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Luncheons & Breakfast at the Southern Baptist Convention

Seminary Luncheons

Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary

Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary will host alumni and friends June 16 for the seminary's annual luncheon at the Southern Baptist Convention meeting in Atlanta. The gathering will be held in the Georgia World Congress Center at noon.

Seminary president William O. Crews will give a "state of the seminary" report and present the annual Alumni Achievement Award.

Tickets may be purchased at $15 per person from Golden Gate Seminary, Office of Alumni Relations, 201 Seminary Drive, Mill Valley, CA 94941 or by calling (415)380-1496. Tickets may also be purchased on the seminary's web site at www.ggbts.edu.


Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Dr. Mark Coppenger, president of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, will be keynote speaker at the seminary's National Alumni Association meeting noon Wednesday, June 16, in room W268 on level 2 of the Georgia World Congress center.

The annual event, held in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention, will honor Dr. Jim Queen, executive director of the Chicago Metropolitan Association, as honorary alumnus and Bob Anderson, BSU director at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas, as alumnus of the year.

The cost is $15 for advance reservations and $17.50 after June 9th. Reservations can be made by calling Kevin Prewett at Midwestern's Alumni Office (816) 414-3738, or by e-mail: [email protected].


New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary

New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary's annual Alumni & Friends Reunion will be a luncheon meeting on Wednesday, June 16, during the Southern Baptist Convention in Atlanta.

The full-course dinner, set to begin at noon, will be held at the SBC site in the Georgia World Congress Center, Ballrooms I-II. The building is located at 285 International Blvd. N.W., Atlanta.

The meeting will include the annual "State of the Seminary" address by NOBTS President Chuck Kelley and the faculty's annual presentation of the distinguished alumnus award.

Tickets are on sale now by mail. Cost is $12 per person. Tickets also will be available at the SBC at the NOBTS booth in the exhibit hall. Cost will be $15 per person at the door.

To purchase a ticket before the SBC, mail a check, made payable to NOBTS, to the Alumni Office, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, 3939 Gentilly Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70126. Tickets ordered from the office after June 1 may be picked up at the seminary's booth in the SBC exhibit hall.


Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary's annual National Alumni and Friends Luncheon will be Wednesday, June 16 in Atlanta's Georgia World Congress Center.

The luncheon will begin at noon in Ballrooms 3 and 4.

Paige Patterson, president of Southeastern Seminary and the Southern Baptist Convention, is scheduled to speak.

Current Southeastern alumni president Gerald Harris will preside at the meeting. A 1966 alumnus, Harris is president of the Georgia Baptist Convention and pastor of Eastside Baptist Church, Marietta, Ga.

Other alumni officers planning to attend the luncheon include the president-elect, Tom Rush, a 1985 alumnus and pastor of First Baptist Church, Clovis, N.M., and secretary, Greg DeMarco, also a 1985 alumnus who recently retired from his post as a chaplain with the U.S. Naval Support Activity, Naples, Italy.

Tickets for the luncheon are $12 and a limited number will be available for purchase during the Southern Baptist Convention meeting at the Southeastern booth in the Georgia Dome. To purchase tickets in advance, contact Southeastern's alumni office at (919) 556-3101.


The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Southern Baptist Theological Seminary will hold its annual alumni and friends luncheon June 16 in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Atlanta.

The 12:30 p.m. luncheon will feature an address by Southern Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr. and will be held on level 2, in rooms W264-266, at the World Congress Center.

In addition to the president's address, other seminary officials will provide updates on various aspects of the ministry of Southern Seminary, the Southern Baptist Convention's oldest seminary.

Tickets are $17 in advance and $20 at the door. Advanced tickets may be purchased by check or credit card (Visa or MasterCard). Contact the seminary's office of institutional advancement at 1-800-626-5525, ext. 4143. Advanced tickets must be purchased by June 9.


Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary alumni will honor five distinguished alumni award recipients and hear a progress report from seminary President Kenneth S. Hemphill during their national alumni luncheon June 16 at the Omni Hotel in Atlanta.

O.S. Hawkins, Annuity Board chairman and national alumni association president, will preside at the luncheon, which begins at 12:30 p.m. in the Barrington and Liberty halls.

Distinguished alumni for 1999 are Charles Bryan, former Foreign Mission Board senior vice president for overseas operations and FMB area director for Middle America and the Caribbean; Guinell Freeman, educational director at First Baptist Church, Jacksonville, Fla., for 43 years; Robert Hamblin, retired vice president of the Home Mission Board; Felix Gresham, retired director of admissions and dean of students at Southwestern; and Jack Terry, vice president of institutional advancement and former dean of the school of religious education at Southwestern.

The Omni Hotel is located in the east end of the CNN Center, one block from the Georgia Dome where the Southern Baptist Convention will be held.

To order tickets, send a check for $15 per person to Jennette Briggs, director of alumni relations, Southwestern Seminary, P.O. Box 22480, Fort Worth, TX 76122. Make checks payable to Southwestern Seminary. For more information, call (817) 923-1921, ext. 7260.


Additional Luncheon

North American Messianic Association

"Jewish Language Congregation Building" will be the theme of the North American Messianic Association Pastor Conference/Luncheon at 11:35 a.m. Tuesday, June 15, in Atlanta.

Among the featured:

James Austin, NAMA's president and pastor of Beth Shalom congregation, Helena, Mont., and Congregation of the Messiah, Myrtle Beach, S.C., recipient of South Carolina Baptists' 1997 baptismal award.

Gus Elowitz, NAMA vice president and Messianic rabbi of Beth Yeshua HaMashiach congregation in Houston.

R. Michael Smith, associate pastor/minister of education, First Baptist Church, Pickerington, Ohio; first vice president of the State Convention of Baptists in Ohio; and president of NAMA from 1995-97.

Robert E. "Bob" Reccord, president of the Southern Baptist North American Mission Board, and Russell Begaye, multiethnic church-planting specialist with NAMB.

H. Bruce Stokes, chairman of the behavioral and natural science division, California Baptist University, Riverside, Calif.

The luncheon will be held in Room #W-264 in Atlanta's World Congress Center.



Baptist World Alliance

The Baptist World Alliance's "Window on the World Breakfast" during the Southern Baptist Convention in Atlanta will be Wednesday, June 16, at 7 a.m.

BWA General Secretary Denton Lotz will be among the speakers at the annual breakfast, to be held in the Westin Peachtree Plaza's Spanish/Georgian Rooms.

Tickets, $12 each, may be purchased from the BWA, 6733 Curran St., McLean, VA 22101 or at the BWA's booth in the SBC exhibit hall. The BWA's telephone number is (703) 790-8980; fax, (703) 893-5160.

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