Lillian Strickland Wasson, 84, of Springdale, formerly of Van Buren and Arkadelphia, died Dec. 17. She was a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia. She and her husband served 16 years as missionaries in Africa with the Southern Baptist Foreign Mission Board (now International Mission Board). After retiring from the mission field, she started the KinderCare program at First Baptist Church, Arkadelphia, and later opened a private nursery school, Happy Day, where she made a lasting impact on the lives of many children and their families in Arkadelphia. She was a member of Friendship Baptist Church, Springdale. She is preceded in death by her husband, Melvin Kenneth Wasson Sr., two sisters and a brother. She is survived by four sons and a daughter. Services were held Dec. 19 at Friendship Baptist Church in Springdale and Dec. 20 at First Baptist Church in Arkadelphia.
Women on Mission at Central Baptist Church, Hot Springs, will hear guest speaker Wayne Lee Douglas from Samaritan Ministries in Hot Springs on Tuesday, Jan. 13.
LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas Renewal Project is hosting a pre-inaugural event for pastors and guests to honor Arkansas Governor-elect and Mrs. Asa Hutchinson Jan. 12-13 at the Statehouse Convention Center, 101 East Markham Road.
The event is free for pastors and spouses, but registration is required by Jan. 5 via this link or by calling (800) 921-1928, according to event sponsors. Reservations are limited.
Check-in and registration for the event will be held at 3 p.m., Jan. 12, with dinner following at 5:30 p.m. featuring former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. The event continues Tuesday, Jan. 13, with a 7 a.m. continental breakfast, followed by an 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. prayer service at Immanuel Baptist Church, 501 N. Shackleford Road. A ceremonial swearing in of Hutchinson will be held at noon, followed by the Governor’s Reception at 1 p.m. at the Capitol building.
Governor-elect Hutchinson is scheduled to take the official oath of office at 10:30 a.m., Jan. 13, in the House Chamber of the Arkansas State Capitol.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Six students with ties to Arkansas graduated from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Dec. 12.
R. Albert Mohler Jr. told the fall 2014 graduates of Southern Seminary their mission is to announce the birth of Christ and the clear truth of salvation. Southern Seminary conferred degrees upon 207 master’s and doctoral students during the 214th commencement exercises in Alumni Memorial Chapel.
Audio and video of Mohler’s address are available at sbts.edu/resources. A complete manuscript of the address, “To Give Knowledge of Salvation to His People: A Christmas Mandate for Christian Ministry,” is available at albertmohler.com.
Following are the six students with Arkansas ties: Ryan Broadhurst, of Bryant, Master of Divinity; Kevin Cox, of Batesville, Master of Divinity; Matt Slaughter, of Springdale, Master of Arts in church ministries; Jay P. Sorrows, of Hazen, Master of Divinity; Matthew Tyler, of Bentonville, Master of Divinity, and Edward Upton, of Rogers, Doctor of Ministry.
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and The College at Southeastern celebrated the graduation of 160 students, several of whom have Arkansas ties, on Dec. 12.
Students with Arkansas ties included Benjamin C. Neiser, of Jonesboro, who received a Master of Arts in Christian studies; Becca Gayle Owens, of Bryant, who received a Master of Arts in ethics, theology and culture; Jason Michael Wilkinson, of Jacksonville, who received a Master of Arts in ministry leadership, and Virginia Claudette Gray, of Jonesboro, who received a Doctor of Education degree.