BSC, institutions, agencies give Heritage Awards
    May 5 2010 by Staff and press reports

    Fourteen individuals or couples received recognition April 20 at the 10th annual Baptist Heritage Awards event in Greensboro, recognizing their contributions to the success of North Carolina Baptist entities.  

    G. Byrns Coleman


    Wingate University honored G. Byrns Coleman for his 50 years as a professor. Coleman is chair of Wingate’s Department of Religious Studies and is the university’s Harry & Frances Cannon Professor of Humanities. He is admired for his strength as a theologian, teacher and friend of many in Baptist life and higher education.

    He has been supply and interim pastor of numerous area churches. Dennis Burton, director of missions for the Union Baptist Association, calls Coleman “one of the best known Baptist pastors in our county.”  His weekly Bible study program, aired over the Wingate University television station, is in its 20th year.

    A native of Tennessee, Coleman is a graduate of Belmont College, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Scarritt College, and Vanderbilt University.            

    Eugene M. Langley Jr.


    Meredith College honored Raleigh businessman and trustee Eugene M. Langley Jr., for sharing time, talents and resources. 

    Langley, a graduate of UNC at Chapel Hill, built Resource Management Associates (now part of Raymond James Financial Services).

    Langley and his wife Vicky maintain strong ties to Meredith College. Since 1997, he has served three terms on the Meredith Board of Trustees and chaired the search committee that brought current but retiring president Maureen Hartford to Meredith. The Langley Family Scholarship provides financial assistance for students studying abroad.

    In recognition of their significant philanthropy, the Langleys are members of the College’s Stringfield Society, Heritage Society, and the Thomas Meredith Society.  Through his loyal, diligent and tireless efforts and his commitment to higher education, Gene Langley continues to create exciting opportunities for current and future generations of students, faculty and staff.     

    Mary Anne and Jesse Croom


    Chowan University honored Jesse J. and Mary Anne Croom for their service through the local church and Baptist institutions.

    In the local church Mary Anne has been teacher, WMU leader and deacon. She has been on the WMU-NC executive board and is currently a network specialist for adults.

    She established a scholarship at Chowan and is now in her fifth term on the university’s board of trustees.

    Mary Anne and her daughter, Malinda Schantz, also donated land for a Baptist Children’s Home facility.

    As a pastor Jesse led Baptist churches in Caswell County; Dunn; Nichols, S.C.; Charlotte; Carrboro; and Ahoskie.

    He has been a trustee at Gardner-Webb University and Baptist Children’s Homes, and served on the boards of the Biblical Recorder and the Baptist State Convention, including two years as president of the Council on Christian Higher Education.  

    Joe Brown


    The Baptist State Convention of North Carolina honored Joe Brown, pastor of North Carolina’s largest Baptist church. Brown became the fourth pastor of Hickory Grove Baptist in Charlotte in 1984 and the church has grown from 2,155 to 14,734.

    In some years, Hickory Grove has baptized as many as 400 people. This year church members will go on mission trips from South America to Africa, while continuing to serve their local community through hands-on mission projects. The church has also established ministries to Latin Americans and Brazilians. Hickory Grove Baptist Christian School has more than 1,000 students.

    Hickory Grove has consistently been one of the BSC’s top contributors to missions, giving more than $1 million through the Cooperative Program from 2005-2009. The church has frequently offered their facilities for statewide Baptist meetings.  

    David Clay


    Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina
    honored David Clay for his dedication in service to children and to BCH.

    Because of his love for children and a deep desire to make life better for them and for their families, Clay has worked tirelessly for over half a century on behalf of Baptist Children’s Homes. 

    Clay annually spearheads the Thanksgiving Offering drive for BCH in First Baptist Church, Salisbury. 

    He is an influential trustee, donor and cheerleader and has passed along his devotion to BCH to all family members and his pastor Kenneth Lance.

    “Dave Clay is at the top of the list of those who make a significant and positive difference in the mission and history of Baptist Children’s Homes,” said BCH President Michael C. Blackwell.  

    William and Sadie Patterson Byrd


    Campbell University honored William and Sadie Patterson Byrd as philanthropists.

    A retired land developer in Moore and Lee counties, Byrd spent 38 years with Rod Sullivan, Inc., in Sanford, of which he was part owner.

    He served on Campbell’s board of trustees and presidential board of advisors.

    Campbell awarded him an honorary doctorate in 2003. Byrd has been instrumental in the success of numerous capital campaigns including the construction of the John W. Pope, Jr. Convocation Center, Butler Chapel and the Lundy-Fetterman School of Business.

    The Byrds’ generosity extended into the community, where Byrd worked through the Optimist Club, Cameron Boys Home and Jonesboro Heights Baptist Church.  

    BR photo by Norman Jameson

    Kelton Hinton


    The Biblical Recorder recognized Kelton Hinton, director of missions for 11 years of Johnston Baptist Association, and the six churches in his association who are among the top 77 subscribing churches in the state.

    Because church members who read the Biblical Recorder are more involved and more supportive of their churches and of the mission, institutions and ministries of North Carolina Baptists, the Recorder honored those churches which utilize the Recorder in ministry.

    Hinton received the honor on behalf of First Baptist Church, Smithfield; First Baptist Church, Clayton; Pine Level Baptist Church; Clydes Chapel Baptist Church, Wendell; Watkins Chapel Baptist Church, Middlesex and Nobles Baptist Chapel, Sims.

    “Thank you for putting together such a good paper,” Hinton said in a recent note to Recorder staff.

