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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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Around the State: Gospel music at Southwestern Seminary

Greater Vision and Mark Trammell will present a Southern Gospel music concert at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary March 7 at 7 p.m. Cost is $15. Doors open at 6 p.m. To purchase tickets in advance, click here

Lake Ivie Baptist Association will hold its senior adult rally at First Baptist Church in Bronte March 5 at 11:30 a.m. Ken Lyle is the guest speaker. Matt and Joanna Self and Donnie Cornutt will be the musicians. The event includes a free baked-potato lunch.

day miracle farm300A Day At Miracle Farm will feature a “Salute to America" mounted flag presentation.A Day At Miracle Farm, the annual open house at Children At Heart’s boys’ ranch ministry near Brenham, will be held from 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. April 5. Admission and all attractions are free. Barbecue is available for $10 in advance and $15 the day of the event. To reserve barbecue tickets, click here. Activities will include wagon rides, horseback rides for children, a “Salute to America” mounted flag presentation, a petting zoo, a roping demonstration and campus tours, as well as free ice cream and a live auction of crafts made by the boys.

Singer and author Gloria Gaither will headline Hardin-Simmons University’s Round Table Scholarship Luncheon March 6. She has written lyrics for more than 700 songs and is a member of the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. She earned four Grammy Awards, 10 Dove Awards and the ASCAP Songwriters of the Century Award. She also has written more than 40 books. Tickets to the luncheon are sold out, but tickets to a concert may be purchased at the door for $10. Luncheon guests will be seated at 11:30 a.m., and the performance will begin at 12:15 p.m. The luncheon supports the Lucile Sandefer Memorial Scholarship, which will be awarded during the event.

The Dallas Coalition for Hunger Solutions will hold an 11 a.m. luncheon March 20 at 5100 Ross Avenue in Dallas titled “Hunger Solutions for the Faith Community.” Jeremy Everett, director of the Texas Hunger Initiative, will present six ways congregations can alleviate hunger. A complimentary light lunch will be served.

Wayland Baptist University will hold its Big Weekend for prospective students March 28-29. The event includes activities, information sessions, meals, campus tours and scholarship auditions. Registration is $30. To register, click here

Jan Daehnert, who served the jan daehnert300Jan DaehnertBaptist General Convention of Texas 37 years in various roles including interim executive director, has joined the Dallas Baptist University faculty as assistant professor of biblical studies. He and his wife, Carol, are members of Plymouth Park Baptist Church in Irving.

A national exhibition March 28-May 11 at the Wichita Center for the Arts in Wichita, Kan., will feature two pastel pieces by David Harmon, professor of art at Howard Payne University.

Sam Moseley, a Marshall attorney and former East Texas Baptist University board of trustees chairman, received ETBU’s Sam B. Hall Jr. Civic Service Award. Hall of Fame football coach Gene Stallings was the keynote speaker for the evening.


“The Bible: Son of God Tour 2014” will make stops at Riverbend Baptist Church in Austin March 27 and First Baptist Church in Sunnyvale March 28. Music from Francesca Battistelli, Sidewalk Prophets, Natalie Grant, Chris August, Meredith Andrews and Jason Gray is featured. Tickets are $25. To purchase, click here

First Baptist Church in Devine will hold a Bible conference titled “Contemporary Issues and the Bible” March 28-30. Conference leaders are Bill Tillman, director of theological education for the Baptist General Convention of Texas, and Randy Richards, dean of the School of Ministry at Palm Beach Atlantic University. Mike Barrera is pastor.

Karen Peck and New River will present a concert at the Franklin High School Auditorium at 6 p.m. March 29. Tickets are for sale at First Baptist Church in Franklin for $15 and $20.


Kevin Harmon, Ron Phelps and Vince Thompson as deacons at First Baptist Church in Temple, Feb. 23.

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Around the State: Astronaut who walked on moon walks with Christ

Apollo astronaut Charles Duke told San Marcos Baptist Academy students his walk on the moon pales in comparison to his walk with Christ.

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Around the State: Grant for Baylor's 'Faith Project'

Jonathan Kvanvig and Trent Dougherty, philosophy professors at Baylor University, and Daniel Howard-Snyder, jonathan kvanvig130Jonathan Kvanviga philosophy professor at Western Washington University, have received a $1.5 million grant from the Templeton Religion Trust for their three-year project, “The Nature and Value of Faith.” The purpose of the grant is to investigate faith and the ways it manifests itself in the lives of successful people, both in religious contexts and ordinary life.

