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Around the State: Wayland establishes Cook Scholarship

Members of Wayland Baptist University’s board of trustees recognized the family of Don and Lannie Cook, dedicating an endowed scholarship in their name during a luncheon at the trustees meeting. Family members Bridget Pierce and Sallie and Kevin Cook were on hand (see photo above).

Buckner Children and Family Services will present a free foster care and adoption information meeting May 15 at 7 p.m. at 5200 Buckner Boulevard in Dallas. Participants will receive an overview of foster care and adoption options in Texas, including foster-to-adopt, Waiting Texas Children and domestic infant adoption programs. For information or a reservation to attend, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

prayed4city400A prayer gathering for Greater Dallas will be held May 18 at 6 p.m. at Concord Church in Dallas. The previous prayer emphasis drew 600 Christians to intercede for the city. The church is located at 6808 Pastor Bailey Drive.

Robert Rapp has been named executive vice president for labor and employment law for Baptist Child & Family Services.

East Texas Baptist University conferred degrees upon 145 students during spring commencement ceremonies—127 bachelor’s degrees and 18 master’s degrees. Evangelist James Robison was the commencement speaker.

kyle walker130Kyle WalkerSouthwestern Baptist Theological Seminary has selected Kyle Walker to fill the newly created position of dean of students. He has served as director of the school’s admissions office since 2010, and he will continue in that role as well.

Harold Preston, senior vice president of finance at Hardin-Simmons University, has retired after more than 20 years at the school.

Wayland Baptist University trustees approved several faculty promotions. Robert Carpenter, Ben Craver, Debra Flournoy-Buford, Andrew Kasner, Brent Schlitternhart and Kelly Warren were promoted to the rank of professor, while Michael Dain, Karen Dempster, Steve Long, Clinton Lowin, Brent Lynn, Emilia Moore, Joe Vandiver and Gene Whitfill were named associate professors.

The Howard Payne University jazz ensemble received a superior rating at the 24th annual Temple Jazz Festival. Students named as outstanding soloists were Ryan Contreras, tenor saxophone; Joseph Dunlap, piano; Angel Hernandez, drums; Juan Hernandez, tenor saxophone; Bobby Martinez, bass; and Ethan Yeats, trumpet.

Dallas Baptist University honored state representative Phil King as its honorary alumnus and educator Janice Miller as distinguished alumnus at the 26th annual Decatur Baptist College spring reunion. DBU had its beginnings in Decatur before its move to Dallas.


Bob Campbell was named pastor emeritus of Westbury Baptist Church in Houston, May 4. He was pastor of the church from 1991 until his retirement in 2005. He remains a member of the church and teaches a Sunday school class.


Shannon Bond to the ministry at First Baptist Church in Bangs, where he was associate pastor, April 27. He now is pastor of First Baptist Church in Cherokee.

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