Following a national search, Baylor School has named Rev. Alex C. Gallimore as the school’s new chaplain.
Rev. Gallimore is replacing Rev. Dan Scott, who retires this year after serving as chaplain from 2004-2021 and as interim chaplain from 2003-2004.
“I am honored to serve as chaplain to a diverse community with a historic commitment to making a positive difference in the world,” said Rev. Gallimore.
Assistant Headmaster Shaw Wilson '84, who led the search committee, said, “Baylor’s faith statement reads, ‘We believe that faith is central to every person’s life and that the study of religion is an essential part of a complete education.’ To that end, Baylor’s chaplain must be able to work with a large and diverse school community and serve as the school’s primary spiritual guide. The chaplain develops the school’s chapel programming and contributes to the school in multiple areas, most notably as a classroom teacher."
“We were blessed to interview several highly qualified and compelling candidates for the Baylor chaplaincy," said Headmaster Scott Wilson '75. "Still, Alex rose to the top through this process. While he was not on our radar (and very likely we were not on his) several months ago, we believe our meeting was ‘ordained,’ and that he will be a perfect successor to Dan Scott."
Rev. Gallimore most recently served as senior pastor at Bayshore Baptist Church in Tampa, Fla. Prior to that he was senior pastor at Hester Baptist Church in Oxford, N.C., for five years and was the associate pastor and minister to youth at Piney Grove Baptist Church, Mount Airy, N.C.
“I have always sought to cultivate congregations where people felt safe to discover their truest selves and ask challenging questions of life and faith,” said Rev. Gallimore. “As I learned more about the role of chaplain, I saw myself bringing that same approach to chapel, the classroom, and everywhere the quest for learning, meaning, and service intersect. I’m excited to join the students, faculty, and friends of Baylor School as we walk that journey together.”
Rev. Gallimore earned his Master of Divinity degree from Wake Forest School of Divinity in 2012 and a Bachelor of Arts in religious studies from Georgia State University. He will receive his doctorate in ministry from the Boston University School of Theology later this year.
He will live on campus with his wife Allison, and their three sons, Abram, age five; Archie, two; and Allston, one.