Wayland to host 88th Pastors' and Laymen's Conference

Release Date: February 25, 2009    

PLAINVIEW – Wayland Baptist University will host the 88th annual Panhandle Plains Pastors’ and Laymen’s Conference March 9-10.

           This year’s focus is on “Doing More Than We Can Dream” with Ephesians 3:20-21 serving as the focal text for the conference. The scripture has also served as the scripture reference for Wayland’s centennial celebration that has been ongoing throughout the year.

Guest speakers at the event will include Dr. Calvin Miller, Christine Wyrtzen, Dr. Randel Everett and Dr. Paul Armes.

A native of Enid, Okla., Dr. Miller graduated from Oklahoma Baptist University with a bachelor’s degree in 1958. He attended Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, completing his doctoral work in 1975. After spending 28 years in the pastorate, Miller took a teaching position at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth in 1991. He served as professor of communication and ministry studies and writer-in-residence until 1998. In January of 1999, Miller joined the faculty of Samford University’s Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Ala., where he is currently Professor of Preaching and Pastoral Ministry. Dr. Miller has written more than 40 books of popular theology and inspiration, and his poems and freelance articles have appeared in various journals and magazines.

Wyrtzen is a recording artist; author, speaker, and host of the nationally syndicated radio program Daughters of Promise. She has been known for 30 years as a musician and writer with 15 albums and two books to her credit. She has been nominated for a Dove Award and long admired for her ability to communicate to an audience. An artist with words, her poetic bent is evident in whatever she creates.

Dr. Everett became executive director of the Baptist General Convention of Texas in March 2008. He came to the BGCT role after serving as senior pastor of a number of churches, including three in Texas. He also was founding president of The John Leland Center for Theological Studies in Arlington, Virginia. Dr. Everett holds a master's degree and a doctorate from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth. He also has been very involved in the Baptist World Alliance, including serving as chair of the 2000 BWA Pastors Conference in Melbourne, Australia.  He also has been involved in state convention and associational work.

Dr. Armes graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Baylor University in 1971. He holds a Master of Divinity Degree and a Ph.D. in Old Testament from Southwestern Seminary. Dr. Armes has pastored churches in Kansas City, Lubbock and Corpus Christi. He also served as president of San Marcos Baptist Academy. In 2001, Dr. Armes was named the thirteenth president of Wayland Baptist University where he currently serves.

The conference will also feature several breakout session led by various church leaders and Wayland faculty members. There is also a special Centennial Reception, “An Evening with Dr. Wayland” scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

For more information or to register for the conference, contact Micheal Summers, Director of Church Services at Wayland, by calling 806-291-1165, or by email at summer@wbu.edu.