CBF of Texas elects officers, sets budget

CBF of Texas elects officers, sets budget

Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Texas elected a pair of officers and adopted a quarter-million-dollar budget during its gathering, held in conjunction with the national CBF general assembly June 18.

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Texas Tidbits: Howard Payne receives grant for scholarships

Howard Payne University has received $25,000 in scholarship funds from TexasBank through the Doss Foundation. The gift to HPU for its Heart of Texas Scholarship Fund was part of an $88,000 contribution to Brownwood-area high schools and colleges for scholarships in 2015. In the last seven years, the Doss Foundation has donated more than $500,000 to educational institutions in the region.

CBF elects Texans to leadership. The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship elected nine Texas Baptists to national leadership positions during its 2015 general assembly, June 17-19.  Beasley, senior pastor of Broadway Baptist Church in Fort Worth, was elected to the governing board. Jackie Baugh Moore, vice president of the Eula Mae and John Baugh Foundation in San Antonio, and Mark Wingfield, associate pastor of Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas, were elected to the missions council. Katie Sciba, medical social worker with AARN Health Services in Stafford, was electged CBF recorder. Christopher Mack, minister of young adults at Trinity Baptist Church in San Antonio, and Jenny Howell, a doctoral candidate and adjunct faculty member in the Religion Department at Baylor University in Waco, were elected to the nominating committee. Patricia Ayres, a ranching, business and investment professional from Austin; Os Chrisman, a judge and attorney from Dallas; and George Cowden, an attorney from San Antonio, were elected to the CBF Foundation.

Electrician killed at Baylor construction site. Jeffrey Thaemert, 51, of Waco, an independent electrician, died June 12 in an accident at the construction site of Baylor University’s Paul L. Foster Campus for Business and Innovation. jeffrey thaemert103Jeffrey Thaemert“This is a terrible tragedy that touches every member of our community,” Baylor President Ken Starr said. “Our thoughts and prayers go immediately to the family of Mr. Thaemert and his friends. As those whose hope outshines our earthly bodies, we find peace in these unhappiest of times knowing that the Lord we serve is near to the brokenhearted and that he goes to prepare a place for us. We pray that this same peace, which transcends all understanding, would provide comfort to the Thaemert family at this very sad hour.” The incident marked the second death involving a construction worker at Baylor in the recent past. Last year, Jose Davrio Suarez was killed while working on the pedestrian bridge to connect McLane Stadium to the Baylor campus. 

BUA named most affordable Bible college in Texas. Baptist University of the Américas ranks No. 1 in Texas in terms of affordability and among the top 20 most affordable Bible colleges in the United States and Canada, according to a survey of 1,200 colleges and universities conducted by the Association for Biblical Higher Education. The survey determined the top 50 institutions that offer Bible-based, Christian education. Schools were selected on the basis of their ministry programs, academics, financial aid and focus on Christian culture. BUA offers bachelor’s degrees in business leadership, biblical and theological studies, human behavior, music, and Spanish language and literature, along with an associate degree in cross-cultural Studies.

Women in Ministry honors Austin church. Baptist Women in Ministry presented its 2015 Church of Excellence Award to First Baptist Church of Austin on the eve of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship general assembly in Dallas June 17. The award recognizes congregations for the advocacy of and support for women engaged in ministry. The Austin church was a leader in ordaining women as deacons and ordaining women to the gospel ministry, the award presentation noted. From 2000 to 2014 under the leadership of former Pastor Roger Paynter, the church ordained 10 women to ministry, and all of them still are active in ministry. At First Baptist, leaders come from both genders, “just as God intended it to be,” Paynter said.

CBF Foundation honors two Texans. Babs Baugh of San Antonio and Patsy Weeks of Bangs received awards from the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Foundation during the CBF general assembly in Dallas. Baugh accepted the Patricia Ayres Award for Generous Giving. She is president of the Eula Mae and John Baugh Foundation, which has supported a wide array of Baptist causes across several decades, and she has served on boards of directors of numerous Baptist organizations. Weeks received the CBF Foundation Award of Excellence. She is a retired librarian and has supported CBF weekly for years. Both 2015 recipients reflect “a lifestyle of giving,” CBF Foundation President James Smith said.

Randall tapped to lead Religious Liberty Council. The Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty’s Religious Liberty Council elected Mitch Randall, pastor of NorthHaven Baptist Church in Norman, Okla.—a congregation affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas—as co-chair June 19. Randall’s election occurred during the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship’s general assembly in Dallas. The council’s representatives on the Baptist Joint Committee board are Jackie Baugh Moore of Fair Oaks Ranch, vice president of the Eula Mae and John Baugh Foundation, and Jesse Rincones of Lubbock, executive director of the Hispanic Baptist Convention of Texas.

Obituary: Julia Graham

Julia Graham, 98, longtime missionary to the Middle East with her husband Finlay Graham, died June 17 in Dallas.

