Doran C. McCarty, PhD

Title: Executive Director

Company: Seminary Extension

Location: Saint Augustine, Florida, United States

Doran C. McCarty, PhD., Executive Director at Seminary Extension, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in religious administration.

From a young age, Dr. McCarty always felt like this was the direction he should go to lead him to be a religious organization administrator. He has since dedicated 38 years of his life to the ministry, and is the recipient of a 1973 Life Service Award from the Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, as well as a 1987 William Jewell College Achievement Citation. Dr. McCarty served as the executive director of Seminary Extension in Nashville, Tennessee from 1988 to 1994, and since 2008 he has been a preaching minister with the Hammock Community Church in Palm Coast, Florida.

Dr. McCarty trained for theology at Southwest Baptist College and William Jewell College, going on to earn a BD and a PhD from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He started out as a pastor with the First Baptist Church and Susquehanna Baptist Church. In 1967, Dr. McCarty entered academia as a professor with the Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and in 1981 he joined the Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in California. He became executive director of Seminary Extension in 1988, and also served as a coordinator for the Northeastern Baptist School of Ministry in New York, New York from 1987 to 1994.

As a well read minister, Dr. McCarty has served as a consultant for Baptist Home Mission Board since 1981, and has held positions as associate dean and assistant minister. Notably, he served with the St. Augustine director doctorate program and director of the doctorate ministry program at Hong Kong Baptist Theological Seminary in 2007. He is also a prolific author of theological books, including “Rightly Dividing the Word,” “Teilhard de Chardin,” “The Supervision of Ministry Students,” The Supervision of Mission Personnel,” “The Inner Heart of Ministry,” “Working With People,” “Leading the Small Church,” “Supervision: Developing and Directing People on Mission,” “Making the Most of Your Time,” “Making the Most of Conflict,” “Making the Most of Change,” “Making the Most of Empowerment,” “Making the Most of Coping.” Additionally, Dr. McCarty has been a prolific editor and a member of the Association for Theological Field Education, the Institute of Theological Reflections, and Fellowship in Service Guidance Directors, which presented him with a 1988 Lewis Newman Award. He has four children with his first, late wife, Gloria Jean Laffoon, called Gaye, Rise, Marletta, and Leslie, and is now married to Catherine Hearne McCarty. To them, Dr. McCarty leaves this message: Always live with the character you grew up with.

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