• A free Kindermusik day will be held Aug. 5 at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. Classes will begin at 10 a.m. for children birth to 18 months and at 11 a.m. for children 18 months to 5 years. Parents should reserve a spot for the children’s music learning program by calling (254) 295-4686. Fall Kindermusick classes will begin Aug. 25, and registrations are currently being accepted.
• The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor will hold a summer commencement ceremony Aug. 9 at 10 a.m. Seventy-nine students will receive bachelor’s degrees, and 27 will be awarded master’s degrees.
• Dan Malone has been named general counsel for Dallas Baptist University. A graduate of Baylor University and Baylor Law School, he has practiced law 22 years in El Paso. He is a member of the board of directors of the Baptist Standard, and is a past member of the Baptist General Convention of Texas administrative committee. He was a longtime member of First Church in El Paso.
• East Texas Baptist University has named Joe Rodden dean of students and his wife, Lindsay, director of student activities. An ETBU assistant baseball coach in 2005, they return to the university after a stint in Indiana, where he served at Earlham College.
• Sharon Souter has been named dean of the Scott & White College of Nursing at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. She most recently served as director of the bachelor of science programs in the Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing at Hardin-Simmons University.
• Fred Loa has joined the faculty of Baptist University of the Americas as professor of cross-cultural business leadership and will serve as chair of that department. He comes from Baylor University, where he was a tenured associate professor.
• The Collegian, the newspaper of Houston Baptist University, won third place in the university and college newspaper nondaily division of the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors Competition.
• Doug Holtzclaw, 30th, as pastor of First Church in Goldthwaite, July 6.
• Joe Atkinson, 50th in ministry, Aug. 2. A reception will be held from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Mission Arlington’s Lockwood Community Center to honor him and his wife, Judy. Atkinson has held overseas crusades every year for the last 27 years in numerous countries, including the former Soviet Union, China, India, England, Scotland and Australia. In the United States, he has participated in more than 2,000 crusades. He has spoken and sung many times at the Southern Baptist Convention, the Baptist General Convention of Texas Evangelism Conference, state conventions and was a founding member of the Conference of Southern Baptist Evangelists.
• Calvary Church in Colorado City, 50th, Aug. 9-10. On Saturday night, the deacons will prepare a hamburger supper followed by a time of fellowship. Sunday morning’s service will feature former pastors Travis Monday and Sammy Elliott. A catered lunch will follow. Paul Smith is pastor.
• Immanuel Church in Talpa, 100th, Aug. 17. Registration and fellowship will begin at 10 a.m., and the morning service will follow at 11 a.m. A 2 p.m. afternoon service will follow a lunch. For more information, call (325) 365-3431. Loyd Hopper is pastor.
• First Church in Clyde, 125th, Aug. 24. A reception will be held at 8:30 a.m. in the fellowship hall. Worship will begin at 11 a.m. followed by a lunch. Toby Henson is pastor.
• Larry Venable, 25th, as pastor of Freeman Heights Church in Garland, Sept. 7. Bob Dean, executive director of Dallas Association, will speak in the morning service. A meal will follow.
• Mike Chancellor, as pastor of Crescent Heights Church in Abilene, Aug. 3. He served the Abilene church 15 years and was in ministry 33 years. He previously was pastor of First Church in Shamrock, Calvary Church in Mineral Wells and Seventh Street Church in Ballinger. He will be the responsible psychotherapist at the Polunsky Unit of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in Livingston.
• Larry Shotwell, 68, July 18 in San Angelo. He served as a minister of education in Georgia, Colorado and Dallas. Prior to coming to First Church in San Angelo in 1995, he worked at LifeWay Christian Resources 18 years, serving as manager of the adult program section of the Sunday school division 16 of those years. He authored three study course books and more than 160 articles for periodicals. At First Church in San Angelo, he had been minister of adults/outreach, minister of senior adults, and minister of education/senior adults. At the time of his death, his position was pastor’s visitation assistant, which he began in 2005. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Pat; sons, Wesley and Michael; brother, Bob Edd Shotwell; three grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; and two great-stepgrandchildren.
• Doug Haning to the ministry at Hebron Church in Tyler.
• John Husbands as a deacon at First Church in Conroe.
• The youth at Adamsville Church in Adamsville have begun a partnership with the Texas Highway Department to pick up litter on a two-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 281, on each side of the church. Thirteen teenagers, two mothers and two grandparents kicked of the program.
• San Gabriel Church, San Gabriel; Aug. 10-13; evangelist, Stan Coffey; pastor, Martin Parmer.