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Longtime FBC Dallas member honored in Southern Seminary room dedication

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)–A woman remembered for her support of “young preacher boys” was honored recently during a conference room dedication at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

The Louisville, Ky., seminary dedicated the Ellenore Catherine Winckler Conference Room Oct. 16. It was the first such dedication in the new Conference Center at Southern Seminary, which opened its doors for the board of trustees meeting the same week.

Winckler, a longtime member of First Baptist Church, Dallas, supported ministerial students enrolled at the Criswell Center for Biblical Studies — “young preacher boys” to her — through her prayers and finances. She died in 1986 at the age of 78.

Born and married in Iowa, she and her husband, Clifford, moved to Dallas in 1949 and joined First Baptist, Dallas, which was led by legendary pastor W.A. Criswell. She was active in the Sunday School beginner division and served as a superintendent of one of the departments.

Her son, Robert Winckler, made the dedication gift as a way to honor his mother.

“When I think of the life of Ellenore Catherine Winckler, I think of First Baptist Church, Dallas, and I think about W.A. Criswell, who was a graduate of this institution and who was so closely identified with Southern Seminary,” SBTS President R. Albert Mohler Jr. said. “We want to celebrate the fact that God has raised up certain individuals who have had an influence that has touched others.”

Winckler’s influence is far-reaching, Mohler said, but can be best seen “in her sons, and in their wives and in their families.”
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