Dr. Kenneth Mahanes, special advisor to the president of Palm Beach Atlantic University, will be the featured speaker at Palm Beach Atlantic’s fall commencement ceremony at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. The event is open to graduates and guests who hold tickets.
More than 250 candidates for associate, bachelor's, master's and professional degrees from both the West Palm Beach and Orlando campuses will participate in the ceremony.
Dr. Mahanes is pastor of Lost Tree Chapel in North Palm Beach. He is active in the West Palm Beach community speaking, lecturing and preaching.
From 1998 until 2005, he served at Palm Beach Atlantic as both the vice president for religious life and the dean of the School of Ministry until devoting himself solely to the vice president role in 2005. Dr. Mahanes also served as the University’s interim president during the transition between former presidents Dr. Paul R. Corts and Dr. David W. Clark.
Prior to coming to Palm Beach Atlantic University in 1998, Dr. Mahanes served as a pastor for more than 30 years. Nearly 20 of those years he served as pastor of Far Hills Baptist Church in Dayton, Ohio, the largest Southern Baptist church in Ohio.
Dr. Mahanes was president of the State Convention of Baptists in Ohio for two terms and a member of the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention for 10 years.
During his pastorship at Far Hills Baptist Church, he initiated the development of 11 support groups and was a member of numerous community service committees, including the Dayton-Montgomery County Hunger Policy Board, the Dayton Black/White Ministers Task Force, the Refugee Resettlement Committee and the Centerville/Washington Township Clergy Association.
In addition, he served on the board of directors of Youth for Christ-Dayton and on the Executive Committee of the Miami (Ohio) Valley Crusade for Christ.
Articles by Dr. Mahanes have been published in four state religious news journals and Deacon magazine. He also contributed a chapter in the book Southern Baptist Preaching Today, published by Broadman Holman.
Dr. Mahanes earned a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown College in Georgetown, Ky., and master’s and doctoral degrees from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky.