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former pastor of churches in Louisiana and North Carolina; and Dr.
Arthur S. Gillespie, Jr., who was living in Wake Forest while on leave
as a missionary to China.
In 1945 President Kitchin reported to the Baptist State Convention
that forty-three young women were taking courses leading to the
religious education major. There were also sixty-two ministerial
students on the college rolls that year.
Early in 1946, partly in response to several years of convention
pressure for an upgrading of theological training at Wake Forest, the
college announced that the name of the Department of Religion would
be changed to the School of Religion with Dr. Sankey L. Blanton, a
Wilmington minister, as dean. Blanton, an alumnus of both Wake
Forest and the Southern Baptist Seminary, had done graduate work at
Andover-Newton Theological School, Harvard, and Yale. Before
going to the First Church in Wilmington he had been pastor of
Calvary Baptist Church in New Haven, Connecticut. A year before
his appointment as dean, Blanton had received an honorary Doctor of
Divinity degree from Wake Forest. His citation said that he had "a
realistic conception of the need of applying the gospel of Christ in the
world of social relations."
New courses in religion were added, and the curriculum of the
School of Religion was grouped under several headings: Old Tes-
tament Studies, New Testament Studies, Church Administration,
Religious Education, Christian Sociology, and Historical Studies. To
manage this course load several new teaching appointments were
made. These included Dr. Owen F. Herring, who had been pastor of
the Watts Street Baptist Church in Durham; Rev. Marc H. Lovelace, a
doctoral candidate at Southern Baptist Seminary; Rev. Garland A.
Hendricks, pastor of Olive Baptist Church near Apex, who would
teach one day each week; and Rev. Fon H. Schofield, Jr., a specialist
in radio and visual aids who was to share his time with the Baptist
State Convention.
Dean Blanton never really settled down at Wake Forest. He did not
seem comfortable as a member of the faculty, and he never was able
to establish a congenial rapport with the students. He resigned on
November 18, 1949, to become president of Crozer Theological
Seminary in Chester, Pennsylvania, the following January. Dr. Easley
was named acting dean of the School of Religion.
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