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Global Health Care Consultant to Speak at WCU

Hattiesburg, Miss., October 8, 2013 - Dr. Rebekah Naylor, global health care consultant for Baptist Global Response, will serve as guest speaker for William Carey University’s chapel service at 9:25 a.m. on October 9 as part of Baptist Student Union’s (BSU) Global Opportunities Week. She will also speak at the BSU’s Mission Banquet on October 10 at 4:30 p.m.

Dr. Naylor graduated from Baylor University before going on to graduate Vanderbilt University School of Medicine with an M.D. degree in 1968. She then became the first female resident in general surgery at Southwestern Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas.

Dr. Naylor was appointed by the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention as a missionary to India in 1973. Rebekah was appointed by the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention as a missionary to India in 1973. Arriving at the new Bangalore Baptist Hospital in early 1974, she launched a missionary career that included busy clinical practice, administrative responsibility, and teaching.  She led major expansion of the facilities and services, and in the 1990’s, she organized training programs in allied health disciplines, set up accredited residency training programs for doctors, initiated a training program for chaplains, and established the Rebekah Ann Naylor School of Nursing in 1996.

Over the tenure of her missionary career in India, Dr. Naylor was involved in church development in the state of Karnataka working alongside Indian pastors and church planters, serving as strategy coordinator for the state from 1999 - 2009, when she retired from active IMB service.  Returning to the States for family reasons in 2002, Dr. Naylor joined the faculty at UT Southwestern Medical Center and retired as a clinical associate professor of surgery in 2010.

Serving now as global health care consultant for Baptist Global Response, she is mobilizing health care personnel to meet medical needs all around the world.  She continues to make frequent trips to India to participate in the ministry of Bangalore Baptist Hospital.

For more information about Dr. Naylor or Global Opportunities Week at WCU, call (601) 318-6161 or email sthrash@wmcarey.edu<mailto:sthrash@wmcarey.edu>.

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Pictured is Dr. Rebekah Naylor, global health care consultant for Baptist Global Response, who will serve as guest speaker for William Carey University’s chapel service at 9:25 a.m. on October 9 and will be featured as part of Baptist Student Union’s (BSU) Global Opportunities Week.