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Posted: 8/22/03

Around the State

The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship recently endorsed several chaplains who will serve in Texas, including Jeff Lancaster, Denison; Harrison Roper, Waco; Hazel Thomas, Fort Worth; and Pam Rains, Beaumont.

bluebull Alumni of the University of Miami, Florida International University and Miami-Dade Community College who participated in Baptist Student Ministries are asked to send contact information to or call (305) 667-1066 in preparation for a Nov. 15 reunion.


bluebull Recently appointed Texans by the North American Mission Board included Bobby and Tracy Anne Dean, who will serve in Colorado Springs, Colo., as church starters. He considers Simonton to be his hometown, and is a former youth minister at Parkway Hills Church in Plano and First Church in Columbus. The Deans have one son, Thomas.

Recently added to the Dallas Baptist University faculty were Charles Carona, assistant professor of education and director of the Master of Education program; Donovan Fredricksen, assistant professor of education; Melissa Newman, assistant professor of communication; and Layne Bradley, assistant professor of business and director of the Master of Business Administration program.

Ann Taylor of Rockwall will be campus minister at Harvard University.


bluebull Joe McCammon, fifth, as pastor of Wildwood Church in Mesquite, Aug. 1.

bluebull Jon Hollan, fifth, as minister of music and senior adults at Hampton Road Church in De-Soto, Aug. 17.

bluebull John Lockhart, 20th, as pastor of First Church in Richmond, Aug. 18.

bluebull Jimmy Arnold, 25th, as pastor of First Church in Woodsboro, Aug. 27.

bluebull College Hills Church in San Angelo, 50th, Aug. 30-31. The celebration will include special programs, music, visiting and food. For more information, call (325) 949-5788. Lakan Mariano is pastor.

bluebull First Church in Blossom, 130th, Aug. 31. Bobby Renfro will be the guest speaker, and the Lighthouse Quartet will perform. Roger Pugh is pastor.

bluebull Paul McBride, 20th, as pastor of Friendship Church in The Colony.

bluebull Tim Newton, fifth, as student ministry associate at First Church in Denton.

bluebull Ray Spradling, 15th, as minister of education at Calvary Church in Bryan.

bluebull Wayne Barrett, 10th, as associate pastor for music at First Church in Huntsville, Sept. 1. His wife, Sherri, also celebrates 10 years as pianist.

bluebull Preston Baker, 10th, as pastor of First Church in Shepherd, Sept. 26. The church rewarded Baker and his wife, Pam, with a trip to Hawaii.

bluebull Gateway Church in Whitehouse, 25th, Sept. 28. A luncheon and an afternoon service will be held. For more information, call (903) 839-7171. Ron Moore is pastor.

bluebull Purves Church in Dublin, 100th, October. The church is preparing a historical video and needs photographs of three former pastors–Jack Schnieder, Bill Tucker and William Noel. For more information, call (254) 445-2050.

bluebull First Church in Tahoka, 100th, Oct. 4-5. Festivities will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday with singing, coffee and cake. A catered meal will follow the morning service. Information on former staff members Eddie Howard, Sheldon Russell, Winfred Walker and Jim Patrick is being sought. For more information or to pass on information, write the church at P.O. Box 1547, Tahoka 79373 or e-mail


bluebull Bobby Owens, as pastor of Lake Whitney Church in Laguna Park.


bluebull Mary Ellan Davis, 85, July 29 in Waco. She was the wife of B.L. Davis, former pastor and director of missions for Amarillo Association. She was a member of Columbus Avenue Church in Waco. She is survived by her husband of 62 years; daughter, Dian Taylor; son, Mike Davis; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

bluebull Darrel Rains, 57, Aug. 1 in Cleburne. Rains was pastor of churches in Oklahoma, New Mexico and Texas 35 years, including Casa View Church in Dallas. He was preceded in death by his brother, George. He is survived by his wife, Suzanne; son, Nathan; daughter, Amy Wood; two grandchildren; and father and step-mother, Ray and Ethel Rains.

