Midwestern Seminary, College, SBC to host Preview Day for students
KANSAS CITY – Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and College (MBTS), Southern Baptist Convention will host prospective students and their families at the Kansas City campus for a “super-sized campus tour” Oct. 5, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. The theme for the event is “Answering the Call!” Students interested in undergraduate and graduate programs alike are encouraged to attend.
“Midwestern Seminary has much to offer for undergraduates and graduates alike,” said Midwestern President R. Philip Roberts. “The preview experience will allow them a great time to be exposed to these wonderful resources. As well, each one coming will be given an opportunity to seek God’s will for their life.”
After a brief welcome and worship time, participants will be invited to discover more about Midwestern’s history and mission, academic programs, admission and financial aid options over the course of the day. Various faculty and staff members will be presenting these sessions.
Students will have the opportunity to visit an actual class in session. Campus and male and female housing tours will also be offered.
Midwestern’s Vines Café will provide a light breakfast along with registration. Lunch will also be offered in the middle of the day. The day will end at 3 p.m. with a brief closing session.
“The MBTS preview day is a Christ-centered day for people who sense they may be called to Christian ministry,” said Alan Branch, Midwestern’s vice president of student development. “We will provide all the information someone needs about classes, financial aid, admissions and housing.”
Southwest Baptist wins scholarships grant
BOLIVAR – Southwest Baptist University (SBU) will benefit from a grant of $15,000 recently provided by Commerce Bank to the Missouri Colleges Fund (MCF).
The grant will underwrite scholarships at the 15 MCF member schools. These scholarships will be awarded by the member schools on the basis of financial need to students pursuing teaching careers.
“Southwest Baptist University is very grateful to the Commerce Bank and the Missouri Colleges Fund for this gift,” said C. Pat Taylor, SBU president. “This contribution recognizes the importance of education and the significant impact that an educated workforce has on Missouri’s economy.”
The MCF was formed in 1952 as a non-profit corporation. The MCF mission is to acquire resources to help educate students in its 15 member private liberal-arts colleges and universities.
Missouri Colleges Fund member schools include Avila University, Kansas City; Central Methodist University, Fayette; Columbia College, Columbia; Culver-Stockton College, Canton; Drury University, Springfield; Evangel University, Springfield; Fontbonne University, St. Louis; Hannibal – LaGrange College, Hannibal; Maryville University, St. Louis; Missouri Baptist University, St. Louis; Park University, Parkville; Southwest Baptist University, Bolivar; Westminster College, Fulton; William Jewell College, Liberty; and William Woods University, Fulton.
More information about the Missouri Colleges Fund can be found online at www.mocollegesfund.org or by calling Mike Backer, MCF president, at 573-893-3818.
Silver Dollar City hosts music event
BRANSON—The Southern Gospel Picnic at Silver Dollar City will be held Aug. 30 through Sept. 9, featuring Southern Gospel music and a picnic feast in one of the nation’s largest Southern Gospel events.
Sixty Southern Gospel acts are scheduled to perform, including Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, The Isaacs, and The Booth Brothers. Performances throughout the day are followed by concerts each evening in the theme park’s 4,000-seat amphitheatre.
Two DOMs announce that they are retiring
JEFFERSON CITY—Two directors of missions have recently announced their retirements from associational service. John Holt, DOM, Carroll-Saline Baptist Associations, will retire from full-time ministry effective Nov. 1. His last day of service will be Sept. 20. Gordon Rhodes, DOM, Ozark Prairie Baptist Association, will retire Aug. 31. Holt is moving to Blue Springs, and Rhodes is moving to Houston.
Missouri Baptist College hires basketball coach
ST. LOUIS – Missouri Baptist College has named Ray Farrell as the head men’s basketball coach, replacing Tony Tompkins, who left for a coaching position at Judson College.
Farrell previously served as assistant coach at Philadelphia University since 2004. He has been on the coaching staffs of several institutions over the past 26 years, including the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, Cleveland State University and Villanova.