May 7, 2001

Baptist Briefs
___bluebull Hancock to New Mexico. John Hancock, a regional accounts specialist with the Annuity Board of the Southern Baptist Convention in Dallas, has been elected business administrator of the Baptist Convention of New Mexico. He succeeds former Texas pastor Francis Wilson, who is retiring. Hancock, 48, has worked with the Annuity Board the last 16 years. He and his wife, Kathy, are members of Colonial Hills Baptist Church in Cedar Hill.
___bluebull Organ training offered. Baylor University's School of Music will offer two institutes this summer to help solve a shortage of church organists. The institutes, scheduled June 10-16 and June 17-22, are designed to teach pianists how to play organ and give organists a chance to sharpen their skills. More information is available by calling (254) 710-1417 or writing by e-mail to Joyce_Jones@baylor.edu.
___bluebull Reno to speak at Baylor. Former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno will speak on ethics in public service during a public speech at Baylor University Sept. 13. Reno also will share reflections on the 1993 Branch Davidian standoff near Waco. Information about tickets for the 7:30 p.m. speech will be released in August.
___bluebull Theodore named vice president. Steve Theodore has been named vice president for enrollment management at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. This is a new position in which he will help determine the types of programs future students are seeking. He has been director of admissions and recruiting since 1999.
___bluebull Clarification: An April 23 news brief stated that both current and future faculty at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C., would be required to sign the 2000 Baptist Faith & Message. Further information made available after that publication has clarified the requirement as applying only to new faculty. Current faculty, though not required to sign the statement, previously voted to affirm it.

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