AROUND THE STATE: Dreisbach to speak at Bible museum


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• Daniel Dreisbach will speak on “The Bible and American Culture” at Houston Baptist University’s Dunham Bible Museum Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. Driesbach is the author of The Founders on God and Government and Thomas Jefferson and the Wall of Separation.

• The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and Bell Assoc-iation will present a seminar titled “Redeeming Conflict in Ministry” Oct. 18. The seminar starts with registration at 8:15 a.m. and will feature three sessions, “Understanding that Reduces Conflict,” “Listening that Trans-forms Conflict” and “Tools that Manage Conflict.” At noon, there will be a tailgate party at the football field followed by a game. For more information, call (254) 295-4606.

Students at San Marcos Baptist Academy got the opportunity to meet the school’s newly installed President John Garrison and his wife, Carol, at a reception held at the end of the first school week. Enrollment stands at 262 this fall. Other changes are on the horizon, including a $500,000 fitness center, scheduled for completion in October; new dormitory storage facilities; and a horseback riding arena. A major upgrade of technology infrastructure and hardware also was completed over the summer, thanks to gifts to the school totaling more than $240,000.

• Jerry Ramirez has been selected as global missions director at First Church in Lubbock in collaboration with Buckner Inter-national. Ramirez’s role also will include community ministry. He formerly worked for Buckner as church mobilization coordinator in West Texas. Jon Hogg, director and team leader for Buckner in West Texas, said this is the first collaboration of its kind in the United States, and he hopes it will be used as a prototype for future collaborations.

• George Gawrych, associate professor of history at Baylor University, has been awarded a Fulbright Senior Researcher Scholar grant to do research in Turkey during the 2008-2009 academic year. Gawrych is the fifth Baylor faculty member to receive a Fulbright award.

• Howard Payne University has welcomed new faculty members, including Toni Damron, assistant professor of social work; Kristen Hutchins, instructor in biology; Hank Maddux, associate professor of business administration; Steve Mills, associate professor of education; and Kim Rosato, instructor of exercise and sport science. New adjunct faculty members are James Darby, exercise and sport science; Connie Freeland, exercise and sport science; Laura Johnson, communication; Mandy Locker, political science; Larry Meadows, business administration; Minessa Mesic, exercise and sport science; Jeffrey Mitchell, mathematics; Jerome Nowowiejski, exercise and sport science; Gloria Priddy, criminal justice; Nancy Romig, English; and Vannessa Stewart, communication.


• Coggin Avenue Church in Brownwood, 100th, Sept. 7. Tim Skaggs is pastor.

• Wade Liberator, 25th, as pastor of assimilation and maturity at Champion Forest Church in Houston, Sept. 13.

• The Fellowship at Field Store, 10th, Sept. 14. John Chivvis is pastor.

• Kevin Kendrick, 20th, as minister of music at Mims Church in Conroe, Sept. 20. A reception will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

• Community Church in College Station, 10th, Sept. 20. Scot Stolz and Ross King also are marking 10 years as co-pastors. A homecoming celebration is planned for Oct. 25.

• Brent Bolton, fifth, as minister of youth at First Church in Cooper, Sept. 21.

• Grand Avenue Church in Amarillo, 60th, Sept. 21. A lunch will follow the morning service. David Driskill is pastor.

• Gahlen Warren, 10th, as pastor of Fellowship Missionary Church in Sherman, Sept. 27.

• Ruben Moreno, 10th, as pastor of Iglesia Emmanuel in Corpus Christi.

• International Church in Abilene, 30th, Oct. 5. Myung Kyo Lee is pastor.

• First Church in Galena Park, 90th, Oct. 19. The worship service will start at 10:30 a.m. For more information, call (713) 455-1261. Marcos Ramos is pastor.

• First Church in Hemphill, 150th, Oct. 25-26. An open house will be held Saturday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Historical displays and a time of remembrance with former pastors and staff will be included. Sunday’s 10 a.m. worship service will include celebratory music, testimonies from former pastors and staff, and a challenge for the church’s future. A lunch will follow. After the meal, a new historical marker will be unveiled. For more information, call (409) 787-3382. Aaron Pardue is pastor.


