Around the State: ETBU team back from Alaska

Around the State: ETBU team back from Alaska

Four East Texas Baptist University students traveled to Alaska in June to help lead a camp called "T3, Training Teens Today,” sponsored by the Alaska Baptist Convention.

Around the State: Camp Exalted set

Around the State: Camp Exalted set

Camp Exalted, a one-week spiritual enrichment experience for youth in grades 7-12 and college students, is going on July 21-25 at Alto Frio Baptist Encampment in Leakey.

Around the State: HPU students to Slovakia

Around the State: HPU students to Slovakia

A group of students from Howard Payne University travelled to Vazec, Slovakia, for a weeklong mission experience as a part of their international missions practicum course.

Around the State: African American conference set

Around the State: African American conference set

African American Fellowship Conference; Buckner foster care meeting; DBU doctor of education cohort; HPU professor publishes book; Anniversaries
Around the State: Boomer ministry conference set

Around the State: Boomer ministry conference set

Registration is open for the second annual National Boomer Ministry Conference in Dallas.

Around the State: Churches prepare for Harvest crusade

Around the State: Churches prepare for Harvest crusade

Information meetings concerning the Dallas Harvest crusade set for Oct. 5 at the American Airlines Center have been set.

Around the State: Super Summer camps begin

Around the State: Super Summer camps begin

Texas Super Summer, a leadership training experience for Christian young people with leadership qualities, kicked off June 9.

Around the State: TBM helps at DFW Memorial Day event

Around the State: TBM helps at DFW Memorial Day event

Thirty volunteers with the Texas Baptist Men Military Fellowship provided assistance at the DFW National Cemetery on Memorial Day. amy thibodeaux300Amy Thibodeaux (TBM Photo)TBM provided four pallets of bottled water, and volunteers helped direct traffic, shuttled guests to services and offered support throughout the day. Amy Thibodeaux (pictured at right), a volunteer from Lake Pointe Church in Rockwall, visited the grave of her father, who served with the U.S. Army in Vietnam.

Buckner International will host its 14th annual “Mosaic of Culture” event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 14, in the Calabria Community Center on the Buckner campus, located at 5200 S. Buckner Blvd. in Dallas. Since 2000, the event has given adopted children and their families the opportunity to celebrate their native culture as well as the cultures of adoptees from other countries. Families can mingle with other adoptive families who understand their experiences, while older adopted children often develop mentoring relationships with younger adoptees. mosaic of culture177The free event will feature an array of native crafts, food and musical entertainment from countries across the world representing the Buckner global adoption community. In a carnival-like atmosphere, families can travel their way through cultural staples from Eastern Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa. Participants are encouraged to bring a school-supply donation for Buckner Kenya programs. For more information, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Wayland Baptist University honored Kyler Templeton from Stamford and Aubrey Pedigo of Canyon as Male and Female Citizen of the Year. The award is the highest honor given to students by the university. Honorees are listed on a plaque in Gates Hall.

Hardin-Simmons University marked the retirement of four faculty and staff members who combined for more than a century of service to the school. Larry Brunner, professor of English, retired after working at HSU 39 years, including 18 years as head of the English department and 10 years as director of graduate studies in English. Omer Hancock, director of in-service training and professor of church ministry, retired after 33 years at HSU. Prior to coming to Hardin-Simmons in 1981, he was pastor of numerous Texas and Oklahoma churches. Harold Preston, senior vice president of finance and management, retired after 20 years. Leta Tillman, professor and librarian, retired after 13 years of service.

East Texas Baptist University honored three retiring professors at the close of the spring semester—Tom Haygood, associate professor of psychology; Jane Ogden, professor of psychology; and Sarah Watson, professor of English.

Howard Payne University’s cheer team placed second in the college division of the American Cheer Power Competition in San Antonio. HPU also received the new school award.


Jack Graham, 25th, as pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, June 1.

Kevin Cornelius, fifth, as pastor of First Baptist Church in Karnes City.


Josh Rose to the ministry at First Baptist Church in Burleson, May 4. He is the connections/life groups pastor at the Church on Rush Creek in Mansfield. 

Around the State: HSU graduates 217

Around the State: HSU graduates 217

Hardin-Simmons University awarded 217 bachelor’s degrees, 48 master’s degrees and three doctorates during spring commencement ceremonies.

The Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing achieved its fundraising goal of $750,000 to support endowed scholarships for nursing students during the third annual Going for the Gold Gala. Olympic gold medalist Mary Lou Retton was the keynote speaker.

