The Office of Alumni Relations at East Texas Baptist University presented Alumni Awards at their Homecoming Chapel held on Oct. 18.
Dr. Gaynor Yancey, a 1967 graduate of then East Texas Baptist College, received the J. Wesley Smith Achievement Award. She served as a home missionary with the North American Mission Board from 1972 to 1993. Since her retirement from the NAMB, she has continued to serve as professor, assistant professor and Associate Dean for Baccalaureate Studies at Baylor University and teaches courses in urban missions and social issues at Truett Seminary. She was nominated for Outstanding Professor in the Graduate School in 2003 and named Outstanding Teacher in 2006. Yancey earned her Doctor of Social Work in Social Welfare Policy in 1998 and an Advanced Certificate in Social Welfare Policy in 1993, from the University of Pennsylvania.
ETBU Director of Alumni Relations Allison Peteet said to the Homecoming Chapel audience, "Not only for her personal work in the social arena, but for the countless lives she has influenced as mentor/teacher/disciple and example, it is our pleasure to present this year's J. Wesley Smith Alumni Achievement Award to Dr. Gaynor Yancey."
Dr. Yancey came to ETBU at the encouragement of a man by the name of Mack Runnels. He told her that ETBC was the place to go if you were going into Christian service. She made ETBC her first and only choice for her college education.
She said after receiving the award, "I found that while I was here everything I hoped for was realized. It was the sense of community that was here. It was the place that leadership development occurred. It was the place where my Christian life expanded."
The J. Wesley Smith Achievement Award is given to an alumnus who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in his/her profession, business vocation, or life of service, and who has shown continued interest in ETBU.
Article courtesy of ETBU. Photo by Ryan Perry/ETBU