Around the State: Busy summer for ETBU Rec Teams; MasterChef contestant at Lipan food pantry benefit

East Texas Baptist University Rec Teams served more than 8,500 junior high and high school students at summer camps in several states. (ETBU Photo)

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Three six-member East Texas Baptist University Rec Teams served more than 8,500 junior high and high school students at summer camps in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Colorado. Each team served eight weeks. The ETBU Rec Teams primarily are responsible for leading games and overseeing tournaments at encampments, but team members also served as Bible study leaders, small-group leaders and prayer partners. The teams focused on communicating to the campers that service and leadership are about selflessness and flexibility.

Mike Newton, a rancher in Lipan and contestant on the MasterChef television program, will prepare chicken-fried steak and side dishes for everyone who attends a benefit dinner, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Aug. 12, at First Baptist Church in Lipan. All proceeds from the event will go toward the church’s food pantry, which serves about 400 people each week. Cost of admission is donated canned goods or a financial contribution of any amount for the food pantry. Don McCaig is pastor.

CLC Unity 250The Texas Baptist Christian Life Commission will sponsor a “One: Unity not Uniformity” event focused on racial reconciliation, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Aug. 26, at First Baptist Church in Grand Prairie. Latasha Morrison, founder of Be the Bridge to Racial Unity, is keynote speaker at the event, designed to equip church leaders and laity to engage in racial reconciliation in their communities. Participants will gain insights into racial reconciliation as a gospel issue, learn the importance of forming and maintaining cross-racial relationships, and obtain practical tips for engaging in the work of racial reconciliation. Cost is $10, which includes lunch. For more information or to register, click here

Sue Mayborn 200Sue Mayborn The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor’s new performing arts center will be named for Sue and Frank Mayborn in recognition of the Central Texas couple’s contributions and longtime commitment to the university. The Sue and Frank Mayborn Performing Arts Center is a 40,725-square-foot building that features a 525-seat performance hall and multifunctional rooms that will allow it to be used as a teaching facility through the school year as well as a venue for musical and theatrical presentations. The building will be formally dedicated at an Oct. 13 ribbon-cutting ceremony. The campus center at UMHB already bears the Mayborns’ name. Sue Mayborn established the Frank W. Mayborn Chair of Arts and Sciences at UMH in 1988 after the death of her husband, Frank, the year before. She served on the university’s board of trustees from 2008 to 2016.

Warren Symposium 250Mark and Freada Warren worked with Wayland Baptist University to find an appropriate way to honor the memory of their son Clay, an avid music-lover and member of the Plainview High School choir, who was killed in a car wreck Sept. 21, 2002. The Warrens provided funds to establish the Clay R. Warren Memorial Music Symposium. Developed in consultation with Ann Stutes, dean of Wayland’s School of Music, the symposium will bring world-renowned artists to the Plainview campus to work with music students. The inaugural symposium, Oct. 23-24, features Craig Jessop, dean of the Caine College of Arts at Utah State University. Jessop is former director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and founding director of the American Festival Chorus and Orchestra. Jessop will spend two days working with Wayland choirs, local and area high school choirs and the Lubbock Christian University choir. The symposium will conclude with a concert featuring the Wayland choirs with Jessop conducting.

Rolando Aguirre, president of the Hispanic Baptist Convention of Texas and pastor for Spanish-speaking ministries at Calvary Baptist Church in McAllen, is the keynote speaker at the Rudy Sanchez Conference on Preaching, Teaching and Leadership, Sept. 29-30 at Baptist University of the Américas in San Antonio. Isaac Ortiz will lead worship, and Tom Revilla is the featured singer. Registration cost is $25 before Sept. 15 and $35 thereafter. For more information, call (210) 924-4338, ext. 342, or click here.

DBU Samuel Chang 300Dallas Baptist University President Adam Wright (left) and Chancellor Gary Cook (right) congratulate Samuel K.C. Chang, president of Chung Yuan Christian University, who was awarded an honorary doctor of divinity degree at DBU. (DBU Photo / Ryan Chrisman)At its summer commencement ceremony, Dallas Baptist University awarded Samuel K.C. Chang, president of Chung Yuan Christian University, an honorary doctor of divinity degree. Chang served in a variety of positions—professor of business administration, dean of the College of Business and director of the Center of General Education—at Chung Yuan Christian University before becoming its president. The university was named the top service-learning campus among all universities and colleges in Taiwan in 2014.  The school offers 38 post-graduate programs and 13 doctoral programs, with more than 120,000 alumni serving around the world. David Cook, assistant to the president for legal and external affairs and assistant professor of leadership at DBU, was keynote speaker at the Aug. 4 commencement service, where DBU awarded 224 degrees.

ETBU Home Plate 300ETBU PhotoEast Texas Baptist University has launched the Domus Victorium–Solus Christus (Home for Champions–For Christ Alone) campaign to raise more than $2.1 million to build a 3,000-square-foot athletic clubhouse for the softball team and to upgrade Taylor Field. The new facility will include a locker room for 32 student-athletes, coaches’ offices and a lounge for team study, fellowship and discipleship. The improved Taylor Field will include an artificial turf field and a padded outfield wall for enhanced player safety. A Marshall family, who wish to remain anonymous, provided a $150,000 lead gift for the campaign and offered to match gifts from community members and friends of the university up to $150,000. For more information, click here


Bill Lindley, fifth, at First Baptist Church in Bayside, where he is pastor.

Jerry Sutton, fifth, at First Baptist Church in Dime Box, where he is pastor.

First Baptist Church in Paducah will celebrate its 125th anniversary Aug. 20. David Hardage, executive director of the Baptist General Convention of Texas, will preach in the morning worship service. A barbecue lunch will follow. After the meal, members and former members will be invited to share memories about the church in a testimony service. There is no cost for the meal, and guests are invited to attend. Reservations are not required but are appreciated. Call (806) 492-3266. David Williams is pastor.


Carlton Burris as pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church in Marshall, effective Aug. 27, after 35 years.

Allan Lane as pastor of Fort Graham Baptist Church in Whitney, effective Aug. 1, after 40 years. He began his service there when it still was a mission congregation.

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