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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Around the State: Maston scholars chosen

Seventeen students from Baptist General Convention of Texas-affiliated universities have been named Young Maston Scholars by the T. B. Maston Foundation. Students are nominated based on their faithfulness to the ethical example of Jesus; a commitment to Christian ethics lived out in theological inquiry and academic excellence; an established reputation among peers for ethical Christian maston200T.B. Maston was a longtime of professor of Christian ethics.leadership; and a vocational calling to ministry. The award is named for T.B. Maston, longtime of professor of Christian ethics and author, known for his writing and teaching in the area of biblical ethics, race relations, family life, Christian life and vocation, church and state, and character formation. The scholars (pictured above) are Top Row: Jose Jimenez-Abrams (Mary Hardin-Baylor), Zachary Tharp (Howard Payne), Adam Chaney (Houston Baptist), Cullen Ware (Houston Baptist) Middle Top: John Bocko (Wayland), Bradley Varnell (Baylor) Middle Bottom: Don Williford (Dean, Logsdon Seminary and School of Theology), Jacob Winslager (Dallas Baptist), Michael Barnard (Baylor), Drew Doss (Hardin-Simmons), Sergio Buezo (Baptist University of the Americas), Phanuel Estinvil (Baptist University of the Americas) Bottom Row: Mary Vasquez (Howard-Payne), Will Raies (Dallas Baptist), Melinda Herning (Mary Hardin-Baylor), Rebekah Davidson (Hardin-Simmons), Kristian Barnaby (East Texas Baptist), Krystin Jurries (East Texas Baptist), Hulitt Gloer (2014 Maston Lecturer).

First Baptist Church in West will meet for worship at 10:15 a.m. on Easter Sunday, April 20, on the field across from Aderhold Funeral Home on S. Reagan St.—the same location where the church gathered the Sunday after a fertilizer plant exploded on April 17, 2013. Pastor John Crowder noted the church decided to establish as a tradition worshipping on that site each year on the Sunday following April 17.  “This outdoor service will not only establish a lasting tradition for us, but it will also be a loud and clear testimony that God is good and West blessed,” Crowder said. “We are especially excited about the fact that our first anniversary of the outdoor worship service will fall on Easter. We are going to celebrate life and renewal like never before.”

Howard Payne University will hold its annual Resurrection Week spring revival April 14-16. Dave Edwards is the featured speaker, and recording artist Jami Smith will lead worship. Services will be held at 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Tom Copeland, Hardin-Simmons University associate professor of psychology, will present a free community seminar on communication in marriage April 24 in Room 213 of the Johnson Building at 7 p.m. The seminar is part of the university’s recognition of national counseling month.

Dallas Baptist University will hold the 26th annual DBU-Oak Cliff Partnership Dinner May 6 at 7 p.m. in the Hillcrest Great Hall of the John G. Mahler Student Center on the DBU campus. The 2014 Good Samaritan Award recipients are Nancy Counts and Jim Gettman. For more information, call (214) 333-5811.

Buckner International will hold its first “Hope for Children” benefit featuring country music performer Jimmy Wayne with emcee Paige McCoy Smith of WFAA-TV’s Good Morning Texas at Dallas’ Omni Hotel May 8 at 7 p.m. Guests will share a meal, participate in a silent auction and enjoy music, as well as learn about the global ministry. For more information, call (800) 442-4800, ext. 8017.

Craig Keener, professor of New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary, will be the featured speaker for B.H. Carroll Theological Institute’s spring colloquy May 19-20. The theme of the colloquy is “Jesus and Mighty Works.” It will consist of three plenary sessions on Jesus and his miracles. Monday’s sessions will begin at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., and Tuesday’s session will begin at 2 p.m. All will be held at the Wade Building, 300 S. Center, Suite 100, Arlington 76010.

The Texas Baptist Historical Museum will hold a rededication ceremony May 31 at 1 p.m. The museum is located at 10505 FM 50, Brenham 77833. A barbecue is a part of the event. Make reservations at (972) 331-2235.

