Southern Baptist Convention Leader Morris Chapman Visits MC
March 18, 2009A longtime leader with the Southern Baptist Convention and Mississippi College graduate, Morris H. Chapman will deliver a series of speeches at his alma mater.
Dr. Chapman has served as president and chief executive officer of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee since October 1992. The Kosciusko native will be on the Clinton campus March 23-24.
The event Monday evening will be a dinner and question/answer with Chapman beginning at 6 p.m. in the Alumni Hall Board Dining Room. He will also speak at noon Tuesday in the same location.
His address will be open to pastors, directors of missions, convention personnel, MC Christian Studies professors and students plus alumni. Seating is limited at each session to 64 people.
Before moving to Nashville, Dr. Chapman was pastor of the 7,700-member First Baptist Church in Wichita Falls, Texas for 13 years. Each year, the church's baptisms and Cooperative Program gifts were in the top one percent in the Southern Baptist Convention.
Organized in 1845 in Augusta, Ga., the Southern Baptist Convention has grown to more than 16 million members who worship at more than 42,000 churches nationwide. The Southern Baptist Convention works through 1,200 local associations and 41 state conventions and fellowships. The SBC sponsors about 5,000 home missionaries serving the United States, Canada, Guam and the Caribbean. The group also sponsors more than 5,000 missionaries serving in 153 nations.
The MC graduate earned the master of divinity and doctor of ministry degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth. He's been awarded three honorary degrees from Baptist colleges. Southwestern Seminary named the author a 2003 Distinguished Alumnus at the school.
The Mississippian is married to the former Jodi Francis of Memphis. They have two married children and eight grandchildren.
For more information on his MC visit, contact Dr. Eric Pratt, vice president for Christian Development, at 601.925.3235 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo: Dr. Morris Chapman