    “I enjoy reading each issue, usually cover to cover. I especially like the missions articles and the pieces about church health and novel ministries among churches.”  

    Ethel Lee Oxendine Locklear


    Woman’s Missionary Union of North Carolina honored Ethel Lee Oxendine Locklear, who was introduced to missions by her mother and Sunbeam leader, Coree Oxendine. 

    Locklear held many positions in WMU in her church and in Burnt Swamp Association.  The association recognized her in 1992 for 40 years of service. Her church, Harpers Ferry Baptist Church in Pembroke, recognized her for 60 years of service. 

    Her pastor Donald Bullard says “Mrs. Ethel’s heart beats for Missions!”

    She has been on several mission trips in the United States and on one to South America where her group ministered in six countries. All these experiences have given Ethel a deeper appreciation of the way God works to share His love with all people.

    “Over the years God has been molding a willing Ethel to have a passion for missions and many lives have been blessed,” said WMU-NC Director Ruby Fulbright.  

    James M. Dunn


    Wake Forest University honored James M. Dunn, longtime Baptist leader and current “founding faculty” member of Wake Forest University Divinity School, where he helps prepare a new generation of ministers.

    Dunn’s prophetic voice has long sounded across the campus and the nation on issues of Christian ethics and Baptist ideals.  In the classroom, the pulpit, and the public square, he has not hesitated to articulate an unashamedly Baptist heritage regarding religious liberty, public policy and social justice.

    For 19 years Dunn was executive director of the Baptist Joint Committee on Public Affairs, promoting causes related to “a free church in a free state.” 

    He has also served as pastor, executive director for the Christian Life Commission, president of Bread for the World, chairman of the Ethics Commission of the Baptist World Alliance, and on boards of Churches Center for Theology and Public Policy, and Religion and Ethics Newsweekly.

    Gerald H. Quinn


    North Carolina Baptist Hospital honored Gerald H. Quinn, who completed his seventh term as a trustee in 2009. 

    During his tenure he served on virtually every board committee, and he chaired committees on Investments, Finance and the Foundation Board.

    He served as the hospital board’s chair in 1983, 1984 and 1994. He is retired president of Quinn Wholesale Company. 

    Donny Lambeth, president of NCBH, said, “Gerald provided invaluable, visionary leadership to Baptist Hospital during its emergence as one of the leading academic medical centers in the nation. His faithfulness to our mission, of providing excellent health care that embraces the healing presence of God, kept us centered in a rapidly changing health care environment.”

    Quinn also has been chair of the Duplin County Commissioners, president of the Warsaw Jaycees, vice president of the North Carolina Jaycees, and a member of the board at Barton College.   

    Carl and Nina Phillips


    Mars Hill College
    honored Carl and Nina Phillips of Charlotte who sold their successful special events business in 2000 and volunteered to be mentors to two “Lost Boys of Sudan.”  Their church, St. John’s Baptist, already was ministering to 40 Sudanese “lost” boys and the Phillipses encouraged them to pursue education.

    The Phillips, who met as students at Mars Hill College, were enthused about the Sudanese students attending Mars Hill College where they remain benefactors.

    The Sudanese men brought a unique dimension of diversity to Mars Hill, an example of how any student with determination can receive an education no matter how harsh and difficult life has been. 

    “Carl and Nina Phillips’ humble commitment to the ‘Lost Boys of Sudan’ surely embodies servant leadership and the believer’s response to ‘loving thy neighbor as thyself,’” said Mars Hill President Dan Lunsford.   

    Burgess and Mary Jane Marshbanks


    North Carolina Baptist Foundation honored Burgess and Mary Jane Marshbanks for exemplary giving and service. The Marshbanks met when Mary Jane came to Burgess’ dentist office for service in 1957. He practiced dentistry in Lillington for 34 years.

    Mary Jane graduated from Mars Hill College, Appalachian State University and UNC-Chapel Hill and she taught English in both high school and college. 

    Burgess has served two terms on the Foundation board and as a trustee of Campbell University. Mary Jane is a Life Trustee of Mars Hill College. 

    Through family scholarship funds at Campbell and Mars Hill, they have been directly involved in awarding 121 scholarships.

    They are charter members of Memorial Baptist Church in Buies Creek where both have been deacons and Sunday School teachers.

    Burgess was chairman of the first Harnett County Planning Board.  

    Wade Shepherd


    Gardner-Webb University
    honored Wade Shepherd for his philanthropy and service to God and humankind.

    Shepherd developed business skills while still in college at Clevenger College of Business.

    For nearly 50 years he owned and operated the Wade Shepherd Company, Shepknit Company, Sheplaw Hosiery and Contour Foam, Inc.

    Shepherd has been a long-time member and leader in Penelope Baptist Church in Hickory for over 50 years.

    He is in his sixth term on the Gardner-Webb board, which honored him with an honorary doctorate in 2003. He is a donor, student recruiter and an unrelenting advocate for Gardner-Webb and its Christian principles.  

    Dale Duncan


    North Carolina Baptist Men honored Dale Duncan, who recently concluded five years as president of the organization. Duncan took early retirement as a school administrator to devote more time and effort to missions and was state disaster relief coordinator before he became president.

    He has participated in at least 20 short-term national and international mission projects just since his retirement after a 38-year career in education as teacher, coach, principal and superintendent of schools in Mitchell County.

    He is a graduate of Gardner-Webb University and was 2004 N.C. Baptist Men Layman of the Year.

    Dale and Angie, his wife of 46 years, have three children and eight grandchildren. They serve together at First Baptist Church, Spruce Pine.
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