January 27, 2003
___ Texans receiving doctoral degrees at New Orleans Theological Seminary in December were William Hansen of Longview, doctor of ministry; Travis Burleson of Mart, doctor of ministry; and Rick Owen of Lubbock, doctor of philosophy.
___ Truett King, fifth, as associate pastor at First Church in Lewisville, Jan. 1.
___ Kim Greer, fifth, as associate music minister at First Church in Lewisville, Jan. 6.
___ Garry Bone, fifth, as minister of education at Columbus Avenue Church in Waco, Jan. 19.
___ Rocky Creek Church in Victoria, 30th, Jan. 19. A luncheon will follow the morning service, and a sandwich supper will follow the evening service. Special guests will be the Paul Cherry Family and the Calvary Singers. Terry Bartlett is pastor.
___ First Church in Cuero, 125th, Feb. 20. To celebrate, the church will hold a revival Feb. 19-23. Former pastor Bob Hairston will preach, and Larry Purkey of First Church in Kingsville will lead the music. Andrew Heard, a college student and church member, will speak Saturday on youth night. A luncheon will follow the Sunday morning service. Festivities will conclude with a 2 p.m. anniversary service and the dedication of the Concrete Church bell. The bell, made of cast iron, was originally at the Cuero Baptist Church in what is now known as Concrete. The bell will be permanently mounted on church grounds. Glenn Robertson is pastor.
___ Butch Smith, fifth, as pastor of Living Hope Church in College Station.
___ J.E. Burton, from the ministry after 28 years, the last three years as pastor of First Church in Cheek. He will enterthe intentional interim training program.
___ Don and Helen McNeely of Waco, as international coordinators for volunteers for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship after more than 26 years in missions. Their career assignments included Zambia, Mongolia and Berlin. From 1960 to 1975, he served several churches as minister of education, including Second Church in Houston. She also served the church as children's director. The couple joined the CBF in 1994 to serve as coordinators of volunteers in the newly opening areas of Eastern Europe. 1n 1997, they moved to Texas to become international coordinators of volunteers with global responsibility. They are members of First Church in Waco.
___ Diego Bosquez Jr., 74, Jan. 4 in Bryan. He was pastor of Primera Iglesia Hispana in Navasota. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Eunice. He is survived by his wife, Rosa; sons, Diego III and Daniel; daughters, Deborah and Diane Bosquez; step-children, Carlos and Rosa Espinoza; brothers, Eluterio, Frank, Roy, Juan and Ralph; sisters, Argelia Escobedo, Estela Garcia, Victoria Lara, Jean Benavides, Helen Medina, Esther Trejo and Orvilia Castro; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
___ Vernon Elmore, 81, Jan. 17 in Corpus Christi. He was pastor emeritus of First Church in Corpus Christi. He was pastor of Baptist Temple in San Antonio 15 years and the Corpus Christi church 23 years before retirement. He was a trustee of Southern Seminary 10 years and president of the Southern Baptist College Alumni of Texas. He received the distinguished alumnus award from Southern Baptist College in Bolivar, Mo., William Jewell College in Liberty, Mo., and Southern Seminary. He was elected vice president of the Baptist General Convention of Texas in 1961. He was a trustee and adjunct professor of the Baptist Learning Center of South Texas. He also wrote lessons for the Baptist Sunday School Board for more than 40 years and authored numerous articles for periodicals and three books. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Peggy; son, Don; and daughter, Joy Klepac.
___ Gerry Gunnin, 63, Jan. 18 in Dallas. He was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease in 1998. Gunnin was the founding president of Children's Medical Center Foundation, where his 10 years of leadership included launching what is now known as the Neiman-Marcus/Adolphus Hotel Children's Christmas Parade. A Baylor University graduate, he was a history professor at Oklahoma Baptist University from 1970 to 1981. He then worked in Baylor's development office until joining Children's Medical Foundation in 1985. In 1995, he became president of Presbyterian Healthcare Foundation, where he remained until taking medical retirement in 2001. He was a member of Royal Lane Church in Dallas. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Barbara, daughter, Shawn Gunnin; son, Mark; brothers, Bill and Don; and two grandchildren.
___ The women's ministry of First Church in Richardson is sponsoring "Hidden Treasures," a retreat to be held Feb. 21-22 at the Renaissance Hotel in Richardson. The cost per person is $73, with four people to a room, and includes dinner, breakfast and the overnight stay. Tickets are available from the church office at (972) 235-5296. The deadline to purchase tickets is Feb. 5.
___ Recording artist Sandi Patty will be in concert at South Main Church in Pasadena March 3 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $13, beginning Feb. 3. For more information, call (281) 487-8200.
___ Robert Broussard to the ministry Jan. 12.
___ Cory Brand to the ministry at Southside Church in Monahans.
___ Robert Hudson, Chris Fowler, Bobby Davis, Marie Farley, Kay Ardis and Brad Randall as deacons at First Church in Richardson Jan. 19.
___ Mitch Cutsinger, Randy Johnson and Shelli Wright as deacons at South Main Church in Houston.
___ Paul Ellis to First Church in Temple as a deacon.
___ Lamar Church, Beaumont; Jan. 31-Feb. 2; evangelist, Parks Walker; music, Lynn Ester; pastor, Warren Wargo.
___ Fellowship Church, Goldthwaite; Feb. 2-5; evangelist, Jack Willoughby; *music, Allison Ware; pastor, Stuart Farrell.
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