FORT WORTH, Texas (SWBTS) -- Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary honored Edward and Shirley Pauley and Ruben and Stella Jimenez, March 11, as L.R. Scarborough Award recipients. The L.R. Scarborough Awards recognize those uniquely used by the Lord to influence others to bring donor support to Southwestern Seminary.
Edward Pauley serves as vice provost for academic programs and professor of philosophy at Southwestern. An avid churchman, he and his wife, Shirley, have been members of Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas, for more than 20 years, teaching Sunday school and apologetics classes throughout that time.
The Pauleys each grew up in Boston and were married in 1964. Edward earned his master’s and Ph.D. degrees in philosophy from Boston University. Additionally, the Pauleys’ two children, Debbi and David, are Southwestern graduates.
“There are only two things that last forever … the Word of God, which lives and abides forever, and people last forever in one place or another,” Edward Pauley said.
“Can you imagine the privilege of being part of a ministry in which you invest that which is eternal into those who are eternal? Therefore, every single effort has eternal value and consequence. This is such a privilege, it’s hard to even express, and I’m having fun.”
Ruben and Stella Jimenez have been married for more than 40 years and are active in public service and in the local church. Stella owns a hairdressing business and serves as a children’s Sunday school teacher at Birchman Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas. Ruben serves as a deacon at Birchman and is a retired post office civil servant and former chairman of the Republican National Hispanic Assembly (2004-2007).
The Jimenez became friends with Southwestern through meeting Drew and Inez Clifton in the 1960s. Drew Clifton, a judge in the Fort Worth area, mentored the young Ruben Jimenez. Inez Clifton befriended Stella Jimenez later in life. Widowed through the death of her husband in 1988, Inez was grateful for the influence and deepening friendship of Stella, who was able to help her with daily responsibilities as well as care for her in her old age. Inez went to be with the Lord in 2003, and Mrs. Jimenez served as executrix of her estate.
“As she planned her will and estate, she asked if I could help her find a place to leave a donation that could be used to serve others,” Stella said. “We agreed that the seminary would benefit those that were called to serve the Lord.
“Inez and I enjoyed studying God’s word and serving others. The seminary was the best place to make sure that God’s blessings would be spread.”