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Marshall News Messenger Editorial

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

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Marshall is lucky enough to be the home of several top-notch institutions of higher learning. They are a credit to their fields of study and allow East Texans the opportunity to study in their own backyard.

Last week two of these schools, East Texas Baptist University and Wiley College, signed an articulation agreement that will fast track the completion of a Master of Arts in Religion from ETBU for Wiley students. The program will allow seniors at Wiley to earn dual credit for courses in religion, in one swoop rounding out their bachelor’s degree and getting a head start on their master’s.

This program will surely foster a closer relationship between the two institutions. Wiley and ETBU already share many qualities, not least of which are they are both private schools, they each stress Christian values and serving the community and one another. This program will bring a greater diversity to all students enrolled who will be able to share their unique experiences learned at their respective colleges with one another. This agreement will benefit students in several ways.

While there are scholarships and financial aid available to students, there is no way to gloss over the expense of a college degree. Being able to shave off even a few semesters from a student’s college career can save thousands of dollars of debt the student or parents would otherwise owe after graduation.

Time saved is another great advantage of this program. While many students enjoy the simple act of learning in itself, being able to complete one’s education and begin working in a chosen career path quickly is no small benefit.

Earning a master’s degree before the typical timeline could feel like a reward for students who know going into their degree plan what they want to do in life and what they want to achieve in school.

We are glad to see this type of program adopted locally as it has been implemented successfully at other, larger schools in the state.

This is the first time an articulation agreement has been set between the institutions and ETBU President Samuel “Dub” Oliver and Wiley President Haywood L. Strickland both expressed their positive hopes for the future of the program and the cooperation of the two schools at the signing last Wednesday.

We hope students see the tremendous value in this dual education program and seek these schools out to be a part of the master’s program. The success of the program will be measured by the success of the students as they prepare for life after college.

(Editorial published in the Marshall News Messenger, March 23, 2014)

Hammers, Nails, Lumber…

Monday, November 11th, 2013
ETBU students help put up a wall at an all woman build for Habitat for Humanity Marshall.  Photo by Lisa Seeley.

ETBU female students put up a wall at a build for Habitat for Humanity Marshall. Photo by Lisa Seeley.

Hammers, nails, and lumber instead of text books, smart phones, and tablets were in the hands of 14 female East Texas Baptist University students this past Saturday (Nov. 9) in Marshall. 

ETBU male and female students involved in a Habitat for Humanity project in Marshall is not something new. What makes the latest build different is the volunteer base is all women.  It is the first ever women’s build for Habitat for Humanity Marshall.

According to ETBU Director of the Great Commission Center Dr. Lisa Seeley, “We were there helping to put up the walls of the house.  It was awesome!”

Last week members of the local chapter were on campus participating in ETBU’s Mission Marketplace to seek out volunteers.  Only requirements for volunteers are a good hammer and nail pouch, and if you don’t have one, Habitat for Humanity Marshall has plenty.   

Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian ministry founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a decent, safe and affordable place to live.  The homes that the ministry builds are simple, decent and affordable to low-income families.

The all women build is the 12th Habitat For Humanity project in Marshall.   Dr. Seeley shared, “We will be back out there this Saturday at 8:00 a.m.”

For more information on Habitat for Humanity Marshall, click here.

Simple Philosophy Helps First Coushatta’s Growth

Friday, August 9th, 2013
Dr. Nathan Rogers, pastor of First Baptist Church, Coushatta, La. Photo courtesy of Brian Blackwell.

Dr. Nathan Davis, pastor of First Baptist Church, Coushatta, La. Photo courtesy of Brian Blackwell.

What a blessing to hear about an ETBU graduate making a difference in the Kingdom of God.  Nathan Davis graduated in 2002. Just this past May, he became Dr. Davis as he received his Doctor of Ministry in Expository Preaching from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Nathan is currently serving as the pastor of First Baptist Church of Coushatta, Louisiana. Since 2010, the congregation of 175 has seen a 45 percent increase in Sunday morning attendance.  In the same time period, the church has baptized 22.

His wife, Melanie (Latiolais) graduated from ETBU in 2000.  Melanie is a stay at home mom with their children, Reagan and McKinley.

The Louisiana Baptist Message printed a story recently featuring what God is doing at First Baptist Coushatta.  Read the story by Brian Blackwell by clicking here.

