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WAKE FOREST — The George Braswell Missions and World Religions Library on Sept. 12 was dedicated in honor of the George Braswell, emeritus professor of missions and world religion at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest.
Braswell and his wife, Joan, served as the first Southern Baptist missionaries to Iran from 1968-1974.
“We are so thankful that in God’s kindness, he brought you to Southeastern Seminary and you are a part of this family,” said Akin.
At a reception following chapel, Braswell cut the ceremonial ribbon to the newly dedicated library, where guests could view his collection of books and Iranian memorabilia.
The library, which is located in the Sam James Conference Room in the Lewis A. Drummond Center for Great Commission Studies, displays books and memorabilia highlighting Braswell’s service in Iran and deep study of Muslim peoples. The library is open to all students and is an extension of the main library, where students can check out books from the Sam James Conference Room.
Braswell, who began his first pastorate in 1962 at Cullowhee Baptist Church in Cullowhee, had a passion to see the 25 younger congregates in his church go to the nations.
Braswell advised students to listen to the wisdom of older people in the church and to remain a learner as they seek to follow God’s call.
Over the years, Braswell and his wife, Joan, have worked faithfully to reach the lost, and have trained others to do the same, serving and teaching throughout North Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia. Braswell has committed much of his life to researching the Muslim context, writing both his masters and doctoral theses on the subject. He has published 13 books and numerous articles on outreach to Muslims.
Braswell has won numerous awards from Southeastern, including the Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award in 1987 and a Distinguished Professorship by the Board of Trustees in 1998. Along with more than three decades of teaching at Southeastern, Dr. Braswell has served as senior professor of world religions at Campbell Divinity School in North Carolina since 2005.
Braswell has attained five degrees: a Bachelor of Arts from Wake Forest University, a Master of Divinity from Yale University Divinity School, an Master of Arts and a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina and a Doctor of Ministry from SEBTS.