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• JoyLynn Reed has been named associate provost at the University of Mary Hardin--Baylor.

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JoyLynn Reed has been named associate provost at the University of Mary Hardin–Baylor.

Teo Cisneros has been named vice president for development at Baptist University of the Americas in San Antonio. He previously served BUA as a board member and board chairman. Since 1984, he has been pastor of Templo Jerusalem Church in Victoria. In 2001, he concurrently served as pastor of Primera Iglesia in La Grange, where he taught BUA extension courses.

Amber Forrest of Huntington was named East Texas Baptist University’s Senior Girl Call-Out. The Senior Girl Call-Out is a tradition began in 1947. Twenty-six senior girls participated in the ceremony, with Forrest as the designee chosen by faculty and staff.

Five students in the Douglas MacArthur Academy of Freedom honors program at Howard Payne University have been selected to receive the Hatton W. Summers Foundation Scholarship. Recipients include Cara Brewer of Eastland, Trevor Brown of Bay City, Dane Richardson of Tyler, Tristan Summers of Beeville and Lauren Teel of Canton.

Jillian Tappan has been named coordinator of the foster care program at STARRY, a nonprofit organization that provides Christian foster care families for children in Williamson County. It is a ministry of Children at Heart Ministries, an agency of the Baptist General Convention of Texas.

Max Smith and Donald Rollins were honored with awards for teaching excellence at San Marcos Baptist Academy’s commencement ceremony.

Barbara Curtis, academic counselor in the College of Adult Education, has been named adviser of the year at Dallas Baptist University.

Dwayne McCrary, minister of education at First Church in Nederland, has received his doctor of educational ministry degree from New Orleans Theological Seminary.


Mike Bender, 20th, as pastor of First Church in Christine, May 4.

Robert Graven, 10th, as pastor of Belmont Church in Abilene, May 11.

Mike Chancellor, 15th, as pastor of Crescent Heights Church in Abilene, May 18.

Potosi Church in Abilene, 120th, June 1. Jim McCurley is pastor.

Jim Durham, 20th, as pastor of First Church in Kennard, June 8.

Mount Sylvan Church in Mount Sylvan, 130th, June 15. A meal will follow the morning service. Robert Davenport is pastor.

Mount Olive Church in Paris, 130th, June 29. Several former staff are expected to participate in the morning service. A meal and remembrance service will follow. For more information, call (903) 785-7953. Tim Reger is pastor.


Nancy Pollard, as children’s choir minister at Champion Forest Church in Houston, June 15. She has served the church 12 years.


Toni Cramer, May 24 in Round Rock, following a four-month battle with pancreatic cancer. Her husband, Don, is vice president/chief operating officer of the Children at Heart Foundation. She was a member of Crestview Church in Georgetown, where she was an interpreter to the deaf. She is survived by her husband of 37 years; daughters, Dawn Cramer and Ronda McClure; and two grandchildren.


Open Door Church, Crockett; June 15-18; evangelist, Herman Cramer; music, Paul and Christy Newberry; pastor, Davis Thornton.

Central Church, Liberty; June 22-25; evangelist, Paul Cherry; music, The Cherry Family; pastor, Jim Murray.

Lake Church, Grapeland; June 22-25; evangelist, Herman Cramer; music, Paul and Christy Newberry; interim pastor, Bill Martin.


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