Major gift endows chair at Truett Seminary

An anonymous gift of $1.5 million established the William J. Abraham Endowed Chair at Trout Theological Seminary’s Wesley School. Jeff and Debbie Woolley Woodway has an additional $1 million gift to create a scholarship to support program students. The awarded chair is the first chair created by Baylor University Illuminates Chairs Matching Program, which supports Give Light campaign goals to increase the positions of talented faculty members. “Baylor Illuminates The Matching Chairs Program was created to inspire more members of the Baylor family to come along with our efforts to grow and endowment with the Baylor faculty, and we are grateful for this first chair in Troit, in memory of Dr. “Baylor Chief Linda A. Livingston She said.

Rachel Wimpey’s artwork on display at East Texas Baptist University features “Let There Be,” a 7-panel series depicting the Genesis story of God’s creation, as well as two individual works titled “All I Have,” a depiction of a 5,000 feeding found in John 6, and “The Lion of Judah”. (ETBU photo)

artist Rachel Wimpey She visited East Texas Baptist University in mid-November to present her art as a gift to the university and to talk to students during church. Her artwork, now on display at ETBU, features “Let There Be,” a 7-panel series depicting the Genesis account of God’s creation, as well as two individual works titled “All I Have,” a depiction of a 5,000 feeding found in John 6, and “The Lion of Judah”. For two years she worked on the project “Let There Be”. “When God speaks, everything changes. The atmosphere, the particles, everything goes in line with what he says,” Wimpey said. “I really learned about the power of God in doing this project.”

Karen Alexander

It is called Dallas Baptist University Karen Alexander, a former missionary who teaches English and Spanish courses in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, named Piper Distinguished Professor of the Year. Alexander, who has been at DBU for about 10 years, earned her undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral degrees from Baylor University. She also earned a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Virginia and did her Postdoctoral studies in Spanish at the National University of Cordoba in Argentina. Before coming to DBU, she and her husband, Mark, worked for 25 years with the Southern Baptist Convention International Mission Board in Argentina.

Photo taken at Howard Payne University Career Summit (from left to right) Callie Lowry, Assistant Vice President of Alumni Relations; Scott Venable, pastor of Northwood Church in Keeler; Clay West Minister of Small Groups and Administration at Collegiate Baptist Church in Huntsville; Joe King, owner of Bishop Distributing in Brownwood; and Jennifer MacNeice, Director of Experiential Learning and Professional Development. (HPU image)

Howard Payne University welcomed 120 students, university staff, alumni, and event sponsors to the university’s second annual Career Summit. The two-day event included a lunch seminar, a CV writing workshop, and professional consultations with alumni. Del Menicy, Vice President of Development at HPU, moderated a panel discussion at the luncheon. The speakers were Joe King, owner of Bishop Distributing in Brownwood; Natalia Lopez, an immigration attorney with offices in Brownwood and Fort Worth; Scott Venable, pastor of Northwood Church in Keeler; And Clay West, Minister of Small Groups and Administration at University Heights Baptist Church in Huntsville.

East Texas Baptist University welcomed retirees and members of the 1912 Legacy Society and awarded scholarship donors to campus on November 10 for the annual 1912 Heritage Society Luncheon. The Legacy 1912 community is made up of alumni and friends who ensure, through estate planning and other forms of planned giving, that resources are available to support ETBU far into the future. “The Legacy Society is named 1912 in honor of the year the charter was signed to establish a Christian college in Marshall, Texas,” ETBU President J. Blair Blackburn She said. “Every student at this luncheon is a student that our devoted donors have made possible, through their investments, to come to ETBU and pursue Christian education. We have a responsibility to the Lord, to each other, and to a future generation of students, to carry out what God has placed in our hands—a responsibility to ensure that this institution continues to exist. Faithful to Him and never to move from its foundation. A Christ-centered university.”

The baccalaureate program in Nursing at Howard Payne University School of Nursing has received accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

The baccalaureate program in Nursing at Howard Payne University School of Nursing has received accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. CCNE has been recognized by the US Secretary of Education as a national accrediting agency that ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate and residency programs in nursing. HPU’s undergraduate nursing program is accredited by CCNE after meeting the organization’s four accreditation criteria, relating to program mission and governance, institutional commitment and resources, curriculum and teaching, and evaluation and achievement of program outcomes. “The gold standard for nursing education in the baccalaureate is the national accreditation,” he said. Nina OumetDean of the College of Nursing and Professor of Nursing. “Accreditation from CCNE will confirm high-quality national education standards for our program. It enables our students to have more opportunities for graduate education and career options, as well as unlocking eligibility for additional student scholarships and financial aid.” In 2018, HPU School of Nursing received unanimous approval from the Texas Board of Nursing to offer a Bachelor of Science in Nursing prior to licensure. The organization confirmed its approval of the program in 2020.

The Baptist General Conference of Texas Leaders at the annual meeting of Texas Baptists announced the creation of the Rev. Spatikal Scholarship Program. Tammy TervurenThe Ministers’ Financial Health Director at the Ministerial Health Center, will lead the program aimed at assisting and encouraging churches in providing leave for their pastors. Texas Baptists developed the sabbatical grant program in response to the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has seen high rates of burnout for priests, increased stress, and difficulties finding time to separate ministry requirements. The scholarship program will help churches make pastoral leave possible by providing financial support of up to $2,000 to churches for temporary employment in the pastor’s absence and providing travel and financial assistance for the pastor. Overwhelmed priests are more likely to leave the ministry. We wish to support pastors and assist churches in providing comfort and renewal to their pastors by providing funds and resources to make sabbatical leave financially feasible and beneficial for congregants and the pastor,” explained Tervuren. To be eligible for the grant, churches must be affiliated with BGCT and contribute annually to the Texas Program Collaborative Baptists and submit a short essay A committee will review grant applications and select recipients based on eligibility criteria and essay answers Churches will be notified of grant approval or rejection within two weeks of application submission Applications will be accepted until the end of 2022 or until funds are no longer available. For information and to apply, visit txb.org/psgp.


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