GGBTS Welcomes New Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Dr. Ben Skaug was elected Vice President for Institutional Advancement by Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary trustees at their spring 2013 trustee meeting, held in Mill Valley, CA in April. He assumed his role in May.

“Dr. Skaug has a proven record of fundraising success in a seminary, a passion for impacting the world through theological education, and is well-suited for our multi-cultural ministry setting at Golden Gate Seminary,” said Dr. Jeff Iorg, Seminary president.

Skaug was formerly the Director of Development at Southern Seminary. Through his experiences there, he discovered his proclivity for fundraising and his bent toward educational administration. While at Southern, Skaug concluded that effective seminary leaders (professors or administrators) should be seasoned with field ministry experience before devoting themselves to lifelong seminary leadership.

To that end, Skaug has also served Southern Baptists as a pastor. He has been an associate and senior pastor in Colorado. He was also the founding pastor of Covenant Grace Baptist Church in Greenville, SC.

Skaug and his wife, Jodie, are both from Idaho. Ben is Native American (Chippewa). He and Jodie have one daughter, Jessica, (adopted from China). “As a multi-ethnic family, we are thrilled to work in a community of families with similar diversity,” said Skaug.

“We are delighted to add someone with Dr. Skaug’s competence and passion for seminary education to our staff,” said President Iorg. “We are also pleased to increase the diversity of our leadership team by adding a Native American as a Vice President.”