Alumnus Pastors Church Recognized for Creativity in Missions

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

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The Texas Baptist Missions Foundation (TBMF) honored First Baptist Church of Universal City (FBCUC) with Innovator Award for Creativity in Missions. The pastor of FBCUC is East Texas Baptist University alumnus David Lindow.  The award was given to FBCUC during the TBMF Missions Awards Luncheon held during the recent Texas Baptist Family Gathering held in San Antonio.

            “To be quite honest, we were shocked. We are not trying to be innovated but obedient to the call,” Lindow said. “As our people develop passions concerning different missions we empower them to do them.  Currently, we have 26 missions ministries occurring with members championing the causes.  Most of the vibrant mission ministries were the brain child of the membership, not the staff.  That’s humbling but exciting.”        The Innovator Award honors an individual or organization that has provided a model for ministry that others can adopt. The program for the award luncheon described FBCUC this way, “The church not only provides a blueprint for building missions, but infuses the ‘actual construction’ with the personality and the intent of Christ. This church is committed to ‘Loving up, Loving in, and Loving out’- encouraging all members to express God’s love in their community, state, nation and world.”     

Lindow is not the only ETBU graduate on the ministerial staff of FBCUC.  He serves with fellow Tigers Bryan Cash and Charles Fannin. “Serving with two other ETBU graduates has been a great joy.  Being able to reflect back on former professors and classmates has been a joy,” reflected Lindow.

“One of those ETBU graduates happens to be my father-in-law (Charles Fannin), who now serves as our Senior Adult minister.  What a joy to have a godly father-in-law who is also a partner in ministry.  The other is our executive pastor.  I couldn’t lead this congregation without the expertise of Bryan Cash.  His attention to detail and impeccable people skills complement my gifts perfectly.” 

Lindow graduated from ETBU in 1984, Cash in 1985 and Fannin in 1959.

            FBCUC ministers to the community through their Needs and Seeds Ministry (household donations for the needy), New Found Freedom Ministry (outreach to the incarcerated at Giddings State School), Palisades Park Fellowship (multi-housing complex weekly worship), Women’s Shelter Bible Study, English as a Second Language classes, Spanish Ministry Sunday School class, medical and dental mission trips to the border, Disaster Relief Team, and other mission opportunities.

            Lindow has fond memories of his time at ETBU.  “The fondest memory I have is meeting my beautiful wife Lisa.  God connected me to my life and ministry partner while at ETBU.”

“Second to that would be the impact of my religion professors Dr. Don Potts and Dr. Franklin Atkinson. These two men had a profound impact upon my ministry development.  I learned more about pastoral care under Dr. Potts than I did at seminary. Dr. Atkinson taught me the incredible importance of attitude in ministry by his perpetual upbeat spirit. I’ll never forget the day that Dr. Atkinson sent someone to get me out of bed to attend Greek class because he thought I was over in my absentees. He was determined not to let me flunk. What a professor,” shared Lindow. 

The Texas Baptist Family Gathering was a meeting like never before as the African American Fellowship of Texas, Texas Fellowship of Cowboy Churches, Vietnamese Baptist Fellowship of Texas, Lao Baptist Fellowship, Chinese Baptist Fellowship and Hispanic Baptist Convention held their respective annual meetings in conjunction with the Baptist General Convention of Texas Annual Meeting.

ETBU students, faculty spread globally for summer

Monday, July 15th, 2013

Logo and 3 EsMay Term at ETBU was a great opportunity for students to study abroad, if they choose. This past term, students traveled with ETBU professors to five continents: Asia, Africa, South America, Europe and North America.

In China, Dr. Kathleen Mays led one group in studying international business. A 2nd group studied ecology and ecological management led by Dr. Roy Darville. Mark Yates led a 3rd group engaging in a cultural exchange.

In Ethiopia, Dr. Elijah Brown led students in studying the History of Christianity in Africa.

In Ecuador, Dr. Catherine Cone and Connie Wyszynski co-led in teaching Global Community Health.

In England, Dr. Cassie Falke taught British Romanticism literature to ETBU students.

In Israel, President Dr. Dub Oliver and Dr. Israel Nandamudi led a group to the Holy Land focusing on the History, Politics and Religion of Israel.

What an experience for the students that will be a memory for a lifetime.

Read about experiences in Israel, Ethiopia, and Ecuador by clicking on the appropriate link.


To read about ETBU Students Journey to Israel to Study Culture, Politics, click here.


To read about ETBU Students Travel to Ethiopia, click here.


To read about ETBU Students Combine Study, Ministry In Ecuador, click here.


To read about ETBU Students Overcome Travel Obstacles While In Ecuador, click here.


