Dr. Delnay, Former Dean of Seminary, Passes Away
June 16, 2020
We are saddened by the loss of Dr. Robert Delnay, the founding Dean of Faith Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Delnay passed away Sunday, June 14, 2020, at 6:15 PM EDT. He was 93 years old.
Dr. Delnay came to Faith in 1984 and taught numerous courses in both the college and seminary, including Church History, Homiletics, English Bible, New Testament Greek, and Greek Exegesis. Faith Baptist Theological Seminary (FBTS) began in 1986 with a commitment to historic, Baptistic convictions, an emphasis on local church involvement, and a commitment to the development of godly character traits through classroom training. The photo at the top of this page was taken during a Faith Baptist Theological Seminary module in 2005.
“Dr. Delnay was one of the best teachers I ever had,” said Dr. Ken Rathbun, Vice President of Academic Services and Dean of the College at Faith. “His passion for the study and teaching of history has impacted me to this day. I owe a lot to him and his wife for their timely words of wisdom and examples of lives well-lived for God’s glory.”
Prior to his tenure at Faith, Dr. Delnay taught at Baptist Bible School of Theology, Denver Baptist Theological Seminary, Piedmont Bible College, Denver Baptist Bible College, Central Conservative Baptist Theological Seminary, Columbia Bible College, and as a substitute teacher in the Grand Rapids, Michigan public school system. He also served as a pastor in numerous churches and as a missionary to Haiti.
The family will not hold a memorial service, but will instead hold a private military committal.
Please be in prayer for Dr. Delnay’s wife, June. We have included her address below for those who would like to send her a card.
Mrs. June Delnay
54 Maranatha Blvd.
Sebring, FL 33870
“Dr. Delnay had a reputation for genuine piety and godliness. Each class would start with a song and prayer every day. He had a unique way of pushing his students for academic rigor and excellence. His teaching was colorful, full of metaphors, and catchphrases that have a way of sticking with the students.”
–Dr. Douglas Brown, Seminary Dean