WBU alum, longtime missionary to speak at McCoy Lectures 

Release Date: March 26, 2009    

PLAINVIEW – Dr. Al Gary, longtime missionary to Guadeloupe, French West Indies, will be the keynote speaker for the Sixth Annual McCoy Lectures at Wayland Baptist University, slated for Wednesday, April 1.

A partnership between Wayland and First Baptist Church in Plainview, the McCoy Lectures is funded with an estate gift from Dr. Dorothy McCoy, a distinguished emeritus professor of math at Wayland and longtime FBC member who had a great love for missions. She participated in short-term mission trips after her retirement and hosted a missions emphasis group at the church for many years until her death in November 2001.

Gary will speak at Wayland’s weekly chapel service at 11 a.m. in Harral Auditorium, then again that evening at First Baptist Church at 6 p.m. All events are free and open to the public.

Gary is a Slaton native who received his bachelor’s degree from Wayland in 1966, then a master’s degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1970. He returned to Southwestern for the Doctor of Ministry degree in 1997. Wife Judy, a native of Clovis, N.M., attended Wayland from 1965-67 and finished her bachelor’s degree in French at Texas Tech in 2006. She is currently working on a master’s degree in French at Tech.

The Garys were appointed as missionaries to Guadeloupe in 1972 and completed 36 years of ministry to that region. Their work in the Caribbean nation involved planting and developing churches, theological education and leadership training, conference leadership and reaching professionals through house church ministries.

The couple is on a stateside assignment through September, when they will retire in Lubbock. They were honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award from Wayland in 1986.