Around the State: HPU cheerleaders take honors

Howard Payne University’s cheerleaders were named national champions at the 2013 Christian Cheerleaders of America Cheer Nationals. Back row, from left: Coach Jeffri Foster, Kelsey Johnson, Rachel Moore, Whitney Presbaugh, Aly Castle, Brooke Belcher and Kelci Feist. Front row, from left:  Kris Lowrey, Rachel Runnels, Lawrence Martinez, Harli Benham, Dariann Reed and Mitchell Sostarich.

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Howard Payne University’s cheerleaders were named national champions in the small co-ed college division at the Christian Cheerleaders of America Cheer Nationals.

An Engage evangelism conference for northeast Texas will be held at First Baptist Church in Gilmer April 21. It will begin at 3:30 p.m. and conclude at 9 p.m. To register, click here.

Jim Tennison has joined the faculty of Dallas Baptist University as assistant professor of sport management. He previously served as mascot coordinator for the Dallas Mavericks, Texas Rangers and Colorado Rockies. He and his family are members of First Baptist Church in Euless.

Philip Jenkins, distinguished professor of history at Baylor University, was among the lecturers at the German Bishops’ Conference in Rome April 9-11. The conference focused on new religious movements that present challenges for the Roman Catholic Church. His address focused on why the new religious movements are so attractive and how Catholic congregations should react.

Macy Freeman, miss etbu pageant400East Texas Baptist University held its 57th Miss ETBU Pageant crowning junior nursing major, Macy Freeman of Midlothian (left), as Miss ETBU 2013. Carolyn Stevens, Miss ETBU 2012, helps Miss Freeman with her sash before she takes her runway walk as the new Miss ETBU. Miss Freeman, representing the Baptist Student Ministry (BSM), is the daughter of Danny and Gina Sutton. While attending ETBU, she is involved in BSM serving as a Charge Ministry Coordinator. Honors and awards received at ETBU include Dean’s List with honors for four semesters, Alpha Chi National College Honor Society, and American Southwest Conference Academic All-Conference team for the fall 2011 volleyball season. (PHOTO: ETBU/Ryan Perry)a junior nursing major from Midlothian, was crowned the 57th Miss East Texas Baptist University. She represented ETBU’s Baptist Student Ministry. Taylor Davis was first runner-up, and Kaytlin Norman was second runner-up. Shelbie Welk was named Miss Congeniality.

Four Hardin-Simmons University students presented papers at the 16th annual meeting of the C.S. Lewis and Inklings Society held at LeTourneau University in Longview. Students selected for the honor were Rachel Bales, Sarah Clower, Kayla Hastings and Ashley Simpson. HSU professor Larry Fink was elected president of the society.


Calvary Baptist Church in San Marcos, 60th, March 24. Dennis Spire is pastor.

Gary Cook, 25th, as president of Dallas Baptist University, April 6. During his tenure, the university has grown from 1,859 students in the fall of 1987 to 5,622 in the fall of 2012. DBU’s assets have grown from $27.7 million to $150 million, and the university has finished each fiscal year in the black for the last 24 years.  The campus has expanded from 200 acres to 292 acres. Twenty-two master’s degree programs have been added since 1988, while graduate enrollment has increased from 187 in the fall of 1987 to 2,109 in the fall of 2012.


Kokomo Baptist Church, Gorman; April 21-24; evangelist, Cameron Moore; pastor, James Hunter. East Cisco Baptist Church, Cisco; April 21-24; evangelist and singer, Jeff Gore; pastor, C.P. Floyd.


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