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Southeastern hires Bural as public relations director

WAKE FOREST, N.C. (BP)–A licensed minister and
president of a graphic design firm in Dallas has been named
director of public relations at Southeastern Baptist
Theological Seminary, officials announced Jan. 13.
Kerry D. Bural, 32, succeeds Greg Kingry, who was
appointed by the Southern Baptist International Mission
Board in November for an overseas assignment.
Since 1990, Bural has been president and senior art
director of Protege Graphics, Inc., Dallas, specializing in
graphic design and marketing through print media for both
corporate and nonprofit organizations. His work has included
design of visual displays and signage.
Bural started his graphic design firm while working at
Neiman Marcus’ corporate headquarters in Dallas as assistant
visual coordinator for graphic support of national sales
Since his call to ministry in 1987, Bural has served
on staff at churches in Texas and Oklahoma as administrator,
minister of education, minister of youth and minister of
From 1993-95, Bural was public relations coordinator
at Criswell College in Dallas. During his tenure, Bural was
responsible for upgrading the school’s marketing efforts by
overseeing the creative design, coordination and production
of promotional materials.
Bural earned a bachelor of science in education degree
with a concentration in technology and graphic arts from
Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, Okla., in 1988. He
received a master of arts degree in theology and history
from Criswell College in 1991.
Southeastern President Paige Patterson said Bural’s
valuable experience should enhance Southeastern’s efforts in
reaching the world for Christ.
“Unlike major secular businesses, seminaries have to
demand a versatility that is rare in an age of
specialization,” Patterson said. “Our enthusiasm for the
coming of Kerry Bural relates to his extensive experience in
ministry, graphic design and public relations. Besides that,
Kerry is a great young man.”
Bart Neal, vice president for institutional
advancement at Southeastern, said Bural’s unique gifts and
skills will enable the seminary to keep pace with the
increasingly advanced communication technology of the 21st
“Kerry’s expertise and servant’s heart promises to
make for a great combination as he joins the Southeastern
family,” Neal said.
Bural said he is excited to be at the Wake Forest,
N.C., seminary at such a strategic time in the life of the
“A deep sense of God’s call has led me to
Southeastern,” Bural said. “The evidence of God’s activity
here is incredible. It is a privilege to have the
opportunity to be a part of the worldwide impact the school
is having for the cause of Christ.”
Bural and his wife, Deborah, have two children,
Brittany, 6, and Bryant, 2. The Burals will reside in Wake

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