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"Living in the Middle"
Dr. Steve Vernon, Associate Executive Director
of the Baptist General Convention of Texas
Oct 2, 2014
from Logsdon Seminary.

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Seminarians Encouraged to Share Hope During Annual BGCT Day

By Cheryl Sawyers, HSU Director of Public Relations

“Thank you for standing in the middle and sharing the hope of Christ in a hopeless world,” said Steve Vernon, associate executive director of the Baptist General Convention of Texas (BGCT), during this year’s annual BGCT Day at HSU’s Logsdon Seminary.

Each year, BGCT leaders visit Logsdon Seminary’s Abilene campus to encourage students in their calling and offer resources for their ministry. Vernon preached a sermon during seminary chapel where he amplified the blessings he received during more than 17 years of pastoral ministry.

“Sometimes being a pastor isn’t the most glamorous thing to do…but it is the highest calling I have ever known,” said Vernon.

In addition to the sermon, Vernon and Joe Loughlin, BGCT director of connections, continued dialogue with students during the seminary’s community luncheon, where both answered questions about Texas Baptists and the programs that offer support for churches and pastors. Loughlin described the Minister Connection program, aimed at helping pastors and chaplains connect with congregations needing their support.

“We work closely with Texas Baptists to help both pastoral candidates and churches communicate,” said Loughlin, who encouraged students to allow the BGCT to partner with them should they be seeking ministry openings.

This is the third year HSU’s Logsdon Seminary has hosted BGCT Day. Logsdon is one of Texas Baptists’ two affiliated seminaries, and many Logsdon students receive generous financial assistance offered through the BGCT’s Office of Theological Education. Logsdon Seminary is a part of HSU, who has been a BGCT-affiliated university since 1941.

A video of Vernon's BGCT Day sermon can be viewed here.

HSU’s Theological Librarian Named 2014 Ricki Brown Librarian of the Year

By Cheryl Sawyers, HSU Director of Public Relations

Teresa Ellis, associate professor and theological librarian at Hardin-Simmons University, was named the Ricki Brown Librarian of the Year during this year’s West Texas Book Festival held Saturday, September 27, 2014.

“It is such an honor to receive this award,” said Ellis about her nomination as the inaugural candidate for the honor. “I really do see this as a joint effort with all of the faculty and staff in the library.”

The Ricki Brown Librarian of the Year Award honors librarians who exhibit outstanding leadership skills and make a significant contribution to library science. Ellis received special recognition for her efforts in enhancing awareness of HSU’s Richardson Library among students, faculty, and staff through an event titled “Ask Me”. During the event, library staff stood in locations across campus as human information booths for students needing directions or with general questions about the campus.

Alice Specht, dean of university libraries, believes that her efforts truly promoted awareness of library programs and helped students identify with the library staff. The West Texas Book Festival, sponsored by the Friends of the Abilene Public Library and the Abilene Reporter News, is an annual event that helps promote Abilene as a tourist destination, features local authors, and raises funds to benefit the Abilene Library.

For more information on HSU’s Richardson Library visit www.hsutx.edu/library.

Logsdon Seminary's New Campus in the DFW Metroplex

In Spring 2014 Logsdon Seminary opened its newest campus, located in the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex. The new extension provides the only fully accredited seminary education in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area offered by an institution affiliated with Texas Baptists. Logsdon Seminary’s degrees are accredited by SACS and by ATS, the premiere regional and national accrediting agencies for seminary education.

Logsdon’s DFW extension is located at Valley Ranch Baptist Church in Coppell. The church’s facility is just off of the George Bush Tollway, located at 1501 E. Beltline Road. Freeways make the extension easily accessible to anyone in the Metroplex area.

Students at the DFW campus may earn up to two-thirds of the Master of Divinity or the Master of Arts in Family Ministry degrees, or they may earn the complete Master of Arts (Religion) degree at the extension. DFW students pursuing an MDiv or MA in Family Ministry take one-third of their degree in residency at Logsdon’s main campus in Abilene or at the full-degree campus in Corpus Christi. To facilitate this residency coursework for DFW students who commute, some classes in Abilene and Corpus Christi are scheduled to meet for only one-week of a term or on selected weekends.

Dr. Royce Rose is the director of the DFW extension. Feel free to contact him for more information about the DFW program at 214-213-5450 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Or contact the seminary’s main campus in Abilene for application assistance.


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