Around the State: Three Texas missionaries appointed

Roark Scholars presented overviews of academic papers as part of the Christian Doctrines Colloquy at Howard Payne University. Pictured are Kirk House of Gurden, Ark.; Rebekah Mullins of Wylie; Marisha Tyler of Farmington, N.M.; Jay Smith, assistant professor of Christian studies at Howard Payne; Wallace Roark, who taught Christian doctrine 23 years at Howard Payne; James Leo Garrett, emeritus distinguished professor of theology at Southwestern Seminary; Miranda Cole of Borger; Jami Lee Oliver of Buffalo; and Megan Donnelly of Saginaw.

East Texas Baptist University will hold its annual writers’ conference June 6-7. Twenty-six topics will be covered during the conference. The cost of attending the Saturday conference is $70, with a $20 discount for high school and college students. Attendance at the preconference sessions on Friday costs an additional $25. Friday’s events begin at 3:30 p.m. and Saturday begins at 8:30 a.m. The registration deadline is May 30. A writing contest also will be held, with cash prizes to be awarded for short stories and personal essays. Deadline for entries is May 16. For more information, call (903) 923-2083.

David Sams
Kimi Sams
Karla Turner

Three people with Texas ties were among the 92 missionaries appointed by the International Mission Board in an April 9 ceremony at First Church in Sunnyvale. Appointees with Texas ties included David and Kimi Sams who will work in university ministry in South America. They previously served as missionaries in Puerto Rico. At the time of his appointment, Sams was administrative pastor at First Church in El Paso. They have two children—Jessika, 13, and Joshua, 6. Karla Turner will serve as a church planter in South America. A native of Freeport, she is a member of First Church in Houston.

Sarah Moye and Betty Henry will become the first two women to receive leadership certificates in women’s ministry from the seminary extension department housed at Sabine Neches Baptist Area in a graduation ceremony May 6.

Lauren Teel, a freshman a Howard Payne University, has been named the Lincoln-Douglas debate national champion in the novice category. She is the school’s first national champion debater. HPU also was named the third-place team overall in its division.

Wallace Daniel Jr., professor of history at Baylor University, has been presented the Cornelia Marschall Smith Professor of the Year award. Daniel received $20,000, and will present a public lecture on an academic topic of his choosing this fall.

Sheila Griffith, a teaching fellow at B.H. Carroll Theological Institute, will teach Greek at Kenya Baptist Theological College in Limuru, Kenya, during the May term.

Contact teams are available to come to churches in preparation for the 20th anniversary season of “The Promise.” The Glen Rose musical advance teams will do as little as make a costumed announcement during services or as much as an entire service. Pastors wanting a team to come to their church should call (214) 364-5010.


Fellowship Missionary Church in Sherman, 15th, March 9. Gahlen Warren is pastor.

Bobby Hawkins, 10th, as pastor of Mount Carmel Church in Tioga, April 26.

Pilot Grove Church in Whitewright, 150th, May 4. A meal will follow the homecoming service held that morning. The Homegrown and Heaven Bound band also will perform. Don Hollister is pastor.

First Church in Snyder, 125th, May 4-7. Sunday morning’s guest will be Paige Patterson, president of Southwestern Seminary, and a meal will follow. Steve Hardin, executive pastor of The Village Church, will preach that evening. Frank Page, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, will speak Monday evening. Jim Richards, president of the Southern Baptists of Texas, is the guest speaker for Tuesday. Chris Osborne, pastor of Central Church in Bryan, will preach Wednesday night. Music will be led by Rich Smith, and Luke Garrett also will perform. Russell Johnson is pastor.

First Church in Tuleta, 60th, May 18. A coffee fellowship will begin at 9:45 a.m., with the service beginning at 10:30 a.m. Lunch will follow. People planning to attend the lunch are asked to call (361) 375-2949. Jack Allen is pastor.


Ray Vickrey, as pastor of Royal Lane Church in Dallas, May 31. He has served his present church 26 years and has been in ministry more than 50. He is a member of the Baylor University Athletic Hall of Fame for his track and field exploits, which include being a member of the 1956 440-yard relay team that equalled the then-world record and two years as Southwest Conference champion in the long jump. He was ordained to ministry by Memorial Church in Temple. In 1962, he began working at Baylor in student ministry, and in 1966, he became assistant director of the Baylor Alumni Association. Three years later, he was named executive director. During that time, he also served churches in McGregor and Troy as interim pastor. In 1978, he became minister of single adults at First Church in Richardson, and in 1981, moved to Royal Lane as pastor. He has served on the Executive Board of the Baptist General Convention of Texas and was vice president for Christian unity and interfaith relations of the Greater Dallas Community of Churches. He is a past-president of the Dallas Pastors’ Association. A retirement dinner is set for May 30, and the service on June 1 also will pay tribute to his contributions to the church. For more information, call (214) 361-2809.


Andrew Seago, 89, Feb. 21 in Tacoma, Wash. A native of Big Sandy and a 1948 graduate of East Texas Baptist College, he was pastor of several churches in East and North Texas before spending the last 45 years as a Southern Baptist pastor in Washington. He and his wife, Doris, were foreign mission volunteers upon graduation from Southwestern Seminary but were rejected because Seago had a serious hearing problem. In response, the Seagos decided to find their own mission field and moved their belongings and five children to the Northwest. He served many churches in Washington and was pastor of North Auburn Church in Auburn, Wash., when he retired. He was preceded in death by his sister, Charlotte Long; and brothers, Alvin and Leslie. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Doris; sons, David, Howie and Billy; daughters, Dawn Seymour and Suzanne Benfield; and nine grandchildren.

Bob Cullum, 75, Feb. 28 in San Antonio. He was a chaplain at San Antonio State Hospital 33 years. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Christi Johnson. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Shirley; daughters, Pam Condra and Barbara Masters; sisters, Beverly and Sally; and six grandchildren.

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