Wayland Baptist University honored significant financial supporters of the university with a dinner hosted by President Paul Armes and his wife, Duanea. Receiving the first-ever President’s Awards were Harley and Wilda Redin and Sally Shaw. The Redins first made their impact on the university separately—he as the longtime coach of the Flying Queens basketball team and she was one-half of the Hutchersons, who flew the players to many games. After both their spouses died, they married, creating a joint legacy. The gymanasium at Wayland bears the Hutcherson name, and the court is named for the Redins, and the Athletic Hall of Honor also is named for the former coach. The two have supported scholarships, building projects and many other campaigns. Shaw has supported every initiative of the school for several decades and served on the board of trustees. Donors whose contributions to the university have reached $100,000 also were honored with Keeper of the Flame Awards. They are L.S. Foreman, Max and Marcheta Gabriel, Bruce and Jolene Julian, Ben and Bertha Mieth, Mark and Linda Murdock, and Robert and Sally Walker.

Israel Nandamudi, East Texas Baptist University professor of political science, delivered the keynote address at the International Conference on Gender Mainstreaming: Issues and Strategies for Empowerment. The two-day conference was held in Andhra Pradesh, India.


Iglesia Vaquera Cowboy Church in Waxahachie, 10th, March 30. Ty Howard is pastor.

Carl Douglas, 10th, as pastor of Dixie Frontier Baptist Church in Whitesboro, April 4.


Fielder Road Baptist Church in Arlington will not hold services April 27. Instead, an estimated 1,500 to 2,000 members will spread throughout the city to serve the community. Serve Arlington will meet needs by partnering with the city, school district, homeless shelter and crisis pregnancy center, as well as many individuals. Projects will include clean-ups, painting, school carnivals and more. Gary Smith is pastor.

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Around the State: Brazilian pastor speaks at Wayland

Paulo Lino, pastor of Sinai Baptist Church in Salvador, Brazil, delivered Wayland Baptist University’s McCoy Missions Lectures. Lino, who has served in ministry 40 years, told students the key to happiness is fearing and serving God.

Christian Wiman, senior lecturer in religion and literature at the christian wiman100Christian WimanYale Institute of Sacred Music, is the featured speaker at Hardin-Simmons University’s Lawrence Clayton Poets and Writers Speakers Series, April 14. Wiman was born and grew up in Snyder. He will speak in the chapel service, answer questions during a 4 p.m. session, read poetry at 8 p.m. and sign his books at a 9 p.m. reception.

Buckner Children and Family Services will present a free foster care and adoption information meeting April 17 at 7 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 and domestic infant adoption programs. For information or a reservation to attend, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Young evangelicals at Hardin-Simmons University held a day of prayer and action on climate change April 3 as a part of a weeklong series of events on 20 Christian campuses across the United States.

Twenty-four Dallas Baptist University students, faculty and staff traveled to Washington D.C. with the school’s Cook School of Leadership. Students studied leadership and power through the examination of the lives of America’s founding fathers. Some of the sites visited were the White House, the Capitol, the Supreme Court building and the Library of Congress.

Christian rapper and author Trip Lee spoke at an East Texas Baptist University chapel service about grace and gift of salvation.


New Jerusalem Baptist Church in Plainview, 30th, March 16. Joshua Williams is pastor.

Carl George, fifth, as pastor of Macedonia Baptist Church in Chandler, April 1.

Jerry Becknal, 10th, as pastor of Cranes Mill Baptist Church in Canyon Lake, April 4.

Edward Murrell, 10th, as pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Flint, April 13.

Greg Tanner, 30th, as associate pastor of worship at First Baptist Church in Vernon.

James Doremus III, 10th, as pastor of Memorial Drive Baptist Church in Houston.

Bobby Catt, fifth, as minister of students at First Baptist Church in San Angelo.

Joyce Still, fifth, as children’s ministry coordinator at South Garland Baptist Church in Garland.


Jack Blease, as pastor of Ridin’ for the Brand Cowboy Church in Sanger. He was the founding the pastor of the church and served six years.

Tom Williams, as administrator at South Main Baptist Church in Houston.


Mike Coffey to the ministry at College View Baptist Church in Abilene.

Kirk Vinson and Randal Wiginton as deacons at Lytle South Baptist Church in Abilene.


Macedonia-Hix Baptist Church, Caldwell; April 13-16; evangelist, Mark Edworthy; pastor, Fred Hornaday.

