Dr. C. Gregory DeLoach appointed dean of School of Theology

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Greg DeLoach

ATLANTA – Dr. C. Gregory DeLoach, who has served as interim dean of Mercer University’s James and Carolyn McAfee School of Theology since Aug. 1, 2018, has had the interim removed from his title, Provost Dr. D. Scott Davis announced today.

“Greg has demonstrated effective leadership for the School of Theology over the last 18-plus months as interim dean,” said Mercer Provost Dr. D. Scott Davis. “He fully understands, embraces and advances the School’s mission to prepare ministers who inspire the church and the world to imagine, discover and create God’s future. I look forward to continuing to work with Greg in his capacity as dean of McAfee School of Theology.”

Prior to being named interim dean in 2018, Dr. DeLoach served for 18 months as a development officer for the School of Theology and the College of Professional Advancement in the University Advancement Office.

“I believe in and support the work of McAfee School of Theology, a commitment I made when it was founded in 1996,” Dr. DeLoach said. “In this new role I am honored and privileged to work with outstanding students, dedicated staff and inspiring faculty, as we live more fully into our vision to change the world through learning, serving and leading.”

A native of Eatonton and a former member of the Mercer Board of Trustees, Dr. DeLoach pastored congregations throughout Georgia for nearly three decades, including in Mansfield, Chickamauga, Marietta and Augusta.

Following 10 years as senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Augusta, he became executive director of Developmental Disabilities Ministries, an Atlanta-based nonprofit, charitable corporation serving adults with developmental disabilities and their families through operation of 19 homes across Georgia.

Dr. DeLoach earned his undergraduate degree from Shorter College and holds a Master of Divinity degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Columbia Theological Seminary.

Dr. DeLoach and his wife, Amy, have two adult sons, Clark and Aaron, and a daughter-in-law, Erin, who is married to Aaron.

About the School of Theology

The Mercer University School of Theology, named for James and Carolyn McAfee, who provided the founding gift for the School, forms Christian leaders whose practice and scholarship, empowered by their passion for God and neighbor, change lives and transform communities. The School accomplishes this mission by: 1) integrating spirituality with service through: practicing spiritual disciplines that nurture us for Christian service; embracing ethnic, gender and theological diversity to enhance our spiritual growth and moral formation; creating opportunities to learn in community, experience transformation and risk action; 2) integrating theological inquiry with prophetic vision through interpreting the story of the Christian faith through sacred scriptures and traditions; connecting faith to global contexts in ways that engage personal, communal and political realities; critiquing the structures of our society from an informed prophetic voice; 3) integrating worship with witness through celebrating God’s presence in worship as the source of the Church’s call to community and global transformation; reading cultural contexts to create holistic strategies for ministry; proclaiming the love of God in Jesus Christ through dialogue and in partnership with others. For more information, visit theology.mercer.edu.

Kyle is the director of media relations at Mercer. In addition to being the primary media contact for most academic and administrative units of the university, he coordinates hometown and university news releases and serves as editor of the News@Mercer e-newsletter and Reach magazine.​