FORT WORTH, Texas (SWBTS) – A slight chill in the air provided the perfect outdoor atmosphere for hayrides, hot chocolate and chili during the second annual SWBTS Chili Cook-Off, Nov. 9. The event sponsored by Tate Springs Baptist Church in Arlington and organized by the seminary’s student life office also featured bounce houses, hot dogs, drinks, door prizes, and live music.
Joshua Doss, a Master of Divinity student, took home 1st place for best chili and won an iPad. Other winners included: Celisse Rodriguez, 2nd place and winner of a Kindle Fire; Tasha Moore, 3rd place and winner of a date night package; and Adam Covington, Best-Decorated Table and winner of a gift package.
“With student life, a lot of times, we do events that are particularly related to sports, like intramurals or even Fall and Spring Kickoff events have dodgeball,” said Tyler Durham, student life event coordinator. “The Chili Cook-off is a unique event because it reaches every segment of our student population, including the wives.”
Durham said they were pleasantly surprised by the turnout for the cook-off last year, and in discussions following the event, they felt it represented their goals for student life on campus.
“Last year, what we saw was people mingling and talking and meeting new people, and it was just a fun, festive atmosphere,” Durham said. “We definitely thought this is going to be one of those events that we want to do year-in and year-out because of that.”
“The goal of the event is to get students together in an atmosphere where it’s fun and festive with an opportunity to meet new people and to build relationships. This is just one of our many events that can do that.”
Durham praised Tate Springs Baptist Church for their enthusiastic support and sponsorship of the event “with no strings attached.” Church members not only served food and drinks joyfully, but they provided Frisbees to double as paper plate holders, which helped anchor people’s plates on the windy night. Music for the evening was performed by Erskin Anavitarte, an M.Div. graduate from Southwestern and associate pastor at Ferris Baptist Fellowship in Ferris, Texas.