Around the State: 4×4 Evangelism

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The Baptist General Convention of Texas evangelism division will hold 4xFour evangelism clinics in Kingwood and Plainview. The four-hour clinics will begin at 10 a.m. To register for the May 9 clinic at Woodridge Baptist Church in Kingwood, click here. To register for the May 13 clinic at First Baptist Church in Plainview, click here .

Buckner Children and Family Services and Dillon International will present two free foster care and adoption information meetings this month at Buckner’s office, 5200 Buckner Blvd. in Dallas. On Monday, May 13, at 6 p.m., a Dillon representative will discuss adoption from China, Korea, Haiti, India, Hong Kong, Ghana and Colombia. A domestic adoption program for Texas families and adoption programs in Russia, Ethiopia and Honduras, available through an affiliation with Buckner, also will be discussed. For information or a reservation to attend the meeting, call (214) 319-3426 or email On Thursday, May 16, at 7 p.m., a Buckner representative will describe foster care and adoption options in Texas, including foster-to-adopt, Waiting Texas Children and domestic infant adoption programs. International adoption options, through Buckner’s affiliate Dillon International, also will be discussed.  For information or a reservation, call (214) 319-3425 or email

The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor College of Visual and Performing Arts will doug dillard130Doug Dillarddisplay samples of Doug Dillard’s Baptist Standard editorial cartoons as a part of the Dillard3 exhibit. The exhibit will begin with a reception May 16 and continue through June 26 at the Baugh Center for the Visual Arts gallery. The exhibit will feature the work of three Dillard cousins who shared a great-grandfather. Gene Dillard paints portraits and owns Rail Station Studios in Plano. He also often paints on site at a gallery in Salado. The third member of the artistic trio is Don Dillard, who works in watercolor.

Paul Redditt, professor emeritus at Georgetown College in Kentucky, will be the featured speaker for the B.H. Carroll Theological Institute’s spring colloquy May 20-22. He will lecture on the 12 minor prophets of the Old Testament. The sessions for the public will begin at 1:15 p.m. Monday and at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Sherilyn Emberton, provost and vice president for academic affairs at East Texas Baptist University, has been elected president of Huntington University in Indiana, effective June 1. She came to ETBU three years ago. She is a member of First Baptist Church in Hallsville.

Ashley Krueger, a music education major from Howe, received Howard Payne University Woman’s Club’s Yellow Rose Scholarship. The scholarship goes to a female sophomore who maintains at least a 3.0 grade-point average, participates in extracurricular activities and exhibits leadership qualities representative of Christian values. Also, Cynthia Clawson Courtney, a 1970 HPU graduate, received the club’s Yellow Rose Award. The Grammy and Dove award winner was recognized for her Christian example and her support of the university.

Dallas Baptist University held the 25th annual Decatur Baptist College Spring Reunion for alumni and friends. The class of 1963 was honored for its 50th anniversary, and the class of 1953 was honored for its 60th anniversary. Nell Bowles received the Decatur Honorary Alumna Award, and Joyce Sellars received the Decatur Distinguished Service Award.

Three Hardin-Simmons University faculty members achieved emeritus status, and several others received promotions. Named to emeritus status were Bill Tillman, professor of Christian ethics; Roger Russell, professor of psychology; and Murl Sickbert, professor and Smith Music librarian. Faculty receiving promotions include Jodie McGaughey, assistant professor of accounting; John Davis, associate professor of management; Chris Hollingsworth, associate professor of voice; Andrea Jensen, associate professor of biology; Kelvin Kelley, associate professor of theology; Steve Stogsdill, associate professor of communication; Mark Beasley, professor of history; Lori Copeland, professor of psychology; and Leta Tillman, professor of education.


Larry Blackmon, 20th, as pastor at First Baptist Church in Hearne.

Freddy Burden, fifth, as pastor of First Baptist Church in New Baden.

Wes Robertson, fifth, as youth minister at First Baptist Church in Howe, June 1.

Jason Thurston, fifth, as minister to students at First Baptist Church in Sherman, June 1.

Jason Young, fifth, as minister of students at Parkside Baptist Church in Denison, June 5.

Rusty Waller, 20th, as pastor of First Baptist Church in Gordonville, June 9.


First Baptist Church in Austin will hold a child-led service May 12 in honor of Mother’s Day. Children have planned and will lead all aspects of the service. Roger Paynter is pastor.


Clint Crawford, to the ministry, at First Baptist Church in New Braunfels. He is pastor of Hayden Baptist Church in Wills Point.

Jim Cockburn and Chip Lang as deacons at First Baptist Church in Ranger.

Vernon Ward as a deacon at First Baptist Church in Wimberley.

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