Willson Lectures feature Bruce Ammons

February 6, 2017


Portrait of Bruce Ammons
Wayland alum and author of Conquering Debt God's Way, Bruce Ammons, will be the featured speaker for the Willson Lectures.

PLAINVIEW – Wayland Baptist University welcomes Bruce Ammons, the author of Conquering Debt God’s Way, as the guest speaker for the Willson Lectures at 11 a.m. on Feb. 15 in Harral Memorial Auditorium.

Ammons, a Wayland graduate, is a pastor at Sugar Creek Baptist Church in Sugar Land. He has presented the live Conquering Debt God’s Way seminar at more than 500 churches in 24 states. Ammons will speak during Wayland’s regular chapel service on Wednesday and will host a question-and-answer session over lunch immediately following the chapel service in Room 211 of the University Center.

Admission to the chapel service is free of charge and open to the public. Those interested may attend the question-and-answer session, but they are responsible for their own lunch.

The Willson Lectures were established in 1950 by gifts from Floydada residents James M. and Mavis Willson, successful business persons and active community residents. The Willsons were dedicated Methodist laypersons who were active in their local church. In addition, Dr. Willson served as a trustee at McMurry University, Southern Methodist University, and the former Methodist Hospital in Lubbock.

Mr. Willson was the recipient of several awards and honors, including honorary doctorates from Texas Wesleyan University and McMurry University. He was given a humanities award from Southwestern College and a merit award from Wayland. Wayland also nominated him for the Freedom Foundation Award in 1960, which he received in Valley Forge, Pa. He participated in numerous civic organizations, including the West Texas Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, the Masons and the Shriners.

The Willsons intended for the annual lectureship to feature topics related to “Applied Christianity” and “Christian Home and Family Life” and they worked to secure outstanding speakers over the years.

Ammons and his wife, Ruthie, met at Wayland and have been married for 34 years. They have three daughters, Carlee, Shaylee and Allee, one son-in-law, Andrew, and one granddaughter, Micaiah.