Southwestern News magazine highlights Houston

FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) — The fall issue of Southwestern News magazine highlights Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s contributions to America’s fourth largest city — Houston, Texas.

The city is home to the seminary’s J. Dalton Havard School for Theological Studies, the only freestanding Baptist seminary in South Texas. Last year, the campus was accredited to award several types of master’s degrees. Students may now complete degrees at the campus without attending the seminary’s main campus in Fort Worth.

Houston is brimming with opportunities to bring the gospel to a myriad of people, the magazine notes. From Fortune 500 businessmen, to immigrants from all over the world, to wealthy Texans, to poor inner-city families, Houston is a microcosm of 21st century America.

The Havard School’s new dean, Denny Autrey, is pictured on the cover, and his life and ministry are outlined inside. Two stories feature Houston-based Southwestern Seminary students and alumni who are impacting Houston with the message of Jesus Christ.

Roy Guel is a current student on the Houston campus. He is also the minister of missions at Sagemont Baptist Church. In a partnership with the First Baptist Church of Houston, Guel implements a strategy to revitalize declining churches in transitional neighborhoods. He brings financial and human resources to bear in helping once-vibrant churches reach their changing neighborhoods with Vacation Bible Schools, Bible studies and Gospel preaching.

Korean-born Augustine Kim and his wife, Angela, are graduates of Southwestern Seminary’s Houston extension program. Augustine Kim is a successful dentist and also the founding pastor of the Asian-American Church in Houston. As a pastor, Kim ministers particularly to second-generation Asian-Americans; through his dental practice, he ministers to a broad cross-section of immigrants that are settling in the Houston-Baytown-Sugar Land gateway metropolitan area.

The value of Southwestern having a presence in Houston is shown in the story of Brian Goodman. Goodman was a professional football player with the Dallas Cowboys and Houston Oilers in the mid-1970s. After his wife’s testimony won him to faith in Jesus Christ, he enrolled in the master of divinity degree program at Southwestern in Houston. Today, he is impacting the area in and around Phoenix, Ariz., as the pastor of the 1,500-member Foothills Baptist Church.

In other sections of the magazine are stories on the election of four Southwestern alumni to top SBC posts, eight new faculty publications, and the creation of the seminary’s new 13-member traveling singing group, Southwestern Sound.

Created to lead times of worship in churches of all sizes, Southwestern Sound exists “to present the best possible offerings to their Savior and, in the process, attract other students who want to give their best in ministry to the Lord,” according to James Caldwell, the group’s director and Southwestern Seminary’s director of recruitment.

For a free subscription and a copy of the current Southwestern News, contact Brent Thompson, associate director of news and information at Southwestern Seminary, at bthompson@swbts.edu or (817) 923-1921 ext. 7220.

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