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balcony, and finally a new speaker system was installed. The results
were immediately noticeable at convocations, church services, con-
certs, and other chapel events.
In March 1964 Dr. Blackburn gave notice that he intended to resign
as pastor of the Wake Forest Baptist Church. As pastor he had been
associated with the college community for sixteen years. Upon his
resignation he left the ministry and became an administrator in a
federal poverty program. To succeed him the church called Rev.
Warren Carr, pastor of the Watts Street Baptist Church in Durham.
Carr had worked with Baptist students at Duke University for
eighteen years, and he felt immediately at home in a college
atmosphere. Known as something of a Maverick in North Carolina
Baptist circles, he also had a reputation as a thought provoking
pulpiteer. He said that Wake Forest was the only ministry for which
he would have left Watts Street, and in a congregation of questing
students and scholars he was an ideal spiritual leader.
In the year of Carr's arrival Dr. Tribble reported that in common
with a national trend the number of ministerial students attending
Wake Forest was declining. Compared with seven years earlier, Wake
Forest had experienced an 85 percent increase in enrollment but a 6o
percent decrease in the number of ministerial candidates in the student
body In the same period Baylor University had dropped 10 percent in
enrollment and 55 percent in ministerial students; Mercer University
had 59 percent more students but 79 percent fewer pastoral aspirants;
roughly similar statistics were reported by the University of
Richmond, Oklahoma Baptist University, and Carson-Newman
University At the time Tribble made his report, however, Wake Forest
had eighty-three graduates enrolled at the Southeastern Baptist
Theological Seminary, the largest number of any school represented.
All of North Carolina's tax supported colleges and universities had
sent only eighteen students to Southeastern.11
On a related subject, the Missionary Album published by the For-
eign Missions Board of the Southern Baptist Convention reported in
1965 that sixty-four graduates of Wake Forest were at work in
missions abroad. Of all the schools in the nation Wake Forest ranked
fifth in preparing students for such service. Duke had only nine
alumni serving as missionaries, and North Carolina's public colleges
and universities had prepared only twenty-four.
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