Around the State: Students swing hammers for Habitat

Volunteers watch as East Texas Baptist University student Ro Burns of Pittsburg nails down a shingle on a Habitat for Humanity home. (Photo by Mike Midkiff/ETBU)

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About 20 East Texas Baptist University students and faculty turned out on a Saturday morning Jan. 18 to help put shingles on a Habitat for Humanity project in Marshall. ETBU female students have helped with Habitat’s Marshall Area Woman Build program since November. The house, built for a single mother and her family, is scheduled for completion in March. 

Howard Payne University will hold a special chapel service Feb. 5 at 10 a.m. to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The African-American chapter of the HPU Alumni Association will plan and coordinate the event.

East Texas Baptist University will hold Shadow Days Feb. 20-21. Prospective students attend a basketball game, spend the night in a dorm, socialize with current students, visit with professors at breakfast and attend classes. Pre-registration and a $20 fee are required. Students who apply for admission during the event will have their $25 application fee waived. For more information or to register, click here

Wayland Baptist University’s School of Fine Arts will present the play “Circle, Mirror, Transformation” Feb. 27-March 1.

Filemon Ortiz Jr. and James Hassell have been named to the Hardin-Simmons University Board of Trustees. Ortiz is an attorney in Del Rio, and Hassell is pastor of First Baptist Church in San Angelo. Both are HSU graduates.


Mark Trammel, fifth, as pastor of Grace Point Baptist Church in Tyler, Feb. 27.

John Self, 35th, as pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in Cameron.

Tim Clayton, 15th, as pastor of First Baptist Church in Giddings.

Kenneth VanHorn, fifth, as pastor of Antioch Baptist Church in Bells, March 1.

Jason Norton, fifth, as pastor of King’s Trail Cowboy Church in Whitewright, March 8.


Bill Campbell, as pastor of First Baptist Church in Anton, Dec. 31. He was licensed to the ministry in 1971 at First Baptist Church in Leander, where he was music director. He served First Baptist Church in Jonestown as associate pastor and youth minister before being ordained in 1972, when he became pastor of First Baptist Church in May. He also was pastor of Belvue Baptist Church in Kermit and First Baptist Church in Gorman. He is available for supply and interims at (254) 259-2064.


Michael Coleman and Dipak Samuel as deacons at Belmont Baptist Church in Abilene, Jan. 12.

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