FORT WORTH, Texas (SWBTS) – The North American Mission Board (NAMB) recently recognized the Florida Baptist Convention and director of evangelism David Burton with awards named after two honored members of the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary family.
During NAMB’s summer senior leadership meeting, July 25-29, the Florida Baptist Convention received the C.E. Autrey Award for “its commitment to expanding the Kingdom of God as demonstrated by the highest total number of baptisms” among state conventions in 2009. C.E. Autrey served as an evangelism professor at Southwestern prior to his service with the Home Mission Board (now NAMB). His grandson, Denny Autrey, currently serves as dean of the Southwestern’s J. Dalton Havard School for Theological Studies in Houston, Texas.
The mission board also awarded Burton with the Roy Fish Excellence in Evangelism Award for his upstanding leadership in evangelism. The award was named in honor of Fish, distinguished professor of evangelism emeritus, who served at the seminary for more than 40 years. During 2006 and 2007, Fish also served as the interim president for NAMB, after which he was named an “ambassador-at-large” for the mission board. Southwestern named its school of evangelism and missions after Fish in 2005.
Burton, who graduated from Southwestern Seminary with his Master of Divinity degree in 1979, said he often took classes under Fish during his seminary career and was honored to receive the award.
To read more about these two awards, visit the website for the Florida Baptist Witness at