Dr. Bashaw gives baccalaureate service for Marshall ISD graduating class

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013
Dr. Jennifer Bashaw

Dr. Jennifer Bashaw

Dr. Jennifer Bashaw, Assistant Professor of New Testament at ETBU, delivered the sermon Thursday night at the baccalaureate service honoring the Marshall High School 2013 graduating class. She encouraged the graduates to set themselves apart from current trends by following God, being patient, and aligning their social media persona with who they truly are.

The service was at Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Marshall, and it featured prayers, readings and songs from students. The Marshall High School Chorale and String Ensemble both performed.

For news and information from the School of Christian Studies, click here.

Serving others on Spring Break

Thursday, March 28th, 2013
Macy Yglecias from East Texas Baptist University hands out cards for free rides to a couple on South Padre Island. Gabe Hernandez/San Antonio Express-News

Macy Yglecias from East Texas Baptist University hands out cards for free rides to a couple on South Padre Island.
Gabe Hernandez/San Antonio Express-News

Spring Break was an opportunity for many students at ETBU to use the time off to go and serve. The Great Commission Center, led by Dr. Melody Maxwell, took a group of students to East Tennessee to serve with One Accord Ministries. While in Rogersville, Tenn., students made home visits, worked in a food pantry and thrift store. Nine ETBU students joined Friendship Baptist Church of Marshall for their annual mission trip to East Saint Louis, Illinois, to work with a local church to minister to children and help with a construction project. The pastor of Friendship is Matt Paul, his wife, Kelley, is the administrative assistant to ETBU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Sherilyn Emberton.

Read the full story, here.

The ETBU Baptist Student Ministry once again served at Beach Reach on South Padre Island ministering to college students by providing free rides and pancakes. The San Antonio Express reported on the event and interviewed ETBU student Amber Smith.

To read the Express story, click here.

Service to the community

Monday, January 14th, 2013

The Great Commission Center has worked to improve Robert E. Lee Elementary in Marshall — most recently by planting shrubs and flowers at the school’s entrance.

The Marshall News Messenger featured Dr. Melody Maxwell, Director of the Great Commission Center, and the group’s work at Robert E. Lee Elementary in Marshall.

The group recently planted flowers and shrubs around the school’s entrance. In the fall, the GCC helped build a playground at the school.

Dr. Maxwell told the News Messenger the work is a vital part of the university’s mission.

“Basically the goal of what we’re doing is to connect our students and others with opportunities to serve,” she said. “We say we have the light on the hill here, and as Christians, our goal is to let our light shine for others so they’ll see God and glorify him.

“It can be easy in campus life to get absorbed in our own things, classes and stuff like that and we want our students to have a broader view of what God is doing around the world, starting right here in Marshall.”

Read the story, here.

Playground build

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

Dr. Dub Oliver, left, was among many people from ETBU helping build the playground at Lee Elementary in Marshall.
Mike Midkiff/ETBU Photo

On Saturday, Nov. 17, volunteers from East Texas Baptist University helped build a new playground at Robert E. Lee Elementary School in Marshall.

According to the story in the Marshall News Messenger, more than 30 students postponed their Thanksgiving holiday to help construct the playground.

“This project really shows the character of our students,” Dr. Oliver said. “We hope they come away with a sense of giving back to the community and giving to others.”

Read the full story here.

Local Media Celebrates ETBU’s Community Impact

Friday, October 19th, 2012

It is reasonable to think we are excited about ETBU, about homecoming, about our Centennial Celebration this weekend.

Excited…more like REALLY EXCITED!!!!! And one of those things we are excited about is the impact that we as a University, and member of the Marshall community, and greater East Texas community, make upon this area – even the world.

That’s why when we read that the Marshall News-Messenger says things like, “Had we a bit more talent, perhaps we could adequately express in words the meaning of East Texas Baptist University to Harrison County and the city of Marshall,” we feel honored.

Or when we hear things like this from, “Even today, with students from the world over, ETBU is at heart an East Texas institution,” we feel grateful.

When it comes to accolades like these, we are quick to keep our perspective.  We have had great success as a University, through good times and bad, but we strive always to keep our focus on making an impact in the lives of our students, faculty, staff, and family, being a positive influence on the surrounding community, being a beacon of quality education, and being a light for Jesus Christ in this world, remembering that our boast is in the Lord Jesus. (Ps 34:2)

We are a Tiger Family so proud of what the Lord has done on the Hill, and we are so very thankful for the kind words from these two sources, and for so many who have voiced kind words of congratulation to us! GO BLUE!

You can get the full story from the Marshall News-Messenger here and from here.