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Around the State: Organ recital for Lent

The Hardin-Simmons University fine arts department has scheduled several events as part of a Lenten organ recital series. A concert will be held at First Baptist Church in Abilene April 1 from 12:15 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. HSU professor Hye-Jean Choi and Rob Carlton, a member of the church, will accompany the church’s choir. A 12:15 p.m. April 8 event is set for the Episcopal Church of Heavenly Rest in Abilene, featuring members of the Big Country American Guild of Organists. The April 17 Maundy Thursday service will be held at HSU’s Logsdon Chapel at 11:55 a.m. It will feature soprano Rosie Hollingsworth and organists Choi, Jessica Spurgers and Daniel Smith.

The Wayland Baptist University opera company will perform April 25-26 at 7:30 p.m. in Harral Auditorium.

Houston Baptist University has announced the naming of the Sadie and Doug Hodo Residence College, currently known as the Lake House. A dedication and reception will take place April 28 at 2 p.m. Hodo served as the second president of the university from 1987 to 2006.

A marriage retreat for ministers and their spouses will be held May 1-3 at the Cornerstone Lodge in Scurry. Check-in is at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, and the event concludes at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. The cost is $125 for Baptist General Convention of Texas-affiliated ministers and $375 for non-BGCT church ministers. The cost includes lodging, four meals and snacks, and retreat curriculum. To register, call (972) 486-3045. Space is limited.

Howard Payne University freshman Jaclyn Bonner was named national champion in novice informative speaking during the National Christian College Forensics Association tournament held at California Baptist University.

Dawna Walsh has been named Dallas Baptist University’s adviser of the year. The professor of art and fine arts has been a full-time faculty member since 1978 and has served as chair of the art department. She and her husband, John, are members of First Baptist Church in Dallas.

About 200 volunteers participated in a four-day Texas Baptist Men Disaster Relief Volunteer Roundup at Big Country Baptist Assembly at Lueders. Participants received training in about a dozen specialized disaster relief ministries.


Kelvin Reed, fifth, as associate pastor of music and worship at First Baptist Church in Lewisville.

First Baptist Church in Salado, 150th, May 4. The children of the church will each take a turn tugging the rope attached to the churchbell to mark the beginning of the celebration with Sunday school at 9:15 a.m. A video of interviews with former salado college200First Baptist Church in Salado first met in the Salado College building.pastors and an outline of the congregation’s history will mark the 10:30 a.m. worship service. The music service will consist of hymns from the 1860s. A barbecue meal under a tent will follow the morning service. After lunch, activities related to the 1860s will be available. The day will conclude with a four-tier anniversary cake served at 4 p.m. Travis Burleson is pastor.


Tim Stary, to the ministry at First Baptist Church in Salado, March 30.


Ken James has been named pastor emeritus at First Baptist Church in Hillsboro. The observation was made in conjunction with the congregation’s 139th anniversary. He served the church more than 15 years as pastor, and he now is chaplain at Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center in Waco.

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Around the State: Engage conference set

The Engage: Evangelizing Texas Conference for the Dallas area will be held April 3 at Mimosa Lane Baptist Church in Mesquite. There is no fee for the conference that will begin at 8:30 a.m. Lunch will be provided for $10. Lunch reservations and payment will be handled at check-in.

Alexander Ogorodnikov, longtime Russian religious dissident and ogorodnikovAlexander OgorodnikovGulag survivor, will speak on "My Experiences as a Religious Dissident in Russia"  March 28 at 1:30p.m. at Baylor University’s  Michael Bourdeaux Research Center, Carroll Library, Room 316. The talk is sponsored by the Keston Center for Religion, Politics, and Society.

Cindy McClenagan, dean of the School of Languages and Literature at Wayland Baptist University, received an award for American literature from the Conference of College Teachers of English for her paper “Picture Stories in Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God.” She presented the paper at the organization’s annual meeting, and it will be published later this year.


Allen Cade, fifth, as worship pastor at First Baptist Church in Nederland, March 22.

Micah Howell, fifth, as youth and family pastor at First Baptist Church in Nederland, March 22.

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

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


Aron Arceneaux, Raymond Brannan, Nolen Chatagnier, Jerry Creech, Larry Deorsam, Jay Hanson, Jereme Havard, Sam Maggio, Cory McMains, John Pate, Pat Rogers and Willie Simmons as deacons at First Baptist Church in Nederland, Jan. 19.


