Around the state
___ Five Texans recently received degrees from Southeastern Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C. Jason Cherry of Plano received the master of arts in counseling ministry degree. Receiving master of divinity degrees were Rawlin DeLap of Sherman, William Dodson of Lubbock, Randolph Moten of Houston and Ronald Witcher of Lampasas.
___ First Church in Dallas recently held a noteburning ceremony signifying the retirement of a $6.5 million debt in a nine-month period. With the debt retirement, the
church now owns nearly six acres of downtown Dallas property with more than 1 million square feet of space. Mac Brunson is pastor.
|SOUTHLAND CHURCH in San Angelo has won an outstanding architectural design award from Texas Construction Magazine for its new sanctuary. The new building is filled with theological symbolism, according to former Pastor Dan Williams, who became director of the Texas Baptist Laity Institute. A 20-ton block of concrete and steel that anchors the building and an arch at the center-aisle entry represent God the Father. A double truss that spans the length of the building symbolizes the Holy Spirit. A cross reminds the church of the weight of worship and 12 windows the apostles.
___ Voth Church in Beaumont will hold a homecoming celebration June 18. A luncheon will follow the morning service, and homecoming festivities will begin at 2 p.m. Blute Humble, pastor from 1958 to 1963, will preach in the morning service. Don Plott is pastor.
___ Cooper Creek Church in Denton will hold a groundbreaking ceremony June 18 for an 18,950-square-foot sanctuary and education facility. Bob Joyce is pastor.
___ W.L. Walker retired as pastor of Cedar Creek Church in Whitney May 21.
___ Meeler Markham, 85, recently retired as pastor of Black Creek Church in Devine after serving there 14 years. He has also served as a director of missions, state missions secretary and editor.
___ Lynn Godsey celebrated his 15th annivesary as pastor of Templo de Poder in Ennis June 1.
___ Ray Rivers celebrated his fifth anniversary as pastor of Paluxy Church in Paluxy June 4.
___ James Shupp celeberated his fifth anniversary as pastor of Fairview Church in Sherman June 5.
___ Bob Elliott, interim pastor of Cedar Bayou Church in Baytown, celebrated 50 years of ministry along with his birthday June 7. He is also the staff evangelist at First Church in Baytown.
___ Lowell Howard celebrated his 10th anniversary as pastor of Antioch Church in Bells June 10.
___ First Church in Westbrook will celebrate its 110th anniversary June 18. A catered meal will be served following the morning service. Bobby Lane is pastor.
___ Daniel Luper, 79, May 27 in Dallas. Luper was an emeritus Southern Baptist missionary to equatorial Brazil, where he and his wife, Julia, were appointed in 1948. He worked as an evangelist, pastor, professor and director of several Baptist educational institutions in Brazil. The Lupers retired in 1986. Prior to missionary service, he had been pastor of churches in Ferris and Dallas. He is survived by his wife; sons, Timothy, Leon, John and Harold; and daughter, Kathie Mansell.
___ Jerry Hodges, 64, June 5 in Wichita Falls. Hodges was the retired pastor of Western Hills Church in Wichita Falls, where he served 26 years, and was serving as mission consultant for North Central Texas Area the last year. He also was pastor of a church in Seymour and one in Utah. He was a member of Shepherd of the Hills Church in Nocona. He was preceded in death by his son, Jerry Ray. He is survived by his wife, Shirley; daughters, Sharron Heard and Dianna Harris; son, Jimmy; mother, Pearl Pittman; step-mother, Rosella Hodges; brothers, Kenneth, Wayne, Ralph and Randy; sister, Paula Phynix; and seven grandchildren.
___ Finis O'Neal, 88, May 27 in Enid, Okla. Neal was involved in pioneer ministry in Kansas, and pastored churches in Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma. Survivors include his daughters, Jean Webster and Marla Chadwick; sons, Cliff, Larry, Tom and Tim; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
___ Tom Lamb to the ministry at First Church in Dike.
___ Dennis Pierce to the ministry at Clearview Church in Marshall.
___ Steve Carr as deacon at First Church in Burleson.
___ David Depauw at Belmont Church in Abilene.
___ First Church, Yorktown; June 18-23; preacher, Bryan Padgett; music, David Quinones; pastor, Billy Koinm.
___ Carlisle Church, Lubbock; June 18-23; preacher, Herman Cramer; music, The Cherrys; pastor, Howard Maine.
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