Around the State: HPU students study in London

Students and faculty from Howard Payne University’s School of Education who recently traveled to London are (left to right) Jill Underwood, Katie Mann, Jeremy Bartley, Whitney Turnacliff, Allyson Gainey, Kensey Martinez, Mitzi Lehrer, Shelby Byrd, Paula Morelock, Casey Coffee and Jill Parson.

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Eight Howard Payne University education students traveled to London to learn about the British education system. The students spent a day observing a primary school classroom and compared teaching styles to U.S. practices. They also viewed many historical and educational sites in and around London.

Shoes for Orphan Souls, a humanitarian aid project of Buckner International celebrating its 15th year, is partnering with LifeWay Christian Stores in the Dallas-Fort Worth area to collect new shoes for the world’s orphans and vulnerable children. Throughout August. LifeWay stores in Arlington, Fort Worth, Flower Mound, Hurst, Mesquite and Plano will be shoe-collection centers. The greatest need is for leather or canvas athletic shoes, sizes Youth 1-Adult 7.

Bill Collins has been elected president of Paisano Baptist Encampment, located between Alpine and Marfa. He is the sixth president since Paisano’s founding in 1915. Collins is the Baptist collegiate ministry director at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, La. He has attended the Paisano encampment his entire life and remembers celebrating his fifth birthday on the grounds. Since 1997, he has brought a group of Baptist college students to the camp for tasks such as clearing debris, splitting firewood, painting and roofing cabins, constructing sidewalks and general cleaning.

High school students attended Dallas Baptist University’s ServantU camp July 20-25. The camp offers students an opportunity to take a deeper look at career goals and gain insight into how they might be able to serve on a local, national and international level, said Andrew Briscoe, DBU director of servant-learning. Based on their desired field of study, students choose to participate in one of five tracks, which are geared toward providing insight in the classroom and serving opportunities in the city. The five tracks were life influencers, for students pursuing ministry; artists of impact, for visual and music vocations; peacemakers, for medical professions; city builders, for business and public service; and equippers, for education. The students attended worship services each morning and participated in workshops led by DBU professors. Afternoons featured projects and educational tours across the city.


Hank Henry, 10th, as associate minister of missions at First Baptist Church in Midland, July 13.

Trinity Baptist Church in San Antonio, 65th, Aug. 24. The congregation also will celebrate the renovation of its sanctuary. Leslie Hollon is pastor.

Bald Hill Baptist Church in Lufkin, 100th, Aug. 24. A meal and anniversary service will follow the morning worship service. Roger Fancher is pastor.

Darin Wood, fifth as pastor of Central Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Aug. 24.


Floyd Williford has retired as pastor of Friendly Baptist Church in Tyler. He is available for supply or interim preaching at (903) 539-5966.


Benji Morrison to the ministry at Mount Carmel Baptist Church in Whitehouse, where he is minister to students.

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