Around the State: ETBU students staff fall festivals

East Texas Baptist University freshmen Dustin Ritter, Jacob Carroll, and Andrew Glover demonstrate their basketball toss booth for students at an elementary school fall festival. (ETBU Photo)

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East Texas Baptist University’s Learning and Leading classes staffed fall festivals for Robert E. Lee Elementary School, J. H. Moore Elementary School and Travis Elementary School in Marshall Oct. 12. More than 400 ETBU students from 22 Learning and Leading sections served about 1,600 elementary students and their families by setting up booths for families to play games and win prizes. ETBU offers the Learning and Leading course to freshmen and transfer students during their first semester at the university. Each section meets in class for an hour once a week and participates in a service project during the semester.

First Woodway Baptist Church in Waco will sponsor a “meet and greet” breakfast with Abe Jaquez, president of Baptist University of the Américas, in conjunction with the Baptist General Convention of Texas annual meeting. The breakfast is scheduled at 7 a.m., Nov. 13, in the Texas Room South at the Waco Convention Center. A limited number of complimentary tickets are available. To order tickets, email or call (210) 298-3180.

Houston Baptist University’s Dunham Bible Museum will mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation with two lectures on “The Bible, Martin Luther and the Reformation” by Paul Maier, professor emeritus of history at Western Michigan University. The first lecture is scheduled at 6:30 p.m., Oct. 31, in the Belin Chapel of the Morris Cultural Arts Center and the second will follow that evening after a refreshment break. The event is free, but registration is requested. Email or call (281) 649-3287. The Dunham Bible Museum will be open before and after the lectures, and guests are invited to view a related exhibit, “God’s Word Endures Forever: Luther and the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation.”

“Sola Scriptura: A Bible Exhibition” will be on display in the Jarrett Library at East Texas Baptist University on weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Nov. 1. The display will feature the Coverdale Bible (1535), the Geneva Bible (1610) and the King James Authorized Version (1611). It also includes contained copies of the Foxe’s Book of Martyrs (1563), The Whole Works of W. Tyndall, Frith, and Barnes (1574), and The Church History of Britain by Thomas Fuller (1655). All of the items on display except the Geneva Bible, which is owned by ETBU, are on loan from the Lance Fenton Private Collection.

Buckner International named Jeff Gentry as senior vice president and chief financial officer at Buckner International, effective Oct. 30. Since 2014, Gentry has been chief operating officer and CFO at DePelchin Children’s Center in Houston. Previously, he served as the CFO for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in New York. He also worked with the Multiple Sclerosis Society’s South Central Region from 2010 to 2012 and prior to that, he worked with the Society’s Lone Star Chapter from 2006 to 2010, serving both regions as executive vice president and CFO. He succeeds Tony Lintelman, who is retiring after 24 years at Buckner. Lintelman will continue at Buckner as vice president of corporate administration through the next year during the transition period. Gentry holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Millsaps College and a Master of Arts in accounting with an emphasis in taxation from the University of Mississippi. He is a certified public accountant. He and his wife, Carmen, have a daughter, Erica.

Buckner Retirement Services named Aaron Hargett executive director of Baptist Retirement Community. Hargett has served Baptist Retirement since 2007, first as administrator of home health and hospice and then as director of independent living. As executive director, he will be responsible for overseeing the daily operations and future direction of the nonprofit senior living community in San Angelo. Hargett has nearly 30 years experience in medical and social services, including director of San Angelo’s Shannon Rehab Center. He earned both his bachelor’s degree in psychology and his master’s in clinical psychology from Angelo State University.

Baylor University named Meritorious Achievement Award recipients during a dinner prior to Baylor’s homecoming. Christian musician Kurt Kaiser of Waco received the Pro Ecclesia Medal of Service, presented to an individual whose broad contributions to Christian ministry have made a significant impact. David Garland of Waco, professor of Christian Scriptures at Truett Theological Seminary and former interim president of the university, received the Distinguished Achievement Award, presented to individual who has made a distinct contribution to a particular profession or vocation and brought honor to Baylor. Preston Dyer of Waco, helped develop Baylor’s social work program nearly 50 years ago, received the W.R. White Meritorious Service Award. Texas Supreme Court Justice Don R. Willett received the Pro Texana Medal of Service, Mark Adickes of Houston received the Medal of Service for Contributions to Medicine, Barbara Walker of Phoenix, Ariz., received the Medal of Service for Contributions to Christian Ministry, Ron Jones of Spicewood and John and L’Nell Starkey of Victoria received Baylor Legacy Awards, and Don and Ruth Buchholz of Dallas received the Baylor Founders Medal. Bill and Pat Carlton of Little Rock, Ark., were named Alumni of the Year and Aaron Graft of Dallas was named Young Alumnus of the Year.

R. Alan Culpepper, founding dean of the McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University, recently delivered the George Knight Lectures at Hardin-Simmons University’s Logsdon Seminary. Culpepper addressed themes from the Gospel of John, focusing on creation ethics, knowledge of God and prophetic vision.


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Cindy Hong to the gospel ministry by Willow Meadows Baptist Church in Houston.






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