Jimmy Dorrell To Receive Abner V. McCall Humanitarian Award Nov. 10

Nov. 3, 2000

by LoAna Lopez

The Baylor University Alumni Association will honor Waco community advocate Jimmy Dorrell with the Abner V. McCall Humanitarian Award during a noon luncheon Friday, Nov. 10, at the Hughes-Dillard Alumni Center on University Parks Drive. Reservations for the event are $10 and must be made by Tuesday, Nov. 7.

Dorrell is perhaps best known for establishing Mission Waco in 1992 along with his wife, Janet. The goal of Mission Waco, of which Dorrell is executive director, is to provide direct services for the homeless and poor in the community. It also strives to educate middle-class Christians to work with and have compassion for the poverty-stricken in society.

Dorrell also is the pastor of The Church Under the Bridge, a non-denominational Christian outreach church located under the Interstate 35 overpass on Fourth Street near the Baylor campus. Sponsored by Mission Waco, the church started as a seven-person Bible study and today is a flourishing congregation with more than 300 people of various economic and racial backgrounds gathering weekly for worship service and Sunday school.

Through Mission Waco, Dorrell and his 25-member staff have established two thrift stores, a theater, tutoring programs, GED classes, computer labs, teen development programs, empowerment programs, poverty simulation weekends and international missions trips.

Jimmy and Janet Dorrell are both Baylor graduates. They have four children.

The Abner V. McCall Humanitarian Award is given in memory of McCall, the 10th president of Baylor University, who championed the causes of religious liberty and humanitarianism.

For more information or to make reservations, call the Baylor Alumni Association at 710-1121. Alumni event information also is available at www.sicembears.com.

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