SWBTS professor recognized in U.S. House for 33-year pastorate

WASHINGTON – Chris Osborne, who began serving as professor of preaching and pastoral ministry at The Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary earlier this month, was recognized in the U.S. House of Representatives on Jan. 10 for his 33 years of service as pastor of Central Baptist Church in Bryan-College Station, Texas.

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Congressman Bill Flores of the 17th District of Texas recognized Osborne before other members of Congress as “a pillar of the Bryan-College Station community.”

“For the past 33 years, Pastor Chris and his wife Peggy have been a source of light, encouragement, and joy for the entire Central Baptist Church community,” Flores said.

Adam W. Greenway, president of Southwestern Seminary, said he is “grateful to Rep. Flores for recognizing before his colleagues in Congress the life-changing ministry of Chris Osborne at Central Baptist Church. As a member of the congregation, Rep. Flores speaks with direct knowledge of

. Osborne’s influence for Christ. I’m so grateful that Dr. Osborne is now instilling in our students his many years of faithful service to the Lord, modeling faithful pastoral ministry.”

Osborne, who earned both his Master of Divinity and Ph.D. from Southwestern Seminary (in 1977 and 2019, respectively), began pastoring Central Baptist Church in 1986 and will officially conclude his service there on Jan. 26. He began serving on the faculty of Southwestern Seminary on Jan. 1, having been appointed last summer.

Central Baptist Church, Flores shared, was founded in 1925 as “a mission-minded ministry dedicated to sharing a passion for God’s Word.”

“Today,” Flores continued, “Central Baptist Church has become an integral part of the Bryan-College Station community, where a strong sense of discipleship has led to the creation of many outreach programs, children’s ministry events, and college ministry groups.

“Even as the church has grown, Central Baptist Church remains committed to the original mission-minded goals, and through the efforts of the congregation, thousands of people have found the joy, peace, and contentment that spring from a fulfilling and personal relationship with Jesus Christ.”

Under Osborne’s leadership, Flores said, the church has seen significant change and growth, as evidenced, for example, by the church’s relocation to its current 3,500-seat worship center. In addition, Osborne’s “commitment to outreach and involvement” in the Bryan-College Station community made him a great encouragement to his church members, Flores said.

“Pastor Chris’ dedication to service has not gone unnoticed, and hundreds of members of his congregation have experienced life-change from his encouraging and supportive approach,” Flores said.

A member of Central Baptist Church himself, Flores added that he and his wife Gina “have both grown in Christ because of the impact of the church under the leadership and friendship of Chris and Peggy.”

“Mr. Speaker,” Flores concluded, “I would like to recognize and thank both Chris and Peggy for their down-to-earth and positive leadership of this congregation, and for their impact in spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ. I have requested that the United States flag be flown over our nation’s Capitol to honor the lives and legacies of Chris and Peggy Osborne.”

Written by Baptist Press, the official news service of the Southern Baptist Convention.

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