Williams Baptist College
WALNUT RIDGE – Glen Putman, pastor of Walnut Street Baptist Church in Jonesboro, has been named the recipient of the Williams Baptist College 2014 Distinguished Baptist Minister Award. The recognition was presented to Putman at commencement exercises Saturday, May 3.
Putman has spent his adult life pastoring churches. In his 41 years of ministry, he has led a total of 10 congregations in five states, with the last 13 years being spent at Walnut Street Baptist Church.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in biblical studies from Blue Mountain College in Mississippi. He went on to obtain his Master of Divinity degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, where his son, Rhyne Putman, also a Williams graduate, is a systematic theology professor. Putman also has a Doctor of Education degree from Mississippi State University.
He and his wife, Diane, have been married for 38 years.
Putman was presented the Distinguished Baptist Minister honor by Tom Jones, Williams' president. Putman delivered the commencement address to the 111 graduating students and a packed house in the school’s Southerland-Mabee Center.
Also honored at the day’s exercises where the Golden Eagles, Williams alumni from 50 or more years ago. Sixteen honorees were present at the ceremony.