Lingenfelter speaks as part of McCoy Lecture Series

PLAINVIEW - Sherwood G. Lingenfelter, Ph.D., will be the featured speaker at Wayland Baptist University's chapel service at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 24, as part of the McCoy Lecture Series sponsored by First Baptist Church of Plainview and Wayland. The public is invited to join the chapel service.

The McCoy Lecture Series is named after the late Dorothy McCoy, Ph.D., who served as a professor of mathematics and is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Wayland. The lecture series seeks to honor McCoy's passion for missions.

McCoy joined the Wayland faculty in 1949 and taught mathematics until her retirement in 1975. After retiring, McCoy realized a long-time dream of mission work by taking a six-month stint in Malawi, Africa, teaching missionary children. After a year back in Plainview, she traveled to Indonesia to work at a school for missionary children for three months.

McCoy's love of missions eventually bloomed into a mission interest group which she started with a local missionary who was home on furlough. The group met in her home before finding its permanent location at First Baptist Church.

Dr. Lingenfelter serves as professor, provost and senior vice president at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, Calif., the largest multi-denominational seminary in the world.

An active participant in missions, Dr. Lingenfelter has studied with short term research projects with the Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL) in Brazil, Cameroon and Suriname. He has also served as consultant to SIL in Papua New Guinea, Borneo, Philippines, Africa and Latin America.

Dr. Lingenfelter has published several books concerning missions, including Agents of Transformation: A Guide for Effective Cross-Cultural Ministry, Transforming Culture: A Challenge for Christian Missions and Ministering Cross-Culturally.

In addition to Dr. Lingenfelter's extensive academic career that includes teaching at State University of New York and Biola University as well as serving as provost and senior vice president at Biola, he has also served as a licensed elder at the Fellowship of Brethren Churches and a two-year stint as missions pastor in Arbury Hill, Ill., as well as assistant pastor in the First Brethren Church of W. Kittanning, Penn.