September 1, 2014
Jeff Iorg elected as president of Golden Gate Seminary
Transition in the West
Gary Black (left), chairman of Golden Gate Seminary’s trustees, stands beside Jeff Iorg (center), the seminary’s new president, and Bill Crews, retired president and current chancellor, as Southern Baptists’ outpost in the West preps for a smooth leadership transition.  courtesy of GGBTS.
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Posted on Apr 27, 2004 | by Jeff Jones

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MILL VALLEY, Calif. (BP)--Trustees of Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary elected Jeff Iorg as the seminary's seventh president at the beginning of their April 26-27 meeting at the Northern California campus.

Iorg will assume his new position Aug. 1, succeeding William O. Crews, who retired after leading the seminary from 1986-2003.

“Now it is time to move forward together," Iorg told trustees. "You have agreed with God, and we have agreed together with God that I am to be your president. How humbling and exciting, all at the same time."

The election, on a 30-3 vote by trustees, was the result of an extensive search process that started at the board's October 2003 meeting. The 10-member search committee, made up of trustees, nominated Iorg to the full trustee board in March.

"Dr. Iorg is just the right person for this key leadership position," said Crews, who is now serving as the seminary's chancellor. "His superb leadership at the Northwest Baptist Convention and experience at the local church along with his teaching experience uniquely qualifies him to lead this seminary."

Iorg has served as executive director-treasurer of the Northwest Baptist Convention since 1995. He was the founding pastor of Greater Gresham Baptist Church in Gresham, Ore., and also has served as pastor of a church in Missouri and as a staff pastor in Texas. Since 1990, he has taught as an adjunct preaching, evangelism and leadership instructor at the seminary's Pacific Northwest Campus.

Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary is a Cooperative Program ministry of the Southern Baptist Convention and operates five campuses in Northern California, Southern California, the Pacific Northwest, Arizona and Colorado.

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