Around the State: Foster care and adoption meetings set

Sheldon and Precious Rice of Beaumont are foster parents of six children. Buckner Children and Family Services and Dillon International are conducting foster care and adoption information meetings. (Buckner Photo)

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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. A Dillon representative will give an overview of adoption from China, Korea, Haiti, India, Hong Kong, Ghana and Colombia on March 18, at 6 p.m. 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 March 21 at 7 p.m., a Buckner representative will give an overview of 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 to attend the meeting, call Sheree Scott at (214) 319-3425 or email

Heart of Texas Baptist Camp & Conference Center will hold Senior Adult Day April 23. Bobby Johnson will speak in the morning session, and Robert Cuellar will lead worship. After lunch, breakout sessions will include “Are You Alone or Lonely?” “Senior Adults on Mission,” “Medications and Your Health” and “Maintaining Your Temple.” A Gospel music concert presented by the group Fourtwelve will cap the day. Cost is $15 and includes lunch and the concert, and reservations are requested by April 16. Call (325) 784-5821 to make reservations, or click here.

Hardin-Simmons University has named Michael Daggs Jr., Daniel Munton and Emily Row Prevost as its outstanding alumni for 2013.

East Texas Baptist University appointed Tyler Sellers dean of students. He comes to ETBU from Howard Payne University, where he was associate dean and director of student activities.

Dallas Baptist University professor Norman Blackaby has released the 10th anniversary edition of Called and Accountable, which he wrote with his father, Henry Blackaby.

Baylor University’s board of regents elected Todd Still, professor of Christian Scriptures, faculty regent, and Taylor Hoogendoorn, a junior from Illinois, student regent. The faculty and student regent posts are one-year non-voting positions on the governing board.

Laura Echeverria, a case manager with Baptist Child and Family Services, has been named distinguished practitioner of the year by the Texas Healthy Start Alliance. The designation honors individuals who improve the health of women, children and their families. Echeverria works with BCFS’ Healthy Start program in Laredo.

Wayland Baptist University presented Vernon Stokes with the Legacy Leadership Award in conjunction with the High Plains Leadership Summit held there. Stokes, a trustee of Wayland and longtime educator in West Texas, was recognized for his 42-year career in education. The focus of this year’s summit was “Leading with Civility.”


First Baptist Church in Quanah, 125th, April 5-7. Activities will begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday with a welcome reception. Saturday’s events will kick off at 10 a.m. with a reunion fellowship. At 5 p.m., an anniversary dinner will be held in the family life center. To make reservations for this catered meal, call (940) 663-5331. A celebration service will follow in the sanctuary. Childcare will be provided for children 3 years old and younger, but advance notice is requested. Sunday will begin with a light breakfast at 8:30 a.m. A potluck lunch will follow the morning service. Joseph Jones is pastor.

Charles Easley, 25th, as pastor of Heights Baptist Church in Alvin, Feb. 17.

Buddy Sipe, 20th, as pastor of Cottonwood Baptist Church in Lorena.

Jim Manning, 20th, as pastor of First Baptist Church in Franklin.

Ed Lewis, 15th, as pastor of First Baptist Church in Golden, March 20.

Tim Rowell, 10th, as pastor of Flatonia Church in Flatonia.

David Burcham, fifth, as pastor of Harvest Acres Baptist Church in Mineola, March 2.

Jerry Watters, fifth as minister of music and education at First Baptist Church in Neches, March 10. He also will celebrate his 50th anniversary in ministry, which began in 1963 as a pianist and band director in the U.S. Navy.


Walter Evans, as pastor of Talty Baptist Church in Crandall, where he served more than 10 years. During his ministry there, the church quadrupled attendance, constructed two buildings and retired the debt. Evans served Dallas area churches from 1964 to 2000. He was pastor of seven churches, two of which he started.


A regional disaster relief durable medical equipment trailer will be dedicated 12:30 p.m. March 23 at Northeast Baptist Church in San Antonio. The trailer is the second medical disaster relief unit in the Southern Baptist Disaster Relief network and the only one with durable medical equipment such as wheelchairs, walkers and canes. Northeast Baptist Church received a $15,000 grant from Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio to purchase the 6-foot by 12-foot trailer to transport durable medical equipment to disaster relief areas. Skip Holman is regional disabilities disaster relief representative for Texas Baptist Men.

Southside Baptist Church in Bowie will hold a Bible conference March 24-27. Speakers will include Jimmy Draper, Josh Smith, Jordan Rogers, Steven Smith and Jeremy Rogers. Glowing Heart, a vocal ensemble from Dallas Baptist University, also will sing. Click here  for more information, or call (940) 872-2793. Tony Rogers is pastor.


Samuel Esquival as deacon at Fort Concho Baptist Mission in San Angelo.


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