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Jeff Reeter, managing partner of Northwestern Mutual Texas Financial Group, will speak on Christian business ethics Oct. 30 at 6 p.m. at Houston Baptist University’s Belin Chapel. The speech is part of the Prince-Chavanne Distinguished Lecture Series held annually to focus on Christian ethics.

A free job search workshop will be held from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 8 at The Heights Church in Richardson. The workshop will teach job-search skills, including finding your job focus, resume critique and development, effective networking, 30-second elevator presentation, interviewing techniques, 2-minute verbal resume and more. A free lunch and materials will be provided. Preregistration is recommended due to limited seating. To register, send name, phone number and e-mail address to

Bobby and Jacqueline Fuller

Wayland Baptist University will hold a preview event for high school students and possible transfer students Nov. 15. For more information, call (800) 588-1928.

Bobby and Jacqueline Fuller have been appointed by the North American Mission Board, in cooperation with the Baptist General Convention of Texas, to work as missionaries in Freeport. He has been named associational ministry evangelism director for Gulf Coast Association and will continue to support the Texas Port Ministry, which he has served as director since February 2007.

Ryan Trask and Tatenda Tavaziva have received the Gary and Diane Heavin Servant Leadership Award from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. The awards included $1,000 cash for each student, a portion of which they donated to an organization of their choice. The Heavins established the endowment to fund the award to remind students of the importance of philanthropy, ministry and community service.

The Collegian, Houston Baptist University’s student newspaper, has received an All-American rating from the Associated College Press for 2007-2008. This is the eighth time the newspaper has received the rating, the highest given to any publication.

Two families were honored during Baylor University homecoming activities. The Wolf-Sims family was named the 2008 First Family of Baylor by the Baylor Alumni Assoc-iation. Four generations of the Wolf-Sims family have attended Baylor. Thirty-three family members make up the four generations of family members attending Baylor. In addition, Jim and Joanna Nelson were announced as Baylor’s Parents of the Year by the university and the Baylor Parents League. They are members of Hyde Park Church in Austin.

The Howard Payne University Moot Court squad was the top-ranking school at the Texas Undergraduate Moot Court Association competition held in Fort Worth this month. The seven teams from HPU had the highest combined score of the 14 universities represented.

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University of Mary Hardin-Baylor officials cut the ribbon between the stone columns of the Paul and Jane Meyer Christian Studies Center, signalling its official opening. Shown participating in the ribbon-cutting ceremony are Vicky Bawcom, UMHB President Jerry Bawcom, and Paul and Jane Meyer, who provided the lead $1 million gift toward the building’s construction. The 18,800-square-foot building provides space for classes, meetings and special events.

Travis Jones of Tyler and Stacie Hooks of High Island were named king and queen during East Texas Baptist University homecoming activities.

Joy Fenner, president of the Baptist General Convention of Texas, has been named a distinguished alumnus at Paris Junior College.


Allan Cox, 50th in ministry, Oct. 1. The East Texas Area church music consultant with the Baptist General Convention of Texas since 2000, he served numerous churches as minister of music and taught music at East Texas Baptist University in Marshall eight years.

First Church in West, 150th, Nov. 2. As a part of the celebration the church will unveil its Ebenezer stone, or “stone of help”—a five-feet-high and three-feet-wide stone. Each person who attends will receive a smaller stone with the Scripture from 1 Samuel 7:12 etched on it. Marty Mosher, representing the Baptist General Convention of Texas, and Paul Stripling of Waco Regional Baptist Network will be special guests. Former pastor Mike Milburn will preach. Former worship leaders Kim and Bruce Greer will lead the music. After the service, a lunch and program will be held at Latham Springs Encamp-ment. John Crowder is pastor.

David Carrington, fifth, as pastor of First Church in Granite Shoals, Nov. 9.

Simpsonville Church in Pittsburg, 155th, Nov. 9. Former pastor Holland Atchley will be the guest speaker. Church members will be dressed in clothing to depict the era. A meal and time of remembrance will follow the morning service. Richard Wells is pastor.

Eastridge Church in Red Oak, 75th, Nov. 16. The church has had a number of name changes through the years, beginning in 1933 as Oak Cliff Central Church in Dallas. In 1938, it moved and became Clarendon Drive Church, and then in 1966, it became Sunny Glen Church. The church moved to its present location in 2000. A celebration service will begin at 10 a.m. with a lunch to follow. Jack Ables is pastor.

James Crawford, 10th, as pastor of Progressive Church in Hearne, Dec. 1.


Ida Church in Sherman will hold a communitywide fall festival Nov. 1 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Music will be brought by Home Grown and Heaven Bound. In addition, there will be games, bounce houses, and food. Phillip Smith is pastor.


Kris Knippa to the ministry at First Church in Earth.

Kerry Drake to the ministry at Claytonville Church in Kress.


First Church, Devers; Oct. 26-30; evangelist, Paul Cherry; music, The Cherry Family; pastor, Harry McDaniel.

Loop Church, Loop; Oct. 26-29; evangelist, Robert Barge; music, Larry Dauster; pastor, James Shelton.

Greenwood Church, Saltillo; Nov. 2-4; evangelist, Ron Herring; pastor, Mike Freeman.


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