Six hundred twenty Dallas Baptist University students received degrees during spring commencement ceremonies. Three hundred sixty-nine received bachelor degrees, 241 earned master’s degrees, seven earned doctoral degrees and three received associate degrees. Commencement speakers were Matt Murrah, vice president for technology; Steve Mullen, dean of the Mary C. Crowley College of Christian Faith; and Shauna Chaffin, DBU graduate. Michael Arnold received an honorary doctor of humanities degree.

The Sabine Neches Baptist Area Seminary Extension Women’s Division presented certificates in women’s ministry to Carolyn Douglas, Dolores Wentworth and Susan Woodall. In the fall, “The Educational Ministry of a Church” will be offered. For more information, call (409) 423-2224.

Wayland Baptist University granted emeritus status to Kent Brooks who retired last month after 27 years of service. For 19 years, he served as dean and executive director of Wayland’s Lubbock campus. In 2006, he became the campus’ director of development.

Council for Life and Young Leaders for Life awarded Buckner Children and Family Services $40,000 raised from the fifth annual Run for Life 5K held at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. This is the second year Buckner has been a beneficiary of the run.

Howard Payne University honored Marcie Drew, university controller, as its outstanding staff member, and Mark Patton, professor of business administration, posthumously received the outstanding faculty member award. Certificates for excellence in teaching were presented to Wendy McNeely and Lester Towell. Awards for length of service also were presented: 10 years—Deborah Childs, Celeste Church, Gregory Church, Russell Ezzell, Katrina Lynn, Stephen Lynn, Brent Marsh and Rodney Stephens; 15 years—Teresa Cavitt, Abram Choate, Trissa Cox, Jerry Don Gleaton, Stephen Goacher and Marilyn Mathis; 20 years—Lynn Humeniuk, Wendy McNeely, Diane Owens and Juanita Sypert; 25 years—Bob Bicknell, Mike Daub and Don Gunter; and 40 years—Lana Wagner.

East Texas Baptist University honored several staff and faculty for their years of service. Those honored included: 10 years—David Collins, Butch Graves, Shelly Lewis, Kim Mullikin and Don Spencer; 15 years—Thomas Webster; 20 years—Jose Alonzo and Bert West; 25 years—Eric Wilburn; 30 years—Bill Mills; and 35 years—Kathy Bland and Cassandra King.

San Marcos Baptist Academy honored three individuals and one family by naming campus streets for them. Members of the board of trustees, academy staff and families of the honorees were on hand to celebrate the dedication of four streets— Jack Byrom Trail, Bobby Dupree Drive, Jimmie Scott Circle and Mafrige Drive. The newly constructed gated entry to the school also was dedicated as the Bobbie and Jack Byrom Entryway.


Anthony Sisemore, fifth, as pastor of The Woods Baptist Church in Tyler.

Carl Whitworth, fifth, as pastor of Reagan Baptist Church in Reagan.

Meadowbrook Baptist Church in Rockdale, 60th, June 18. The church will celebrate with an ice cream social at 6 p.m. June 18, a dinner and concert June 21 at 5 p.m., and a brunch/fellowship and service June 22. Russ Willis is pastor.


Providence Baptist Church in Caldwell held a homecoming service followed by a meal. Malcom Bane is interim pastor.

Mount Zion Baptist Church in Rockdale will hold its annual homecoming service June 8. Darren Donaldson will be the guest speaker. A meal will follow the service. Luther Shelander is pastor.


Kevin Burnett, Don Walker and Bob Treadaway as deacons at Southmont Church in Denton.


Kokomo Baptist Church, Gorman; June 22-25; evangelist, Bubba Fleming; pastor, James Hunter.

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Around the State: San Marcos Baptist Academy graduates 62

San Marcos Baptist Academy presented diplomas to 62 high school graduates during its 106th annual commencement.

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Around the State: HSU encourages elementary students

Students from Bonham Elementary School in Abilene spent a day at Hardin-Simmons University. School officials hoped to instill in them a dream for a college education.

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Around the State: Wayland establishes Cook Scholarship

Members of Wayland Baptist University’s board of trustees recognized the family of Don and Lannie Cook, dedicating an endowed scholarship in their name during a luncheon at the trustees meeting.

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Around the State: TBM helps Gideons distribute Bibles

The Texas Baptist Men Dixon Missions Equipping Center in Dallas served as distribution center for the Gideons’ Bible Blitz.

