Dr. R. Scott Pace has joined Oklahoma Baptist University's Joe L. Ingram School of Christian Service as Jewell and Joe L. Huitt assistant professor of applied ministry.
Pace has served for more than a decade as a student pastor, associate pastor of doctrine and, most recently, as teaching pastor and administrator at the First Baptist Church of Daytona Beach, Fla. Pace previously served as a corporate accountant and in the private sector as a business manager.
A native of North Carolina, Pace earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from North Carolina State University in 1997. He completed a master of divinity degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2002 and earned a Ph.D. degree in applied theology from the seminary in 2007. From 2003-05, he served as a teaching fellow for Dr. Bill Bennett, professor of preaching and chaplain at Southeastern seminary.
His international missions experience includes ministry, instruction and preaching in Malaysia, Kenya, Mexico, Jordan and Puerto Rico. He also has served as a worship speaker for World Changers mission projects through the North American Mission Board. He plans to continue serving local churches through speaking and discipleship capacities.
"Dr. Pace brings a strong combination of ministry and professional experience, along with a passion for preparing students," said OBU Provost Stan Norman. "We are delighted to have him join us in equipping future Christian leaders."
Pace and his wife, Dana, have two children, Gracelyn, age 6, and Tyler, age 3. Their third child is due in April.