Lay Institute Leadership
Ms. Caroline Buie
Lay Institute Director
BA Tulane University 1978
ThM Dallas Seminary 2010
Current Phd Student in Theological Studies
We have all heard the adage, “knowledge puffs up" (1 Cor 8:1). Many take this to mean that arrogance is often the result of any kind of higher education. However, this adage is only true when a person uses his knowledge to elevate himself above others. To me, knowledge opens doors to all sorts of worship of God. It’s like getting to know a friend more intimately. Faith that seeks understanding is the basis of knowing God better so that we will worship Him in all His fullness and in truth. The Dallas Seminary Lay Institute functions as the Dallas Seminary extension that provides affordable continuing education to the North Texas community. We seek to build faith through knowledge, interaction and discussion with classmates. Because the Lay Institute is taught by Dallas Seminary students who have completed at least two years of coursework, it is also a vehicle for our students to develop their teaching skills. Since January 2011, serving as the Lay Institute Coordinator has been such a privilege. I am in charge of instructor recruiting, training, and evaluation as well as managing and marketing the classes to the community. I think the Lay Institute offers fresh energy to orthodox truths by highlighting age-old maxims and long-forgotten knowledge. These classes will enrich your soul and motivate you to worship the Triune God in gratitude.
Dr. George Hillman Jr.
Chair of Educational Ministries and Leadership
Associate Professor of Educational Ministries and Leadership
Lay Institute Faculty Advisor
BS, Texas A&M University, 1990
MDiv, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1994
PhD, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2004
A Texas native, Dr. George Hillman Jr. grew up in Denton and currently resides just north of Dallas in Frisco with his wife Jana and daughter Katherine. He enjoys traveling, reading, outdoor sports, and football, and cheers on his alma mater Texas A&M along with the University of Georgia. Dr. Hillman, who can juggle, now does so as internship director and professor of Spiritual Formation and Leadership at DTS and as Lay Institute Faculty Advisor. He brings to the table ten years of ministry experience, including a local pastorate of spiritual development. Advising the Lay Institute is a natural extension of his passion for leadership development and discipleship as he strives for the Lay Institute “to continue to be one of the premier non-degree and non-accredited, personal faith enrichment institutes in the country.”