Throughout Scott Shelton's life, youth leaders, family, and friends said to him, "You are going to be a great minister someday." Scott would force a smile and say, "Just because I am serious about my faith does not mean that I am going to go into the ministry." As Scott finished his business degree at Stephen F. Austin State University, he and his wife, Stephanie, began to question their plan of working in the business world and living faithful for Christ.
Chris says people frequently ask him why he chose to attend Truett and he admits he does not have a ready answer. "Personally, I was struggling with the secret of why God chose me to enter full time ministry. The choosing of a seminary seemed secondary to the inner battles I had with myself. I had a friend who was at Truett while I was at Baylor and when I visited Truett [he] sold me on the community aspect of Truett."
Baylor University and the Baptist Standard presented the awards during the Friends of Truett Seminary Dinner, held in conjunction with the Baptist General Convention of Texas annual meeting in Fort Worth.
Paul W. Powell, dean emeritus of George W. Truett Theological Seminary, received the Adventurer Award for leadership in missions. The award is given to individuals who work to advance missions through significant mission activities, outstanding financial support or leadership in ministry opportunity.
Nestled in the Julian Alps, south of Austria, east of Italy, and north of Croatia, lies the country of Slovenia. For nine weeks in the summer of 2008, Joey Armstrong, a sixth semester Truett Seminary student, and his wife Ashley, a Baylor graduate student, camped, hiked, rock climbed, and lived life with the people of Slovenia, fulfilling Joey's mentoring requirement. Joey considers his time in Slovenia as a unique experience, where he and Ashley were deeply challenged about family, hospitality, and ideas of independence.