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Release date: January 30
Wayland hosting Pastors' and Laymen's Conference
Paul Powell

  PLAINVIEW, Texas - The 82 nd annual Panhandle-Plains Pastors' and Laymen's Conference will be held on Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 17-18, at Wayland Baptist University.

  Registration is scheduled for noon on Feb. 17 in the foyer of Harral Memorial Auditorium with afternoon and evening sessions beginning at 1:15 p.m. and 6 p.m. respectively. Three sessions will be held Tuesday at 9:30 a.m., 1:15 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. A Spanish session will be held at 6 p.m. Monday in Brown Chapel.

A minister and family appreciation dinner is scheduled for 5 p.m. Monday in the University Center, room 211. The dinner is sponsored by the Office of Church Services. Please R.S.V.P. the number attending the dinner from your church before the first session by calling 806-291-1165 or email churchservices@wbu.edu .

  A fellowship luncheon will be held Tuesday for current and former Directors of Missions and associate DOMs at noon in the University Center, room 211.

  Registration for the conference is free and open to anyone interested in attending.

  Dr. Paul Powell, Dean of the George W. Truett Seminary in Waco, Texas, will serve as the keynote speaker. Dr. Powell earned a B.A. from Baylor in 1956 and holds a degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary as well as honorary degrees from Baylor, East Texas Baptist University, the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Campbell University and Dallas Baptist University.

  Dr. Powell has served as pastor at Texas Baptist churches in Belfalls, Troy, Taylor, San Marcos and Tyler. He has also written 36 books. Dr. Powell will bring the message during each session of the conference.

The conference Bible studies will be led by Bruce Corley, professor of New Testament at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Gus Suarez, Director of the Division of Missions for the Baptist Convention of New Mexico and Joshua Del Risco of the North American Mission Board, will speak during the Spanish session at 6 p.m. Monday in Brown Chapel.

  Suarez, originally from Havana, Cuba, has served the BCNM since 1992. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland, Mid-America Theological Seminary and Golden Gate Theological Seminary. Rev. Del Risco serves as an interfaith consultant to churches, association and state conventions in developing and implementing plans for comprehensive interfaith education and strategic evangelistic outreach.

  Wayland graduate Kristie Tillman will headline a special Tuesday session for women. Tillman, the daughter of Gary and Doylene Lloyd of Plainview, now lives with her husband and two daughters in Plano where she serves in a variety of musical capacities at Valley Creek Church in Flower Mound. Tillman will lead the music and perform a mini concert during the Tuesday session, beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the Earl W. Miller Recital Hall in Harral Auditorium.

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