Archived News – March 2012

Mar
5
2012
WIM LogoBaylor University announces a gift from the estate of Charles DeLancey establishing the Charles J. and Eleanor McLerran DeLancey Endowed Chair for the Dean of George W. Truett Theological Seminary.
Mar
4
2012

BenWittheringtonIII (small)Truett Seminary and the Kyle Lake Center for Effective Preaching will welcome Dr. Ben Witherington III, the Jean R. Amos Professor of New Testament at Asbury Seminary, for the 2013 Winter Pastors' School. The dates have been changed to March 4th-6th. Registration begins January 7th.

Mar
1
2012
After a nearly two-and-a-half-year search, First Baptist Church-Shreveport will welcome a new senior pastor to its pulpit.

Dr. Jeffrey A. Raines, formerly associate pastor of First Baptist Church, Amarillo, will be installed as the 21st pastor of the historic Shreveport church on Sunday, March 4, during the 10:30 a.m. service.

Raines was overwhelming accepted in a called church conference Jan. 8 following morning worship during which he preached before the congregation for the first time.

In presenting the Senior Pastor Search Committee's formal recommendation to the church, chairman John Odom Jr., said, "We are unanimous in our conviction that God has led us to this man and that he has placed it on this man's heart to come and lead our congregation. We believe strongly that your patience and faithfulness is about to be rewarded."

Raines and wife Darcie are both graduates of Baylor University. Raines also has a Master's of Divinity degree from Truett Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry from Princeton Theological Seminary. The Raines are parents to sons Mark, 9, and Bereket, 3.

"We are excited about the future of First Baptist-Shreveport and are honored to be part of such a great congregation," Raines said. He said his "calling and passion is to pursue God's mission by engaging and equipping the church to proclaim Christ in word and deed. We look forward to God's work in this church in the days to come."
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