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Clergyman , educator

Gaines Stanley Dobbins, American clergyman, educator. Recipient Mullins award for Distinguished Denominational Service, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1966, Gaines Dobbins chair of church administration named in his honor, 1976; Distinguished Service award College Chaplains, Atlanta, 1972, others. Member American Academy Political and Social Science.


Dobbins, Gaines Stanley was born on July 29, 1886 in Langsdale, Mississippi, United States. Son of Charles Wesley and Letitia (Gaines) Dobbins.


Bachelor of Arts, Mississippi College, Clinton, 1908. Doctor of Theology, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky, 1914. Master of Arts, Columbia, 1925.

Doctor of Divinity, Mississippi College, 1918, Doctor of Laws, 1947.


Ordained Baptist ministry, 1913. Pastor Gloster, Mississippi, 1914-1915, New Albany, Mississippi, 1915-1916. Member editorial staff Southern Baptist Sunday School Board, 1916-1920.

Professor religious education and church administration, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1920-1956, treasurer, 1933-1942, acting president, 1950-1951, dean School Religious Education, 1953-1956. Distinguished professor church administration Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, Mill Valley, California, 1956-1966. Lecturer Samford U., Birmingham, Alabama, 1967.

Guest lecturer professor Ruschlikon Baptist Seminary, Zurich, Switzerland, Instituto Filadelfia, Rivili-Turin, Italy, Nigerian Baptist Theological Seminary, Ogbomosho, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Chairman commission Bible study and membership training Baptist World Alliance, 1955-1966.


Member American Academy Political and Social Science.


Married May Virginia Riley, December 1909. Children: Gaines Stanley, Riley Franklin, Charles Austin.

Charles Wesley Dobbins

Letitia (Gaines) Dobbins

May Virginia Riley

Gaines Stanley Dobbins

Riley Franklin Dobbins

Charles Austin Dobbins