Mississippi College Leaders and Alumni Attend Southern Baptist Convention in New Orleans
June 1, 2012
Mississippi and New Orleans are practically next-door neighbors so the Crescent City expects to welcome many visitors from the Magnolia State for the annual Southern Baptist Association convention June 19-20.
Guests coming from Mississippi College include President Lee Royce, Vice President for Christian Development Eric Pratt and Wayne VanHorn, dean of MC’s School of Christian Studies and the Arts.
“The SBC is like attending a family reunion,” Pratt says. “It is great to catch up with individuals and hear about all the amazing things our brothers and sisters in Christ have been doing,” he says. “I am looking forward to spending time in New Orleans listening to the stories, responding to the challenges, and sharing with my church family.”
VanHorn looks forward to driving down to New Orleans with Department of Christian Studies Chairman Burn Page. The two will staff a Mississippi College booth for most of the day, on June 19 then mingle with MC alumni at a social event in the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center that Tuesday evening.
The Southern Baptist Convention, VanHorn said, is a good time to reconnect with former students, parents and others with Mississippi College ties. Retired MC administrator Doc Quick of Clinton “is always a big hit with alums,” VanHorn said. “I taught many Mississippi Baptist pastors while a professor at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.”
Admissions director Kyle Brantley, assistant director Michael Wright, and staffer Angie Hardin will be among others from Mississippi College booked for the journey to greet as many folks as possible with ties to the Christian university in Clinton.
“We expect to see lots of potential future Choctaws this year since the convention is so close to home in the Big Easy,” Wright said. “We will have a booth set up at the convention center for all the alumni families to drop by and experience recruiting at its finest!”
An MC graduate who’s been on many admissions trips before, Wright is really pumped about recruiting at the Southern Baptist Convention in a city well known for beignets and jazz in the French Quarter along with New Orleans Saints football.
“We love keeping it all in the family and we’re pretty sure these pastors have kids that would make great potential MC students one day,” Wright added.
Others slated to visit the New Orleans convention include Mississippi College Christian Studies professor Ivan Parke and music professor Lewis Oswalt, both Clintonians.
No doubt, there will be plenty to talk about at this year’s convention and the SBC theme: “Jesus to the Neighborhood and the Nations.”
During his second term as leader of the convention, President Bryant Wright focused on the SBC name as a potential barrier to evangelism in some parts of the country, recommending an alternative “descriptor,” Great Commission Baptists.
There also will be time for hundreds of SBC volunteers from across America to gather for evangelistic outreach events just prior to the convention. Many Southern Baptists worked hard to help New Orleans recover following Hurricane Katrina in August 2005.
MC alumni and friends are invited to gather for fellowship and desserts at the Ernest Morial Convention Complex from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday June 19. For more information, contact MC’s Lisa Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo: Wayne VanHorn, dean of MC’s School of Christian Studies and the Arts