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Cooper School of Missions and Biblical Studies

Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 9:43am

Hattiesburg, Miss., October 10, 2013 - Pictured are (left to right) Dr. Tim Glaze, director of Baptist Student Union (BSU) at William Carey University, Dr. Rebekah Naylor, global health care consultant for Baptist Global Response, and Shane Thrash, assistant director of BSU at WCU, before Dr. Naylor spoke at WCU’s  chapel service on October 9. Dr. Naylor, who served as a missionary to India through the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention for 37 years, was the featured guest speaker throughout BSU’s Global Opportunities Week, which concluded with the Missions Banquet on October 10. Over the tenure of her missionary career in India, she used her M.D. degree and medical background to organize training programs in allied health disciplines, set up accredited residency training programs for doctors, and establish the Rebekah Ann Naylor School of Nursing.
 

Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - 8:19am

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>.

Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 10:23am

Hattiesburg, Miss., September 12, 2013 - Dr. Jim Futral, executive director/treasurer of the Mississippi Baptist Convention Board, was the guest speaker for William Carey University’s chapel on September 11 in Smith Auditorium. The Chapel Choir and Symphonic Winds performed and led the students, faculty, and staff in song prior to Dr. Futral’s message.

Friday, May 10, 2013 - 2:01pm

Hattiesburg, Miss., May 10, 2013 - Sen. Chris McDaniel will speak at one of William Carey University’s commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 18, at 1 p.m. in Smith Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus. Nearly 800 students will graduate from WCU in four ceremonies. This ceremony will honor graduates receiving degrees from the school of business, school of education, school of missions and Biblical studies, and the school of music.

Sen. McDaniel, a partner in the law firm of Hortman, Harlow, Bassi, Robinson & McDaniel, PLLC in Laurel, is a two-term state senator who has authored numerous pieces of legislation, including Nathan’s Law and the Mississippi Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Act. He is licensed to practice law in Texas and Mississippi and has represented some of the largest corporations in the country. In 2010, he was named one of the Top-50 leading lawyers in Mississippi.

Sen. McDaniel was also named one of the top young attorneys in the Southeastern United States and named a Mid-Southeastern United States and a Mid-South Rising Star by Super Lawyers. He has received numerous honors and awards in the community including 2010 Laurel Leader Call Citizen of the Year, Who’s Who in American Politics, and Pine Belt Counselors Association Meritorious Service Award. Sen. McDaniel is a member of West Ellisville Baptist Church, the Rotary Club, and many other organizations. From 2004-2007, he was the radio host for Right Side Radio, a pro-Christian organization dedicated to the advocacy of conservative philosophy and ideals, and currently guest hosts radio talk shows in the SuperTalk network.

In 1992, Sen. McDaniel graduated from Jones County Junior College after playing basketball for two years. He then completed his bachelor’s degree at William Carey College before earning his Juris Doctor from the University of Mississippi. He and his wife Jill have two children: Cambridge and Chamberlain.
 

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 - 10:35am

Hattiesburg, Miss., April 16, 2013 - William Carey University will host the Bivocational and Small Church Leadership Network (BSCLN) National Celebration April 18-20. The conference, titled “Networking with the Iron Men,” will include numerous meetings, lectures, music led by WCU’s School of Music, breakout sessions, a banquet, and other social events.

Program personalities include Dr. Philip Caples, professor of religion at Caskey Divinity School of Louisiana College, Pineville, La.; Bobby and Pennie Clark, Abbott Baptist Church of Mansfield, Ark.; Dr. Tim Dowdy, pastor of Eagle’s Landing First Baptist Church, McDonough, Ga.; Don Dunavent, pastor of Clarksdale Baptist Church; Dr. Jim Futral, executive director of the Mississippi Baptist Convention; Dr. Sammy Gilbreath, director of evangelism for the Alabama Board of Missions; Ray Gilder, BSCLN National coordinator from McMinnville, Tenn.; Kenny Heath, associational missionary of Western Baptist Association of Cumberland, MD; Dr. Tommy King, president of WCU, and Joe Young, pastor and MRM coordinator from Charleston, Miss.

To register, interested persons can go to biovosmallchurch.net and click on “National Celebration April 18-20, 2013 Registration” or contact Ray Gilder at (931) 607-3146. The public can attend the general sessions.