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President Royce to Speak at Mississippi Baptist Convention

October 24, 2008

Mississippi College President Lee Royce will be among the parade of speakers at the Mississippi Baptist Convention that gathers for its annual meeting in Jackson Tuesday and Wednesday.

Royce will give thousands of Baptists from around the state an update on developments at the Christian university as MC embarks upon its 183rd academic year. He's led the Baptist-affiliated college in Clinton since 2002.

Royce's 10-minute address on Wednesday Oct. 29 will begin at 9:40 a.m. at First Baptist Church. The Mississippi Baptist Convention is conducting its 173rd annual meeting.

In his remarks, Royce will touch on MC's record enrollment of nearly 4,900 students this fall and of the dramatic growth of MC's international students. There were a dozen international students at MC six years ago and more than 320 students today from 26 nations on the Clinton campus.

He will also present MC's theme for the 2008-2009 academic year, "The Journey for Life: Walking with the Lord."

The convention at the church near the Mississippi Capitol opens at 8:25 a.m. Tuesday with a concert of praise by the Sanctuary Choir of Fairview Baptist Church in Columbus. Minutes later, Mississippi Baptist Convention President Mickey Dalrymple, pastor at Fairview Baptist Church, will sound the gavel.

The annual meeting in Jackson brings other MC connections. One of the featured speakers is Barry Corbett, pastor of First Baptist Church in Kosciusko. A native of Alexandria, La., Corbett is a Mississippi College graduate. He will speak at 4:10 p.m. Tuesday.

MC alumni will take time for fellowship with other college leaders at a 90-minute breakfast meeting in the chapel dining room beginning at 7:30 a.m. Sausage, biscuits, fruit and coffee are on the menu.

Other convention speakers will include Rory Lee, a former longtime MC administrator who will deliver a report as the leader of the Mississippi Baptist Children's Village. The former vice president for institutional advancement and MC graduate, he will speak at 10:20 a.m. Tuesday. Lee has also served as acting president at MC.

MC has been affiliated with the Mississippi Baptist Convention since 1850.

PHOTO: Dr. Lee Royce

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