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Release date: September 22, 2004
Pinson to present lectures on Baptist distinctives

PLAINVIEW - William M. Pinson, Jr., executive director emeritus for the Baptist General Convention of Texas, will visit Wayland Baptist University on Oct. 5-6 for the university's first Pinson Lecture Series covering Baptist distinctives. These topics have particular relevance because such distinctives are currently being debated in America, specifically that of separation of church and state.

              Pinson is well known in Baptist circles for his writing and speaking about distinctives of the Baptist faith. Among many other publications, he is the author of Who In the World Are Baptists, Anyway? (2001) and has contributed articles to many Christian publications on the topics of distinctives, ethics, Christian ministry, preaching and evangelism and discipleship.

              "Dr. Bill Pinson is an individual who knows Baptist work as few others. His standing and credibility among our state's Baptist family is without equal," said Dr. Paul Armes, Wayland president. "Wayland is honored that he will be on our campus to deliver the Pinson Lecture Series. Our students and staff are looking forward to his arrival."

              The series will begin on Tuesday evening, Oct. 5, with a special meal and lecture to be held in the McClung University Center. The event is free, with reservations required for the meal by Oct. 1.

              Pinson will then speak on Wednesday, Oct. 6 in the university's weekly chapel service at 11 a.m. in Harral Memorial Auditorium. Afterward, he will meet with Wayland's ministerial students in their regular weekly meeting held in McClung Center.

              The Pinson Lecture Series will conclude with a message at the Wednesday evening prayer service at First Baptist Church of Plainview. During his time at Wayland, Pinson will also be speaking to several religion classes.

              A graduate of the University of North Texas and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Pinson did postdoctoral work at Columbia University and Princeton University. He has been given honorary degrees by California Baptist College, Dallas Baptist University, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Hardin-Simmons University and Howard Payne University.

              He served as executive director at the BGCT from 1983-2000, and previously was president at Golden Gate Seminary for five years, now holding the title of President Emeritus. He has taught Christian Ethics at Southwestern Seminary and serves as distinguished university professor at Dallas Baptist and as distinguished visiting professor at Baylor University. He is volunteer director of the Texas Baptist Heritage Center and is actively involved in denominational service.

              Pinson is a trustee for the Baylor Health Care System and is a member of the Baptist History and Heritage Society Council of Advisors; Texas Partnerships Advisory Council; Baptist Heritage and Identity Commission and the Baptist World Aid