- May 11, 2008
Galveston outreach changes lives. About 80 Texas Baptists met with more than 700 people during a Galveston Beach Reach weekend event. Volunteers prayed with 180 people, 35 made professions of faith in Christ and eight rededicated their lives to Christ, according to Gerald Davis, Baptist General Convention of Texas community development specialist who helped lead the beach outreach.
McBeth named Elder Statesman. Baptist historian Leon McBeth will receive the Texas Baptist Elder Statesman Award at a presentation June 1 at Independence Baptist Church in Independence. McBeth taught 43 years at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and has written extensively, including The Baptist Heritage and Texas Baptists: A Sesquicentennial History. Events begin at 10 a.m. with Sunday school, taught by Jesse Fletcher, president emeritus of Hardin-Simmons University. During the 11 a.m. worship service, Independence Association President Bill Pitts of Waco will present the Elder Statesman Award. Russell Dilday, former president of Southwestern Seminary and chancellor of the B.H. Carroll Theological Institute, will preach. A church picnic will follow, and guests are asked to bring a covered dish.