the age of 19. A year later he was converted to Christianity and soon felt called to the ministry.
___He arrived at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., in 1881 and graduated in 1885.
___He served several churches as pastor: Harrodsburg Baptist Church in Harrodsburg, Ky.; Lee Street Baptist Church in Baltimore; and the Baptist church at Newton Center, Mass. Between pastorates, he served a brief time as associate secretary of the Southern Baptist Convention's Foreign Mission Board.
___Mullins returned to Southern Seminary as president in 1899, after the dismissal of William Whitsitt, who had been forced to resign because of his then-controversial view of Baptist origins.
___Mullins not only doubled the enrollment at the seminary but served as president of the SBC from 1921 to 1924 and as president of the Baptist World Alliance in 1928.
___He chaired the committee that in 1925 proposed the first Baptist Faith & Message doctrinal statement for Southern Baptists. He was the leading denominational figure of his day, serving on virtually every significant committee and wielding an influence that lasted beyond his 1928 death to impact most of the 20th century.

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