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Around the State: HSU students travel to Greece

Twelve Hardin-Simmons University students traveled to Greece to work with Cooperative Baptist Fellowship missionaries Bob and Janice Newell.

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Around the State: HPU delegates honored at Model UN

The Howard Payne University model United Nations students won five delegate awards in Rome, Italy, more than any other university participating. Caleb McConnell, Kerrie Ford, Cody Perrin and Elizabeth Rogers won best delegate awards, and Erik Swenson was named champion debater on the security council. The 12 students also visited the Colosseum, the Pantheon, the Forum, the Catacombs and other locations in the city.

hbu conference300U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, Houston Baptist University President Robert Sloan and journalist Marvin Olasky will discuss “Faith and Freedom in the Public Square” May 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the Morris Cultural Arts Center at HBU. Panelists will share thoughts about the role faith has played in their careers and discuss the state of religious freedom in America and abroad. Tickets are $20 for general admission seating and $100 for reserved seats that include a pre-event reception at 6:45 p.m. For tickets, click here

Buckner Children and Family Services will present a free foster care and adoption information expo April 26 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 5200 Buckner Boulevard in Dallas. Participants will receive an overview of foster care and adoption options in Texas, including foster-to-adopt, Waiting Texas Children, domestic infant adoption and international adoption programs. A guest panel of current and former foster families will present perspectives on their experiences. Other participating organizations are Hope CottageCovenant KidsCircles of CareJonathan’s PlaceBair FoundationPresbyterian Children’s Homes and ServicesSpecialized Alternatives for Families and Youth, A World for ChildrenPathways and Foster in Texas. For more information, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Ernie Haase and Signature Sound—a Southern Gospel quartet—will perform at 7 p.m. May 9 in Wayland Baptist University’s Harral Auditorium. Wayland graduate Paul Harkey sings bass with the group. Doors open at 5:45 p.m., and the singers will meet the public at 6 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students 17 and younger. All seats are general admission, and proceeds benefit Wayland scholarships. Tickets can be purchased This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Wayland’s Association of Former Students sponsors the event.

Sarah Alvis of Fort Worth was crowned Miss ETBU at miss etbu200Sarah Alvis of Fort Worth was crowned Miss ETBU.the East Texas Baptist University’s 58th annual pageant. Alvis is a sophomore nursing major. Jermaca Brown, a junior kinesiology major from Fairfield, was first runner up. Natalie Pippin of Marshall received the Miss Congeniality Award.

A Baptist General Convention of Texas team led by Phil Miller, director of Bible study/discipleship, and David Rangel, director of River Ministry and Mexico missions, traveled to Juarez, Mexico, to train 64 church leaders.

The South Texas School of Christian Studies held an open house at its McAllen campus to spotlight renovated facilities. With the aid of Texas Baptist Men Retiree Builders, the school made about $500,000 in improvements.

About 175 Hardin-Simmons University student athletes helped hsu special olympics425Hardin-Simmons University athletes helped local Special Olympians train for their district meet.93 Special Olympics participants prepare for their district track and field meet. Students from all the university’s teams ran the events, which included running, javelin, shot put, tennis ball and softball throws, standing long jump and running long jump.

Students in the Dallas Baptist University Graduate School of Ministry and the master of arts in communication program ministered to residents of the Dallas Life Foundation. The DBU team joined the residents for their evening meal, and they also led a worship service. Dallas Life Foundation is an outreach and advocacy ministry for the homeless of Dallas.


Volunteers from First Baptist Church in Longview helped build a home for a Beckville family whose house burned last year. Initially, the family started the rebuilding project themselves but had to stop due to health issues. longview build425Volunteers from First Baptist Church in Longview helped build a home for a Beckville family whose house burned last year. Volunteers from other churches who served with First Baptist on mission trips to Mexico joined in the effort, along with residents of an East Texas rehab facility. The family moved into their home before Easter.They sought help from Habitat for Humanity in Longview, but they lived outside the organization’s service area. So, a deacon at First Baptist Church coordinated the project, working in cooperation with Executive Pastor David English. Volunteers from other churches who had served with First Baptist on mission trips to Mexico joined in the effort, along with residents in an East Texas rehab facility. Students also participated during a DiscipleNow weekend. The family moved into their home before Easter. Cary Hilliard is pastor at First Baptist Church in Longview.

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