August 25, 1999

Baptist Briefs
___bluebull Walker nominated to head BJC. A search committee voted unanimously Aug. 18 to nominate Brent Walker, 48, as the next executive director of the Baptist Joint Committee. Walker, an attorney and ordained Baptist minister, currently is general counsel and associate executive director of the religious-liberty agency based in Washington, D.C. Subject to confirmation by the agency's directors at their Oct. 4-5 meeting, Walker will succeed James Dunn, who has directed the agency since January 1981.

___bluebull Midwestern trustees call special meeting. Sixteen trustees of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary have requested a called meeting of the full board to discuss the leadership of seminary President Mark Coppenger, according to a report by Associated Baptist Press. Coppenger earlier confessed "misappropriation of anger" at a called meeting of the trustee executive committee July 30. Seminary bylaws permit as few as 10 trustees to request a called meeting. The date for the meeting has not been determined.

___bluebull Vinson leads SWBTS undergrad programs. Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth has reorganized its undergraduate programs to bring them all under one structure. Bill Vinson, director of lay theological studies, has been named director of undergraduate studies. The new unit encompasses lay theological studies, the diploma program, seminary extension program and certification for bivocational ministers.

___bluebull Kents honored. Dan and Barbara Kent of Fort Worth were honored in San Diego, Calif., July 17 at the biennial conference of Christians for Biblical Equality. They received the organization's Priscilla and Aquilla Award for taking a stand against the Southern Baptist Convention's 1998 statement on family, which faculty and staff at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary were required to affirm. Dan Kent, an Old Testament professor, took early retirement rather than sign the statement. Barbara Kent is former housing director at the seminary.

___bluebull Volunteers sought for Kosovo. The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship is seeking volunteers to spend two weeks in Kosovo helping returned refugees prepare for winter. Initial plans call for volunteers to work in Gjakova with Samaritan's Purse and in Pristina with Love in Action. Volunteers are needed for food distribution and warehouse coordination. Carpenters also are needed. The cost will be $1,840 per person, which includes airfare, insurance, housing and most meals. Contact Marie Moore at (770) 220-1631 or mmoore@cbfnet.org.


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