Dr. Paul Akin serves as Dean of the Billy Graham School of Missions, Evangelism, and Ministry at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Paul possesses a rare combination of missionary field experience, elder and pastoral experience, and missions recruiting and training in both local church and seminary context.
Paul has lived and worked among Muslims in Africa and the Middle East, trained missionaries, and served alongside missionary teams in more than 40 countries around the world. Over the last decade, Paul has helped mobilize and send scores of people to serve Christ among the nations and has been actively engaged with the persecuted church around the world.
Paul earned a PhD in Applied Theology from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, writing on missionary teams in global cities. Paul is married to Kari, father of four children, and lives in Louisville, Kentucky.