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  • Send, TX relief efforts boost DR work in Harvey's wake

    by Jane Rodgers/TEXAN Correspondent, posted Tuesday, October 17, 2017 (3 days ago)

    File photo by Carmen K. Sisson
    VIDOR, Texas (BP) -- Traditionally trained Southern Baptist Disaster Relief teams are receiving an influx of new workers in the form of newly minted volunteers signing on with the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention's Texas Relief program, and college students recruited from across the United States to participate in the North American Mission Board's Send Relief outreach.

    Over the weekend of Oct 7, the first college crews from Send Relief descended upon churches in the Golden Triangle where teams of college kids were assigned to work alongside seasoned SBTC disaster relief volunteers. Read More

  • Churches moving forward on massive 'Texas Rebuild'

    by Bonnie Pritchett/Southern Baptist TEXAN, posted Friday, September 29, 2017 (21 days ago)

    HOUSTON (BP) -- In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Southern Baptist churches and ministries in Texas and outside the state are planning the next phase of recovery -- getting people back into their homes and church buildings.

    And they are depending on God to move in hearts across the nation to accomplish the impossible.

    Estimates of the damage are hard to comprehend, Terry Wright, pastor of Vidor First Baptist Church, told the TEXAN. Just in Orange County, where his church is located, 80 percent of the homes went under water -- some up to the eaves. ... Read More

  • 95-year-old DR volunteer is a 'woman on mission'

    by Jane Rodgers, posted Thursday, September 21, 2017 (one month ago)

    Photo by Steve Washburn
    PFLUGERVILLE, Texas (BP) -- When 95-year-old Mary Katie Riddle of Wimberley, Texas, spied stacks of soiled Cambro containers, she did not hesitate.

    The containers needed washing before they could be refilled with food prepared by the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention Disaster Relief mass feeding team at First Baptist Church in Pflugerville.

    Riddle, who turns 96 on Friday (Sept. 22), plunged in with both hands. Read More

  • W.Va. state convention pres. Ron McCoy dies

    by David Roach, posted Monday, December 12, 2016 (10 months ago)

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    WHEELING, W.Va. (BP) -- Ron McCoy, the second-term president of the West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists who urged his state's Baptists last month to be catalysts for revival, died Dec. 8 after a battle with cancer. He was 78.

    Associational missionary for the Upper Ohio Valley Baptist Association in Wheeling, W.Va., since 2014, McCoy was elected WVCSB president in 2015 and again last month.

    Addressing attendees at the WVCSB annual meeting Nov. 3-4 in Triadelphia, ... Read More

  • W.Va. Baptists set goals for 2020

    by Cleve Persinger, posted Monday, November 21, 2016 (11 months ago)

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    TRIDELPHIA, W.Va. (BP) -- Gathering around the theme "a new day," West Virginia Southern Baptists were introduced to three new convention strategists and presented with four-year goals for church planting and baptisms.

    Meeting Nov. 3-4 at the Fairfield Inn and Suites Wheeling Triadelphia at The Highlands in Triadelphia, W.Va., 155 messengers and 48 guests marked a 120 percent increase in total attendance over last year's West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists annual meeting. Read More

  • Black pastors attend prayer & listening session

    by Keith Collier/Southern Baptist TEXAN, posted Tuesday, July 26, 2016 (one year ago)

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    GRAPEVINE, Texas (BP) -- Nearly two dozen black pastors met with Southern Baptists of Texas Convention Executive Director Jim Richards and convention staff for a prayer and listening session on racial reconciliation amid national tensions stemming from black men being killed by police in Baton Rouge, La., and St. Paul, Minn., as well as gunmen killing police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge.

    Richards invited the SBTC pastors to discuss ways the convention can assist churches of all ethnicities in working together for racial reconciliation in their communities. Read More

  • SBDR work continues amid Canada's 'Beast' wildfire

    by Josie Rabbitt, posted Thursday, June 02, 2016 (one year ago)

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    FORT MCMURRAY, Alberta, Canada (BP) -- The reign of the "Beast," a Canada wildfire that caused the immediate evacuation of 80,000 people in Fort McMurray, may almost be over.

    Government officials are working alongside non-governmental organization (NGO) council leaders, including Canadian National Baptist and Southern Baptist Disaster Relief as well as The Salvation Army, Samaritan's Purse and Billy Graham organization leaders and volunteers to speed the safe return of Fort McMurray residents. For the wildfire refugees escaping to the nearby city of Edmonton, the news of future re-entry brings relief. Read More

  • SBC's 1st black professor among 3 retirees at SBTS

    by Andrew J.W. Smith, posted Thursday, May 26, 2016 (one year ago)

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    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- The Southern Baptist Convention's first African-American seminary professor is among three retiring faculty members at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

    T. Vaughn Walker, David L. Puckett and Brian C. Richardson are retiring following the 2015-2016 school year with 64 combined years of service on the faculty of Southern Seminary. Walker, WMU professor of Christian ministries and professor of black church studies, was appointed in 1986 as the first black professor at any of the six SBC seminaries, and then the first elected to the faculty in 1997. Read More

  • Uphold abortion rules, ERLC, SBTC urge court

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, February 04, 2016 (one year ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The U.S. Supreme Court's own decisions and the need for states to protect women's lives call for the justices to uphold a Texas law that regulates abortion doctors and clinics, according to two Southern Baptist entities and other religious organizations. Read More

  • Chainsaw cross conveys hope after tornado onslaught

    by Jane Rodgers/Southern Baptist TEXAN, posted Wednesday, January 06, 2016 (one year ago)

    Photo provided by Shane Pruitt
    ROWLETT, Texas (BP) -- Three weeks after Shane Pruitt was a guest preacher at Bellville First Baptist near Houston, one of its disaster relief teams assisted Pruitt's family in the wake of devastating tornadoes that swept through the metro Dallas area the day after Christmas.

    Pruitt, who serves as director of missions for the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention, recounted that he was en route to a preaching engagement when his wife called to tell him that tornado sirens were going off in their Rowlett suburb. Read More