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Union trustees name Chapman as M.E. Dodd recipient


JACKSON, Tenn. (BP)–Morris H. Chapman, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee, has been selected by Union University’s trustees to receive this year’s M.E. Dodd Award, the university’s highest denominational service award.

The award is named for the Union alumnus who served as president of the SBC and who was the father of today’s Cooperative Program.

“Morris Chapman is a leading statesman and champion of the Cooperative Program across the Southern Baptist Convention,” Dockery said. “He rightly deserves the recognition.”

Chapman has been president of the Executive Committee since 1992. He was president of the Southern Baptist Convention from 1990-92 and of the SBC Pastors’ Conference in 1986.

Chapman was pastor of First Baptist Church in Wichita Falls, Texas, for 13 years. During that time the church’s Cooperative Program gifts and baptisms were in the top 1 percent in the Southern Baptist Convention.

Last year’s Dodd Award recipient was Adrian Rogers, former pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church in suburban Memphis, Tenn., who died later in the year.

The Union award should not be confused with the M.E. Dodd Cooperative Program Award, which is handed out during each annual meeting by the SBC Executive Committee. That award honors a person, congregation or organization that has demonstrated continuous, long-term excellence in supporting the principles, practice and spirit of the Cooperative Program.
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