He never claimed to be the world's greatest guitar player. He knows he could probably never win "American Idol." But local musician Ethan Bryan, who describes himself as "average," loves to write and play music. It's a passion that led to the creation of his band, 5n2, eight years ago while Bryan, youth minister at Cornerstone Baptist Church, was pursuing a master's degree in divinity at Baylor University. But Bryan doesn't write songs for the sake of making music. He understands that music "sticks to you" and that musicians have an opportunity to reach many people with their songs.
Angie French grew up in the small town of Marble Falls, Texas, went to the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, Texas, attended George W. Truett Theological Seminary in Waco, Texas, then moved to Hong Kong - a city of seven million people. She says it surprises her that she enjoys it as much as she has and how easily she adjusted and how much she has grown to love the city and people.
Baptist General Convention of Texas Executive Director Reverend Randel Everett made a visit to Baylor's campus Friday to talk with faculty and students at Truett Seminary. Everett was elected as new executive director for the Baptist General Convention of Texas (BGCT) in February, and officially started his tenure March 31. Everett is traveling around the state to meet with officials at Baptist institutions and to talk with pastors.
"We just love them," Kelli Barron-Agricola beams as she describes First Baptist Spring Branch in Houston, Texas. The people are open-minded, faithful, willing to think creatively, and overcome obstacles, especially about ministry. In 2004, the members of FBSB thought creatively about ministry and their vacant senior pastor position and called Kelli and Cory Agricola together as co-pastors.
On March 29, 2008 the Coordinating Council of Kentucky Baptist Fellowship, meeting at Highlands Baptist Church, Louisville, voted to hire Truett Seminary alum, Joshua Speight as the new Associate Coordinator for Missions. He begins work April 25, 2008. Speight will coordinate missions efforts on a statewide basis with a focus on Mountain Hope, the rural poverty initiative in Eastern Kentucky.
Truett Seminary alums, Julie Merritt and Matt Cook will be speaking in the Baylor University chapel on April 2nd and April 23rd respectively. Baylor Chapel takes place in Waco Hall at 10 and 11 a.m. on each of these days.