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Around the State: Jim and Casper go to HSU

Hardin-Simmons University will be the site of the Jim and Casper Show April 14 at 7 p.m. In addition, the duo will lead the April 15 chapel service at 9:30 a.m. The musical duo and authors of Jim and Casper Go to Church, debate Christianity and atheism in the stage show “Why We Need to Change the Conversion Conversation.” When minister Jim Henderson wanted to know what atheists think about church, he recruited nonbeliever Matt Casper, and the two visited churches across the country. The pair recounts their experiences and reactions during the nationwide journey. Both events are free and open to the public.

Stephen Sullivan has been named director stephen sullivan130Stephen Sullivanof alumni relations at Howard Payne University. He previously served as admissions counselor and coordinator of the Mobile Go Center, which provides information about college to high school students and their families.


Pine Ridge Baptist Church in Sour Lake, 140th, March 30. Richard Standley will lead a hymnsing at 9:30 a.m. A meal will follow the morning service. A 1:30 p.m. service will feature singing by The Master’s Men and a sermon by Gene Mims. Drifty Cates is pastor.

Stuart Clark, 20th, as community pastor of Crossroads Baptist Church in San Antonio.

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Around the State: 40th for Texas Port Ministry

The Texas Port Ministry will celebrate its 40th anniversary during the annual fund-raising banquet April 24. The event will be held at First Baptist Church bobby fuller130Bobby Fullerin Angleton. A silent auction will begin at 6 p.m., with the dinner and program at 6:30. Tables seating eight people are available for $200 each. To make reservations, call (979) 233-5641. Bobby Fuller is director of the Texas Port Ministry.

Buckner Children and Family Services will present a free foster care and adoption information meeting March 20 at 7 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 and domestic infant adoption programs. For information or a reservation to attend, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Wayland Baptist University’s art department will hold its senior exhibit April 7-May 2 in the Abraham Art Gallery.

A group of Hardin-Simmons University and Logsdon Theological Seminary students will experience the Apostle Paul’s Aegean experience with a spring-break trip to Greece. Ken Lyle, HSU professor of New Testament and Greek, will lead the group. The students also will work with Cooperative Baptist Fellowship missionaries Bob and Janice Newell, who minister to Albanians living in Athens.

Ozzie Ingram has been named director of the doctor of education in educational leadership program at Dallas Baptist University. He has served DBU 15 years in various leadership capacities. He and his wife, Ann, attend First Baptist Church in Arlington.


Leslie Hollon, fifth, as pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in San Antonio, Feb. 1.

Eugene Lewis, 10th, as pastor hpu students honored425Four Howard Payne University students were named Currie-Strickland Scholars in Christian Ethics and Theology. Joining Derek Hatch, assistant professor of Christian studies are (l-r) Zach Tharp, senior youth ministry major from Brownwood; Jared Huntley, senior Bible major from Brownwood; Rick Henderson, senior Christian education major from Plainview; Lillie Davis, senior cross-cultural studies major from Lampasas; and Donnie Auvenshine, professor of Christian studies and dean of the School of Christian Studies.of Union Baptist Church in Refugio, March 14.

Joel McCoy, 10th, as pastor of First Baptist Church in Crowley, March 14.

Mark Lindsey, fifth, as pastor of First Baptist Church in Big Spring, March 29.

Henry Stovall, 20th, as pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in Bryan.

Steve Holcombe, fifth as director of missions for Creath-Brazos Baptist Association.

Jimmy Pritchard, 20th, as pastor of First Baptist Church in Forney, April 1.

First Baptist Church in Denver City, 75th, April 4-6. Activities will begin at 1 p.m. with fellowship at the church. A catered meal at the Mustang Cafeteria will begin at 5 p.m., followed by a service at 7:05 p.m. led by Ronnie and Billy Bob White. Saturday will include music and activities in the park and a golf tournament, beginning at 10 a.m. A service in the park will be held that evening with former pastor Bob Webb preaching. A 9:30 a.m. breakfast will begin Sunday festivities, followed by a worship service led by Clay Searcy. A time capsule will be opened, followed by a catered meal at the Mustang Cafeteria. To make reservations for the meals or golf tournament, call (806) 592-3130. Marty Akins is pastor.


Rosendo Lopez to the ministry at Primera Iglesia Bautista in Muleshoe, Feb. 9.

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