AROUND THE STATE: Denison to speak at Howard Payne convocation

• Jim Denison, pastor of teaching at Park Cities Church in Dallas, will be the featured speaker at Howard Payne University’s fall convocation Sept. 3 at 10 a.m. at Brownwood Coliseum.

•  Charles Ryrie, editor of The Ryrie Study Bible and professor emeritus of systematic theology at Dallas Theological Seminary, will speak Sept. 4 at 3 p.m. at Houston Baptist University’s Dunham Bible Museum. Ryrie has been a collector of rare Bibles and manuscripts for many years. A reception and open house will follow.

•  The Gallery at Houston Baptist Univeristy will mark its grand opening with a reception from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 4. The reception will be held in conjunction with the annual faculty art exhibition, which will run Sept. 4 through Oct. 3. More information on upcoming exhibitions is available at .

Students at San Antonio’s Truman Middle School are kicking off a new school year with a returning Baptist Child & Family Services program designed to teach abstinence from risky behaviors such as pre-marital sex, alcohol and drugs. BCFS staff teach 14 classes a year as part of their Decisions For Life program that includes in-school curriculum, after-school activities and a summer program. The curriculum begins with the basics such as self esteem, positive decision making, choosing friends and moves to more in depth topics as the year goes on including bullying, date rape, sex in the media, sexually transmitted diseases, the cost of raising a child and the effects of drugs. The after-school program includes study hall for homework as well as a variety of enrichment activities to promote healthy living such as athletics, music and art, with Fridays primarily focusing on games and mentoring.

•  Baylor University granted degrees to more than 500 students during summer commencement exercises. Also during the ceremony, Linda Garner, professor of nursing at Baylor’s Louise Herrington School of Nursing, was presented the Abner V. McCall Humanitarian Award by the Baylor Alumni Association. Prior to joining the faculty in 1970, she was director of nursing at India’s Bangalore Baptist Hospital, and she has served more than 30 years as faculty sponsor of the nursing school’s annual Mexico mission trip to impoverished border towns.

• Bobbie Pinson received an honorary doctor of humanities degrees from Dallas Baptist University. She is the wife of former Baptist General Convention of Texas Executive Director Bill Pinson. She was key in beginning the Ministers’ Wives’ Retreat, the Women Reaching Texas program and other outreach ministries. She has been a member of the DBU board of trustees since 2000, serving as chair of the academic affairs committee. She also has been a member of the DBU Women’s Auxiliary board.

• Tim Crawford has been named dean of the College of Christian Studies at the Univer-sity of Mary Hardin-Baylor. Prior to coming to UMHB, Crawford served in the division of Christian studies at Bluefield College in Bluefield, Va., as both faculty and an administrator for  18 years.

• East Texas Baptist University has added six faculty members. They include David Brooks, associate professor of biology/nursing; Mark Crim, director of bands/instructor of music; Martha Dudley, assistant professor of nursing; Sandra Petersen, assistant professor of nursing; Luis Ramirez, associate professor of theater; and Mary Thompson-Price, assistant professor of teacher education.


• Pat Cummings, 35th, as pastor of Patton Church in Valley Mills, June 1.

• Mike Patterson, 20th, as pastor of First Church in Lorena, June 1.

• Brazos Meadows Church in Hewitt, 20th, July 13. Billy Edwards is pastor.

• Bruce Welch, 10th, as minister of education at First Church in Sulphur Springs, July 26.

• Hope Fellowship in Port Lavaca, 10th, July 27. Kevin Houser is pastor.

• Tommy Billings, fifth, as executive director of Guadalupe Association, Aug. 20.

• Bryan Butler, 10th, as discipleship pastor at First Church in The Woodlands, Aug. 23.

• Doug Cassady, 10th, as missions pastor at First Church in The Woodlands, Aug. 23.

• First Church of Crystal City, 100th, Oct. 5. Coffee and doughnuts will be served beginning at 9 a.m. for a time of fellowship. Jimmy Smith, director of missions for Frio River Association, will preach in the 10:45 a.m. service; Tom Williams of Knobbs Springs Church in McDade will lead the music. A catered lunch and fellowship time will follow. Former pastors and staff will share during the afternoon. Mike Stone is pastor.

• Trinity Church in Pleasanton, 50th, Oct. 5. A fellowship time will begin at 9 a.m. Former pastors Mack Caffey, Richard Weisinger, Louis Thiele and John Andrewartha will participate in the morning service, which will be followed by a meal. Pete Houpt is pastor.

• Aberfoyle Church near Wolfe City, 120th, Oct. 5. A lunch will follow the morning service. A praise and remembrance service will be held that afternoon, followed by placement of a time capsule on church grounds. For more information or to make reservations for the meal, call (903) 496-2014. Kerry Meador is pastor.


• Carl Moman, as pastor of First Church in Lockney, July 31. He served the church four years and was in ministry 45 years. He began his ministry as minister of music at four churches in Missouri and another in Kentucky. He then was pastor of two Missouri churches before going to Wayland Baptist University in 1987, where he served 17 years as an instructor and administrator in the Fine Arts department. In 2004, he left the academic setting to return to the pastorate and went to the Lockney church. He and his wife, Mary Lou, live in Lubbock.


• John Allen, 77, Aug. 18 in Fort Worth, after a lengthy struggle with cancer. He was director of mentorships from 1994 until 2007 and an adjunct professor of missions at Southwestern Seminary. He was a 1955 graduate of Wayland Baptist University. He served in Southern Baptist missions in the United States for almost 30 years—as an area missionary in South Dakota in the 1960s, as associate director of church extension with the Home Mission Board in the 1970s, as state director of missions for the Alaska Baptist Convention from 1976 to 1987 and as director of cooperative missions and stewardship in Colorado, after which he retired from North American Mission Board. He also was a pastor in Texas, California and Virginia during 60 years in ministry. He is survived by his wife, Anna; daughter, Mary Bowen; son, Brian; sister, Mary Ellen Glass; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.


• Dellview Church in San Antonio will hold a family enrichment week Sept. 22-26 at 7 p.m. Classes on marriage, parenting, finance and church attendance will be followed by a dinner and talent show on Friday. Phil Risley is pastor.

• Bethel Church in Clardy will hold homecoming services Sept. 21 in recognition of the congregation’s 132 years of service to the community. A catered chuckwagon lunch will follow the morning service in which Paul Powell will be the guest speaker. Carter Lyles is pastor.


• Ernest Massey as a deacon at Pleasant Hill Church in Carbon.

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