Around the State: New leaders at Logsdon; ETBU breaks ground for chapel and park

Hardin-Simmons University’s Logsdon Seminary named Wally Goodman (left) as director of the Doctor of Ministry degree program and Jeff Johnson as director of the Logsdon Seminary campus in San Antonio.

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Hardin-Simmons University’s Logsdon Seminary named Wally Goodman as director of the Doctor of Ministry degree program and Jeff Johnson as director of the Logsdon Seminary campus in San Antonio. Goodman was director of the San Antonio campus the past nine years. Previously, he was assistant professor of biblical studies and director of institutional effectiveness and quality enhancement at Baptist University of the Américas. Goodman earned his undergraduate degree from Louisiana Tech University, Master of Arts in Religious Education and Master of Divinity degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and his doctorate in religion from Baylor University. Johnson, a past president of the Baptist General Convention of Texas, most recently was part-time director of Logsdon’s Dallas-Fort Worth campus. He has more than 34 years combined pastoral ministry and theological education experience. He earned his undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University, his Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and his Doctor of Ministry degree from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Gene and Patsy Ponder (3rd and 2nd from right) of Marshall join other family and East Texas Baptist University representatives in breaking ground for the future site of the Chapel on the Hill and Kenny Ponder Park.

East Texas Baptist University faculty, staff, and trustees broke ground Aug. 30 at the future site of the Chapel on the Hill and Kenny Ponder Park. Gene and Patsy Ponder of Marshall, along with their children and grandchildren, donated initial funds to create a park in memory of their son Kenneth, who died in 2017. The family contributed additional funds to construct the Chapel on the Hill, overlooking the park, which is scheduled to be completed next summer.

Daniel “Tiny” Dominguez, pastor of Community Heights Church in Lubbock, was featured speaker at Howard Payne University’s Encounter Week fall revival services, Sept. 9-11. Katie Curry Kresge, an HPU alumna from Christ Church in Cedar Park, led worship.

Kelly Rossler and Ganesh Sankaranarayanan work with a nursing student from the Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing to demonstrate the immersive virtual reality based experiential learning simulator.

Baylor University’s Louise Herrington School of Nursing and Baylor Scott & White Research Institute recently received funding from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering of the National Institutes of Health. Co-leading the research study is Kelly Rossler, assistant professor and research fellow at the Louise Herrington School of Nursing, and Ganesh Sankaranarayanan, assistant director of the Center for Evidence Based Simulation, Academic Simulation Program at Baylor Scott & White Health. Rossler and Sankaranarayanan will develop an immersive virtual reality simulator and examine outcomes when registered nurses use the simulator for training in safe medication administration practices. This immersive virtual reality simulation-based education offers an environment where the learner can engage and interact actively within a realistic patient care setting in which medication errors can take place. Medication errors account for up to $46 million in daily loss to hospital operational budgets in the United States. Rossler and Sankaranarayanan will test the effectiveness of the simulator with practicing registered nurses at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas.

Aran Puddle, creative director at Hillsong International Leadership College in Sydney, Australia, led a night of worship at Dallas Baptist University.

Aran Puddle, creative director at Hillsong International Leadership College in Sydney, Australia, led a night of worship at Dallas Baptist University on Aug. 28. A partnership agreement allows students of Hillsong International Leadership College to transfer up to 78 credit hours to DBU. Qualifying students also are eligible to receive financial assistance through the HILC Scholarship and Christian Leadership Scholarship.

Randy Lewis, former senior vice president of Walgreens, addressed the Hardin-Simmons University convocation.

Randy Lewis, former senior vice president of Walgreens, delivered the keynote address at the Hardin-Simmons University convocation, marking the school’s 128th academic year. Lewis is the author of No Greatness Without Goodness. As the father of an autistic son, he became an advocate for creating an environment of equality for disabled employees to thrive in the workplace. At Walgreens, he created a distribution center where one-third of the employees are individuals with disabilities. Last year, it was the company’s most productive and cost-effective distribution center.

Anniversaries

175th for First Baptist Church in Huntsville. Jason Bay is pastor.

160th for First Baptist Church in Sulphur Springs. Jeff Gravens is pastor.


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