Alumni News

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Dr. Steve Wells will be joining us as the Pastor of the Day on Tuesday, September 8 at 11am.
The words from God to His prophet Isaiah have often been preached and taught but not always fully experienced or understood. For FCA Ghana Director Vincent Asamoah, it's a scripture that has greater relevance every day.
As Baylor University's Texas Hunger Initiative makes encouraging headway towards the mission of eliminating hunger in Texas, the project's director (Jeremy Everett, MDiv ’01) will now also help shape the fight nationwide.
Truett graduate and executive director of Preemptive Love Coalition, Jeremy Courtney works to provide lifesaving heart surgeries for Iraqi children in pursuit of peace between communities at odds.
Austin Fischer (Truett alumnus and Teaching Pastor at the Vista Community Church in Temple, TX) has recently released his new book, Young, Restless, No Longer Reformed: Black Holes, Love, and a Journey In and Out of Calvinism.
Dr. Geoffrey WainwrightThe Parchman Endowed Lectures welcomes Dr. Geoffrey Wainwright, the Robert Earl Cushman Professor Emeritus of Christian Theology at Duke Divinity School on October 9th and 10th. The title of his lecture series is: "Faith, Hope and Love: The Ecumenical Trio of Virtues."
Dr. Craig BarnesDr. Craig Barnes, the Robert Meneilly Professor of Pastoral Ministry at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary will be our featured presenter at the Fall Preaching Convocation & Workshop, September 24-25, 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."
East Texas Baptist University President Dr. Dub Oliver announced today that Dr. Scott E. Bryant of Waco has been named the new University Chaplain and Vice President for Spiritual Development. Dr. Bryant comes to ETBU from Baylor University where he has been a faculty member in the Religion Department and Honors College, as well as an adjunct professor at George W. Truett Theological Seminary.
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