Vines, Gaines to speak at Gray Allison’s 90th birthday celebration at Mid-America

AllisonCORDOVA, Tenn. – A 90th birthday celebration will be held at Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Cordova, Tenn., Thursday, May 1, for Gray Allison, longtime evangelism professor and former president of the seminary.

The celebration will begin at 11 a.m. with a chapel message by Jerry Vines, former president of the Southern Baptist Convention, and a pastoral testimony by Steve Gaines, pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church, Cordova. The service will conclude with a presentation by Mid-America President Michael Spradlin, followed by a birthday reception.

“This event will be an exciting time as we honor the seminary’s founding president and his global evangelistic legacy,” said Tanner Hickman, director of alumni and church relations at the seminary.


Williams Baptist College Homecoming/Parent’s Day Nov. 2

WALNUT RIDGE – Williams Baptist College will host its annual Homecoming/Parent’s Day Saturday Nov. 2.

Alumni and parents are encouraged attend a variety of campus activities to be held during the day, which begin with a Golden Eagles reunion brunch at 10 a.m. in the president’s home. Golden Eagles are students who attended Williams at least 50 years ago.

Other activities and times include:

- Alumni games for former Williams athletes in baseball, softball and men’s basketball will be played at 11 a.m. Performances by the Williams Singers and The Cast, the college’s Christian drama group, are also slated for 11 a.m.

- Tailgating activities will be held on Moore Street behind the Mabee Student Center. A barbecue and catfish lunch, prepared by John 3:16 Ministries, will be served from noon to 2:30 p.m.

- A concert featuring several Williams alumni will be held from 12 to 1:30 p.m.

- Varsity athletic events include the Eagles soccer team taking on Benedictine University of Springfield, Mo., starting at noon. The men’s basketball team will host Central Baptist College at 3 p.m. in the Southerland-Mabee Center. Homecoming Coronation will take place at halftime.

- Current and former Lady Eagles softball players are also invited to a reunion, which will be held in the Rose Room of the Southerland-Mabee Center at 3 p.m.

- The final event of the day will begin at 7:30 p.m. with the college’s fall drama titled “The Game’s Afoot” in the Old Chapel building.

More information and a schedule is available at


International Mission Board hosts Partner Connect training near Texarkana

HENDERSON, Texas – The International Mission Board (IMB) is hosting Partner Connect training for individuals and churches interested in reaching unreached, unengaged people groups in Central and South America from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Nov. 2, at First Baptist Church, Henderson, Texas.

"We are not far from those in the southwest part of your state, and these events are not offered very often or in very many locations. Perhaps with your help some in your state would hear about it and be able to participate," said Matt Pitts, pastor of Minden Baptist Church, Minden, Texas, who added that Henderson is about two hours south of Texarkana.

Registration is $25 and is due by Oct. 18, said Pitts. Registration includes lunch. More information about event is available by contacting Pitts at 903-918-1216 or


Ouachita Homecoming set for Oct. 7-12

Tiger Tunes, Ouachita's popular campus-wide song and dance competition that raises money for scholarships, will celebrate its 35th annual year during Homecoming 2013. Photo by Nicole McPhateJessica Stewart
Ouachita Baptist University 

ARKADELPHIA – Ouachita Baptist University alumni and current students can connect at Homecoming Week Oct. 7-12 by participating in various activities planned on campus, including celebrating 35 years of Tiger Tunes.

The goal of homecoming “is to get more people to come back, we want to make it more about the whole weekend,” said Jon Merryman, director of alumni. The attendance for Tiger Tunes, a campus-wide song and dance competition that raises money for scholarships, is typically great, but Merryman said he hopes that by adding more class reunions, OcTiger Feast and a Street Festival more people will be drawn to visit for the whole weekend. 

“We want to make sure alums stay as connected as possible,” Merryman said. “When alums come back and see students on campus and what they are doing, they are more inclined to continue to be involved. Also, they are encouraged to hire Ouachita grads and want to give back to the university. It’s a great thing for them to come back and be on campus.” 

Ouachita Baptist University will welcome alumni and friends home to Arkadelphia for a variety of Homecoming festivities, including a 1 p.m. football matchup agains Northwestern Oklahoma State. Photo by Heather EllisIn addition to increased alumni-focused events, student organizations will host a number of events for current students.

Monday, Oct. 7, lunch will be served on the lawn from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. The men of Beta Beta and Rho Sigma will host an assortment of games on the lawn for students to enjoy at that time, and the men of Eta Alpha Omega will serve root beer floats at noon in Grant Plaza. Down at the SPEC lower parking lot, the women of EEE will decorate cars with purple and gold from 3-4:30 p.m.

On Tuesday, Oct. 8, Homecoming Chapel will begin at 10 a.m. in Jones Performing Arts Center, where the Homecoming nominees will be introduced. Alumni who live in Clark County are invited to a special dinner at Magnolia Manor at 5:30 p.m. Complimentary tickets are available at<>. Later that night, the men of Sigma Alpha Sigma will roast s’mores on the campus lawn from 9:30-11 p.m.

At noon on Wednesday, Oct. 9, the women of Tri Chi will provide all the necessities to make spirit flags and game day banners at the Rachel Fuller & Ouachita Singers Memorial Amphitheatre. Also at that time, the men of Eta Alpha Omega will serve chili dogs in Grant Plaza, and the women of Chi Rho Phi will host balloon dart art on the Mabee Fine Arts Center porch. Later that night is Tiger Tunes dress rehearsal, immediately followed by an after party at Dr. Jack’s Coffeehouse, sponsored by Student Senate.

