Austin Minister, Humorist Tops Baylor Faculty Retreat on March 3

Feb. 26, 1999

by Lori Scott Fogleman

Multi-dimensional Austin minister Dr. Gerald Mann is the featured speaker at the 1999 Baylor University Faculty Retreat at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 3, in the Barfield Drawing Room of the Bill Daniel Student Center.

The retreat is sponsored by the Baylor University Religious Affairs Committee.

Mann, the pastor of the 8,000-member Riverbend Church of Austin, will speak at noon on "The Stewardship of Influence." He will also lead two breakout sessions -- "Common Sense Religion" from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Houston Room in the student center, and "Living Positive in a Negative World" from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., also in the Houston Room.

A prolific writer, popular television and radio personality, humorist and legislative chaplain, Mann is a native of West Columbia, Texas. After graduating from the University of Corpus Christi in 1960, he earned his master's and doctorate degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. In 1979, he founded Riverbend Baptist Church in a schoolhouse with 60 members. Today Riverbend is recognized as one of the ten fastest-growing churches in America by Church Growth Today magazine.

Mann has been featured in TV Guide, USA Today, Advertising Age and Texas Monthly for his humor, unique advertising for his church and the one-line "Zinger Prayers" delivered to the Texas House of Representatives. He has also hosted the television shows, "Common Sense Religion" on the Faith and Values Network (VISN) and "Real Life with Dr. Gerald Mann," which reached about 60-million homes through the Discovery Channel's paid programming block, the Odyssey Network and local broadcast stations.

Mann has authored several books including The Seven Deadly Virtues, Why Does Jesus Make Me Nervous?, Common Sense Religion, When the Bad Times Are Over for Good, When One Day at a Time Is Too Long, The Book of Wisecracks and the soon-to-be-published, Angels in the Attic.

For more information on the faculty retreat, call Dr. Anita Baker at 710-6121.

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