Hardin-Simmons University will hold its Outstanding Young Alumni Awards banquet Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. Honorees are Chad Braun, a finance officer; Deanna Julian, an entertainer; and Jason Terrell, a medical doctor.

The art department of Wayland Baptist University will host an exhibit, “Our People, Our Land, Our Images,” Feb. 24-March 28 in the Abraham Art Gallery.

A literacy conference will be held March 1 at Dallas Baptist University from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Workshops include resources for general-equivalency diploma training, teaching citizenship classes, English-as-a-Second-Language resources, teaching English, online resources for literacy ministry and sharing faith. The cost is $25. To register, click here

First Baptist Church in Midland will sponsor its second annual Principled Leadership Conference March 20 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will be held in the Allison Fine Arts building on the Midland College campus. Randel Everett, pastor of First Baptist Church, and Harvey Perkins, CEO and founder of the Urban Learning and Leadership Center in Hampton, Va., will lead the conference. The conference will equip participants to think critically about the changing patterns and challenges of society and to explore possibilities for utilizing their leadership skills. The registration fee of $350 includes materials. The first 100 nonprofit leaders to register will pay $50. For more information, call (432) 683-0604.

Alice Zaccarello has been named executive director of the Well Community, a ministry to people with mental illness in Dallas. Founded in 2002, it is housed at Cliff Temple Baptist Church and serves 350 people.

Howard Payne University music students Allen Andrus and Hannah Strebeck have received the Clara Freshour Nelson Scholarship through the Texas Association of Music Schools.


Larry Johnson, 30th, executive director of Ellis Baptist Association, Feb. 1. He began as the church-starting associate for the Trinity Brazos Baptist Area, which included Ellis County. In 1994, the area separated into separate associations, and Johnson was named leader of the Ellis County group of churches.


First Baptist Church in Cisco honored Martha Davis for 50 years as church pianist Feb. 2. She received a necklace, a plaque of appreciation and a proclamation from the mayor naming the day in her honor.

A “No Man Left Behind” training event is scheduled March 8 at Trinity Baptist Church in Tyler. “No Man Left Behind” trains a core group of men in the essentials of establishing an effective men’s ministry intended to disciple every man in the congregation. The session begins at 9 a.m. and concludes at 3 p.m. Registration is $15, which covers the cost of materials. For more information, call (903) 593-3143 or contact Randy Newberry at (214) 275-1122.

Ken Medema will lead worship at First Baptist Church in Devine March 9. He will sing and speak in the 11 a.m. worship service and present a concert at 6 p.m.

First Baptist Church in Austin will be the site of a Pilgrimage of Trust March 21-23, led by the monks of the Taizé monastery in Taizé, France. The event is aimed at adults under age 35. It will begin with evening prayer on Friday and conclude mid-day Sunday. Workshops and small-group activities will cover social justice issues and feature discussion on ways to help people who are suffering, and becoming bearers of peace and reconciliation. The fee is $45 and covers on-site meals. To register, click here

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Around the State: HPU features Temple artist's work

The artwork of Temple artist Chad Hines is on display in the Dorothy and Wendell Mayes Art Gallery of Howard Payne University's Doakie Day Art Center.

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Around the State: Students swing hammers for Habitat

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.

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Around the State: Unwrap the Bible set

Thousands of women are expected to gather in Houston’s Lakewood Church Feb. 21-22 for the Women of Faith “Unwrap the Bible” event, an in-depth Bible study with well-known teachers. 

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Around the State: [un]Apologetic conference

The schedule for the Texas Baptists (un)Apologetic conferences has been set. 

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Around the State: HPU wins at moot court

Howard Payne University captured the Southwestern Regional Moot Court championship.

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Around: 'Walk' snares shoes for orphans

First Baptist Church in Perryton created a Christmas tree from donated shoes for orphan children.

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Around the State: Greater Dallas Movement Day

More than 1,500 community leaders are expected to gather Jan. 23 for Greater Dallas Movement Day, a one-day event that will include leaders in the areas of business, eduction, healthcare, nonprofits, government and the church from a diversity of cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

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