bluebull Dorothy Green, 82, Aug. 3 in Lubbock. She was the wife of retired pastor Lomer Green, who served in Louisiana, El Paso, Fort Hancock, Ashland, Big Spring, Kermit and Odessa. She is survived by her husband; brother, Joe Welzel; daughter, Beverly Vincent; sons, Fred and L.D.; and eight grandchildren.

bluebull Camille Swart, 73, Aug. 13 in Houston. An active member of Wildewood Church in Spring, she served in Woman's Missionary Union and as a Bible study leader and a deacon. She served on the Executive Board of the Baptist General Convention of Texas from 1993 until 1998. She also was involved with Union Association, Texas Baptists Committed and the Baptist World Alliance. She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Bill; sons, Bill, Ed and Sam; daughters, Ruth Burrows and Lela Kate Ogletree; 15 grandchildren; brother, Riley Conely; and sister, Ann Vernon.

bluebull Leonard Holloway, 80, Aug. 13 in Kerrville. An ordained minister, Holloway was a former president of the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and the University of Corpus Christi, and also served two terms as mayor of Kerrville. He also was vice president of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He was a member of Trinity Church in Kerrville. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Betty; daughters, Sha Cowan and Jamie Aven; and four grandchildren.

bluebull J.P. Ward Jr., 80, Aug. 16 in Granbury. He was a deacon at Acton Church in Granbury, where his son, Glenn, is pastor. He was a teacher and coach 34 years in Anson, Vega, Snyder and Birdville/Richland Hills. He is survived by his wife, Jamie; sons, Glenn, Benny and Ronald; and daughters, Donna Headstream and Victoria Norman; sister, Maydell Scott of Graham; brother, Donald Ward of Anson; and 12 grandchildren.


bluebull Prestonwood Church in Plano held the grand opening of the second part of the construction on the west side of the campus that covers 136,500 square feet Aug. 16-17. The new facilities include a 600-seat chapel; a cafe that will serve three meals a day and Starbucks coffee; a student ministry building that includes PlayStation games, a pool table and a large room for gatherings and concerts that features two IMAG screens; an expanded bookstore; a commons area with couches, cafe seating and video screens; a 150-foot tower of faith housing a prayer room; and a children's playroom. Jack Graham is pastor.

bluebull Brentwood Church in Houston commemorated 38 years of service to the community with a picnic and special services Aug. 17. Joe Ratliff is pastor.

bluebull Park Memorial Church in Houston will hold homecoming services Sept. 14. To make reservations for the covered dish luncheon, call (713) 923-2853. Ricky Fletcher is pastor.

bluebull First Church in Van will hold homecoming services Sept. 21. Mark Turman will be the guest speaker in the morning service, followed by lunch. A special music program will follow the meal. Michael Calhoun is pastor.


bluebull Robert Porter and Mike Sackmary to the ministry at First Church of Oak Hill in Austin.

bluebull Billy Bardin, Clay Jacobs and Paul Billiet to the ministry at Cowboy Heritage Church in Abilene.

bluebull George Tijerina, Carlos Benitez, Jose Luis Aginagua and Luis Alban to the ministry at First Church in Hallsville.


bluebull Zach Souter and Jeremy Johnston to the ministry at First Church in Merkel.

bluebull Tiffany Wright to the ministry at Wilshire Church in Dallas.

bluebull Greg Benesh, Alan Bowden, John Eaker, Ron Grusendorf and Phil Oliver as deacons at Columbus Avenue Church in Waco.


bluebull Braeburn Valley Church, Houston; Aug. 31-Sept. 3; *evangelist, Herman Cramer; *music, Bill and Vicky Murphy; pastor, Preston Dupré.

bluebull First Church, Liberty; Sept. 7-10; *evangelist, Michael Gott; *music, Scot Cameron; pastor, Jerry Johnson.

bluebull Cedar Grove Church, Greenville; Sept. 7-11; *evangelist, Wes Massey; *music, Don Thornton; pastor, Glenn Cook Jr.

*vocational evangelist


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