Giving Cooperatively

Dr. Doug Wilson Giving, Spring 2014

The Southern Baptist Convention was established in 1845, with churches unified through state conventions and local associations, to which individual congregations petitioned for membership. Autonomy of the local church is one of the major tenets of Baptist doctrine, and Baptists are fiercely independent. A seminary professor once likened the term “independent Baptist” to “tooth dentist” or “hair barber.” It’s redundant; …

Celebrating a Life: The Frank F. Smith, Jr. Memorial Scholarship

Dr. Ted Mashburn Giving, Spring 2014

In March 16, 1960, just one quarter of a mile from his hometown of Stapleton in Baldwin County, a 17-year-old junior at Baldwin County High School, Frank Ferrell Smith Jr., was involved in an automobile accident that resulted in his death. He was tall (6’ 3”), athletic (played basketball and football), musical (a percussionist), handsome and popular. He was in …

Raising Friends: Dr. Fred & Sue Lackey Memorial Scholarship

Kathy Dean Giving, Spring 2014

Dr. Fred Lackey’s official title at the University of Mobile is “assistant to the president” directing the school’s church and denomination relations. He prefers another title. “I call myself the Chief Resident Hugger of the University of Mobile,” Lackey said. His energetic embrace of life and passion for sharing God’s love with every person he meets has made Lackey an …

To Learn is to Be Known: Dr. Sue Gober

Trey Taulbee Learning, Spring 2014

When Dr. Sue Gober walks into a room – the energy changes. She radiates the familiarity and warmth of an old friend, even with those she has never met. She encourages with her smile and instills confidence with her words. A former kindergarten teacher and avid cupcake baker, she knows just the right way to make a student feel special …