“This will be the first night that they will all have been given a chance to see the shows that their friends have been pouring hours of practice and energy into,” said Student Senate President Lindsey Fowler, a senior political science, history and business administration/finance major from Arkadelphia. “The excitement of Tiger Tunes is at an all-time high as everyone looks forward to the weekend's festivities.”

Thursday, Oct. 10, kicks off GROW (Getting Ready for Ouachita’s World), an opportunity for prospective students to experience what life at Ouachita is really like by staying overnight in the residence halls, attending Tiger Tunes and visiting classes. At noon, the men of Kappa Chi will serve brownies and ice cream on the campus lawn, and the women of Chi Delta will serve gold and purple snow cones in Grant Plaza. The first performance of Tiger Tunes will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Jones Performing Arts Center. Thursday night’s Tiger Tunes performance will be immediately followed by Refuge, Ouachita’s weekly student-led worship service, in the Student Village circle.

“Since this is the 35th annual Tiger Tunes production, we are doing a lot to showcase the history of the show,” said Joey Licklider, manager of Jones Performing Arts Center. “We have invited back all the past hosts and hostesses to the show and are even going to have them perform in a number on stage! It’s going to be great to see lots of alumni who have been in Tunes before and talk about some great memories from past shows.”

On Friday, Oct. 11, the men of Eta Alpha Omega will serve Frito chili pie in Grant Plaza. The Buddy Benson Memorial Golf Tournament will tee off at 12:30 p.m. at DeGray Lake Golf Course. The classes of 2003, 1988 and 1973 will all celebrate reunions that evening in Walker Conference Center at 5:30 p.m., 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., respectively. Another Tiger Tunes performance will take place at 7:30 p.m. at JPAC, followed by a cookout in Tiger Alley (5th St. between JPAC and Jones Science Center) hosted by the men of Kappa Chi.

On Saturday, Oct. 12, Homecoming is in full swing. Breakfast is available at Dr. Jack’s Coffeehouse starting at 8 a.m. OcTiger Fest, a time of fellowship and reunion for groups across campus, will be held on the campus lawn from 9-11 a.m., followed by a new event, OcTiger Feast at 11 a.m. 

Pre-game activities including the crowning of the 2013 Homecoming Queen will take place at 12:30 p.m. at A.U. Williams Field before the 1 p.m. kickoff time of the football game against Northwestern Oklahoma State. At halftime of the footgall game, the Alumni Milestone Award Recipients will be recognized by President Rex Horne. Recipients include Dr. Larry Taylor (’63), Judge Bobby Shepherd (’73), Gene Whisenhunt (’83), Jay Heflin (’93) and Dr. Kristen (Rickett) Nelson (’03). Alumni from the 1980s are invited to a mixer in Walker Conference Center immediately following the football game.

Saturday evening, the first of two Tiger Tunes performances begins at 5 p.m. in JPAC. Between shows is the Homecoming Street Festival featuring grilled fajitas and festive fare from 5:30-8:30 p.m. in Tiger Alley (5th St. between JPAC and JSC). The final Tiger Tunes show will begin at 8:30 p.m. in JPAC. Immediately following the final Tunes performance, the men of Eta Alpha Omega will host their annual Muggin’ root beer party on the campus lawn.

Alumni can reserve all Homecoming event tickets online at<> or call the Ouachita Alumni office at (870) 245-5111. Tiger Tunes tickets must be preordered through the Ouachita Student Foundation (OSF) online at<>. A free Tunescast of the 8:30 p.m. Saturday Tiger Tunes performance will be webcast live at<>. To register your high school junior or senior for GROW, call (800) DIAL-OBU or visit<>.


Ouachita’s Pruet School to sponsor annual Pastors’ Conference Sept. 26

Jessica Stewart
Ouachita Baptist University 

ARKADELPHIA – Ouachita Baptist University’s Pruet School of Christian Studies will sponsor the OBU Pastors’ Conference in Walker Conference Center Thursday, Sept. 26, as an opportunity for pastors from across Arkansas to get together for a time of learning and fellowship.

“Christ Is All You Need” serves as the theme for the conference this fall. Professors from the Pruet School of Christian Studies will teach four different sessions on the book of Colossians.

“Each year, the Southern Baptist Convention chooses a book of the Bible to study for a Winter Bible Study theme,” said Danny Hays, dean of the Pruet School. “Most churches will study the book in January to March.”

The conference starts at 9 a.m. with registration and brunch. At 9:30 a.m. worship will begin led by Rob Hewell, professor of worship arts, followed by two teaching sessions by C. Marvin Pate, the Elma Cobb professor of Christian theology, and Joey Dodson, assistant professor of biblical studies. After a lunch break, the final two teaching sessions will begin at 1 p.m. and will be led by J. Scott Duvall, the J.C. and Mae Fuller professor of Biblical studies.

“The pastors will receive a good overview of Colossians, along with a presentation of each chapter,” Hays explained.

Included in the $50 registration fee for the conference, attendees will receive the NIV Application Commentary on Colossians. The cost also includes the study material that is covered in the conference sessions, continental breakfast, lunch and refreshments. The Pruet School professors will also offer books they have authored at a discounted price throughout the conference.

Visit to register. For more information, contact Tracey Knight at<> or (870) 245-5599.

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