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July 14, 1999





TEXAS TIDBITS

___bluebull Southwestern's Lea dies of cancer. Tommy Lea, 60, theology dean at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, died July 2 after a four-and-a-half-year battle with cancer. Lea "led with vision and compassion" and "had the unique
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ability to stand with clear conviction and yet build consensus among the faculty," Seminary President Ken Hemphill noted. In public statements, Lea stressed his illness had not shaken his faith in God. "I have renewed the conviction that God is sovereignly in charge, even in my sickness," Lea said. "He has not left me. He is concerned about my spiritual good." Prior to joining the seminary in 1979, Lea was pastor of churches in Alabama and Virginia and assistant pastor of Cliff Temple Baptist Church in Dallas. He was a graduate of Mississippi State University and Southwestern Seminary. Survivors include his wife, Beverly; three children, Lisa Rutledge of Arlington, Marcie Funk, a missionary in Africa, and Clifton Thomas of Edmond, Okla.; and five grandchildren.

___bluebull Lake named dean of chapel at Baylor. Baylor University President Robert Sloan has appointed Todd Lake as the university's dean of the chapel and minister to the university community. He succeeds Milton Cunningham, who retired in May. Lake, who since 1997 has been campus minister at Wingate College in North Carolina, is a graduate of Harvard University, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Andover-Newton Theological School. For nine years, he was pastor of Cambridgeport Baptist Church in Cambridge, Mass., and also served as Baptist chaplain at Harvard.

___bluebull Truett honors Alumni by Choice. The alumni association of Baylor University's Truett Theological Seminary has named its inaugural class of "Alumni by Choice," for people who did not graduate from Truett but desire to identify with the new seminary. First inductees are Charles Wade, pastor of First Baptist Church of Arlington; Brian Harbour, pastor of First Baptist Church of Richardson; David Currie, executive director of Texas Baptists Committed; George Mason, pastor of Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas; and Bill and Carol Brian, members of First Baptist Church of Amarillo.



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