• Larry Martin, as pastor of West Shore Church in Sandia, Sept. 28. He has been in ministry 48 years. He also was pastor at Union Church in Rising Star, Ashley Road Church in San Antonio, Central Church in Brownwood, First Church in Christoval and First Church in Strawn. In addition, he served First Church in Paris as minister of outreach and Gardendale Church in Corpus Christi as minister of education and administration. Before coming to Sandia, he was director of missions of Coastal Bend Association 15 years. He and his wife, Golda, will live in the Corpus Christi Lake area, and he will be available for supply and interim pastorates.

• Jerl Watkins, after 29 years as pastor of First Church in Sweeney.


• Ruby Wheat, 89, June 13 in Wichita Falls. She served as an International Mission Board missionary from 1953 to 1984 at Wallace Memorial Hospital in Pusan, Korea. A graduate of Howard Payne University, the Baylor School of Nursing and Southwestern Seminary, she was a member of First Church in Wichita Falls. After retirement, she enjoyed speaking to Woman’s Missionary Union groups. She was preceded in death by her brothers, George and Frank Wheat. She is survived by her sister, Ruth Miller.

• Bill Arnold, 80, Aug. 19 in New Braunfels. He began his ministry as a pastor while still a student at Howard Payne University, when he was called as pastor of Jones Chapel Church in Brownwood. After graduating from Southwestern Seminary, he became pastor of First Church in Mason, and later served as pastor of First Church in Edcouch and First Church in Aransas Pass, where he served 10 years. In 1966, he became pastor of First Church in New Braunfels and served there until his retirement in 1983. Over the next 15 years, he served many churches as interim pastor, but always kept his membership at the New Braunfels church. He was preceded in death by his brother, James. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Gwen; sons, Jim, David and Billy;  sister, Betty Davis; seven grandchildren; and one great grandson.

• Milfred Lewis, 77, Sept. 2 in Houston. A longtime Baylor University supporter, he served nine years on the school’s board of trustees. Lewis, who earned his bachelor of business administration degree at Baylor in 1955, made the naming gift for the Lewis Art Building in the late 1970s. A charter member of Baylor’s Endowed Scholarship Society with his wife, Mary Lee, the couple established scholarships for athletes as well as business students, and also supported the Student Foundation’s scholarship efforts. They have been members of the Heritage Club, Old Main Society and Baylor Alumni Association. In 1988, they were recognized as members of the Medal-lion Fellowship. He was a member of Willow Meadows Church in Houston. He is survived by his wife of 53 years; daughter, Nancy Couch; sons, David, Robert and Mark; and eight grandchildren.


• Brentwood Church in Houston will hold a Hurricane Katrina commemoration service and family festival Sept. 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The commemoration service will begin the activities. Call (713) 852-1400 for more information. Joe Ratliff is pastor.

• The Crimson River Quartet will present a concert at Center Point Church in Weatherford Sept. 28 at 4 p.m. A time of fellowship and refreshments will follow the singing. Scott Seeley is pastor.

• Prairie Hill Church in Prairie Hill will honor Pastor Fred Sain for 59 years of service to the congregation Sept. 28. The church also will mark 123 years of service to the community Oct. 18.


• Glenn Benningfield, Les Plagens and Brady Rountree as deacons at First Church in Goldthwaite.

• Dewey Bellows as a deacon at Blanconia Church in Refugio.


• First Church, Poolville; Sept. 14-17; evangelist, Robert Barge; pastor, Christopher Keefer.

• First Church, Ralls, Sept. 21-24; evangelist, Robert Barge; pastor, Larry Carson.

• Trinity Memorial Church, Marlin; evangelist, Jeff Gore; pastor, Robby Wynn.

• Rochelle Church, Rochelle; Sept. 25-29; evangelist, Robert Barge; music, Jeff Gore; pastor, Kenneth Barr.

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