Mormonism gradually moving closer to Christianity, Truett professor observes

Mormonism moving closer to Christianity, Truett prof observes

While political alliances between Southern Baptists and Mormons on issues like same-sex marriage are nothing new, a Baptist scholar asserts the two camps have more in common theologically than many assume.

Culp and Spooner receive Texas Baptist Legacy Awards

Culp and Spooner receive Texas Baptist Legacy Awards

Jim Culp and Bernie Spooner received Texas Baptist Legacy Awards at a ceremony at historic Independence Baptist Church. They cumulatively devoted more than four decades to service on the Baptist General Convention of Texas Executive Board staff.

Students rehabilitate South Dallas homes during Bounce

Armed with hammers, power tools, paint and enthusiasm, 100 junior high and high school students served in South Dallas June 8-13 to help repair homes through Urban Bounce.

Pastor launches courthouse prayer movement

Pastor launches courthouse prayer movement

A Houston Baptist pastor envisions Christians gathering to pray once a week outside every county courthouse in Texas.

Texas Tidbits: Governor signs pastor protection bill

Texas Tidbits: Governor signs pastor protection bill

Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law a bill protecting Texas pastors and churches from lawsuits or state penalties for refusing to participate in same-sex weddings. The bill—supported by Texas Baptists’ Christian Life Commission—bars lawsuits and government penalties against ministers who refuse to officiate or churches that refuse to make their facilities available for same-sex wedding ceremonies if those actions violate sincerely held religious belief. “Religious leaders in the state of Texas must be absolutely secure in the knowledge that religious freedom is beyond the reach of government or coercion by the courts,” Abbott said.

Baptist Foundation of Texas hires investment consultant. Baptist Foundation of Texas has hired consultant Roddy Cummins to work with the foundation’s investment team. His appointment comes after launching a marketing and branding study earlier this year to understand the brand perception among critical stakeholders. roddy cummins130Roddy CumminsCummins, who brings more than three decades of experience in the nonprofit sector to his new position, will provide direction and expertise on the development of new, flexible product offerings in the investment department. Prior to his retirement in March, Cummins served as chief investment officer at GuideStone Capital Management from 1998 to 2015. He previously worked for the Baptist Foundation of Texas from 1991 to 1998. A member of the National Society of Institutional Investment Professionals Texas Advisory Board, the Baylor Scott & White Specialty Healthcare System Board and the Parkland Foundation Investment Committee, Cummins earned a bachelor of business administration degree in finance with honors from Texas A&M University and is a chartered financial analyst. 

Shallowater pastor named director of church evangelism. Mitch Wilson, former pastor of First Baptist Church in Shallowater, has been named director of church evangelism with the Baptist General Convention of Texas. mitch wilson130Mitch WilsonHe served 19 years at the church in Shallowater, near Lubbock. In his new role, which began June 1, Wilson will encourage Texas Baptists in evangelism among the 12 million unchurched people in Texas. Through leading evangelism events Engage and (un)Apologetic conferences and spearheading the Pray 4 Every Home initiative, Wilson will help church leaders develop strategies for intentional and relational evangelism. Previously, Wilson was pastor at River Road Baptist Church in Amarillo and was a bivocational youth minister while a student at Wayland Baptist University. In addition graduating from Wayland, he also attended Southwestern Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Mindy, have two children and four grandchildren. 

Obituary: Dan McLendon Sr.

Dan McLendon Sr., 98, died June 3 in San Antonio. He was longtime education director and associate pastor at Trinity Baptist Church in San Antonio and vice president at Baptist Child and Family Services.

Chaplains trained to shine the light in dark situations

Chaplains trained to shine the light in dark situations

The Mary Hill Davis Offering for Texas Missions is helping certify chaplains to minister in hospitals, the military and a wide range of other settings, and in turn to train others.

North Texas association launches initiative to pray for every home

North Texas association launches initiative to pray for every home

Churches of Collin Baptist Association wanted to emphasize prayer, starting with their own neighborhoods. Now, their vision is expanding across the state.

Ministry comes full circle for Texas Baptist musician

Ministry comes full circle for Texas Baptist musician

After serving in youth ministry almost a decade, Buna native Micah Tyler saw God provide opportunities and open doors to communicate the gospel creatively through songs.

Connecting faith and sports can be challenging, Truett Seminary professor says

Connecting faith, sports can be challenging, Truett professor says

A top athlete himself, John White says it can be difficult getting athletes, coaches and teams to see the value in acknowledging their bodies belong to Christ.

ommission backs off plan to allow historical racing terminals

Commission backs off plan to allow historical racing terminals

Opponents of gambling expansion in Texas haven’t entered the winner’s circle yet, but with the finish line in sight, they appear to have scored a major victory in defeating slot-machine-style historical racing terminals at horse and greyhound tracks.

San Angelo volunteers serve hungry bus passengers

San Angelo volunteers serve hungry bus passengers

First Baptist Church in San Angelo takes snack sacks to passengers on the afternoon bus that stops there each Sunday for one simple reason—hungry people.

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