BSC, institutions, agencies give Heritage Awards
Staff and press reports
May 05, 2010

BSC, institutions, agencies give Heritage Awards

BSC, institutions, agencies give Heritage Awards
Staff and press reports
May 05, 2010

Fourteen individuals or

couples received recognition April 20 at the 10th annual Baptist Heritage

Awards event in Greensboro, recognizing their contributions to the success of

North Carolina Baptist entities.

G. Byrns Coleman

Wingate University

honored G. Byrns Coleman for his 50 years as a professor. Coleman is chair of

Wingate’s Department of Religious Studies and is the university’s Harry & Frances

Cannon Professor of Humanities. He is admired for his strength as a theologian,

teacher and friend of many in Baptist life and higher education.

He has been supply and

interim pastor of numerous area churches. Dennis Burton, director of missions

for the Union Baptist Association, calls Coleman “one of the best known Baptist

pastors in our county.” His weekly Bible study program, aired over the

Wingate University television station, is in its 20th year.

A native of Tennessee,

Coleman is a graduate of Belmont College, Southern Baptist Theological

Seminary, Scarritt College, and Vanderbilt University.

Eugene M. Langley Jr.

Meredith College

honored Raleigh businessman and trustee Eugene M. Langley Jr., for sharing

time, talents and resources.

Langley, a graduate of

UNC at Chapel Hill, built Resource Management Associates (now part of Raymond

James Financial Services).

Langley and his wife

Vicky maintain strong ties to Meredith College. Since 1997, he has served three

terms on the Meredith Board of Trustees and chaired the search committee that

brought current but retiring president Maureen Hartford to Meredith. The

Langley Family Scholarship provides financial assistance for students studying


In recognition of their

significant philanthropy, the Langleys are members of the College’s Stringfield

Society, Heritage Society, and the Thomas Meredith Society. Through his

loyal, diligent and tireless efforts and his commitment to higher education,

Gene Langley continues to create exciting opportunities for current and future

generations of students, faculty and staff.

Mary Anne and Jesse Croom

Chowan University

honored Jesse J. and Mary Anne Croom for their service through the local

church and Baptist institutions.

In the local church

Mary Anne has been teacher, WMU leader and deacon. She has been on the WMU-NC

executive board and is currently a network specialist for adults.

She established a

scholarship at Chowan and is now in her fifth term on the university’s board of


Mary Anne and her

daughter, Malinda Schantz, also donated land for a Baptist Children’s Home


As a pastor Jesse led

Baptist churches in Caswell County; Dunn; Nichols, S.C.; Charlotte; Carrboro; and


He has been a trustee

at Gardner-Webb University and Baptist Children’s Homes, and served on the

boards of the Biblical Recorder and the Baptist State Convention, including two

years as president of the Council on Christian Higher Education.

Joe Brown

The Baptist State

Convention of North Carolina honored Joe Brown, pastor of North Carolina’s

largest Baptist church. Brown became the fourth pastor of Hickory Grove Baptist

in Charlotte in 1984 and the church has grown from 2,155 to 14,734.

In some years, Hickory

Grove has baptized as many as 400 people. This year church members will go on

mission trips from South America to Africa, while continuing to serve their

local community through hands-on mission projects. The church has also

established ministries to Latin Americans and Brazilians.

Hickory Grove Baptist

Christian School has more than 1,000 students.

Hickory Grove has

consistently been one of the BSC’s top contributors to missions, giving more

than $1 million through the Cooperative Program from 2005-2009. The church has

frequently offered their facilities for statewide Baptist meetings.

David Clay

Baptist Children’s

Homes of North Carolina honored David Clay for his dedication in service to

children and to BCH.

Because of his love for

children and a deep desire to make life better for them and for their families,

Clay has worked tirelessly for over half a century on behalf of Baptist

Children’s Homes.

Clay annually

spearheads the Thanksgiving Offering drive for BCH in First Baptist Church,


He is an influential trustee, donor and cheerleader and

has passed along his devotion to BCH to all family members and his

pastor Kenneth Lance.

“Dave Clay is at the

top of the list of those who make a significant and positive difference in the

mission and history of Baptist Children’s Homes,” said BCH President Michael C.


William and Sadie Patterson Byrd

Campbell University

honored William and Sadie Patterson Byrd as philanthropists.

A retired land

developer in Moore and Lee counties, Byrd spent 38 years with Rod Sullivan,

Inc., in Sanford, of which he was part owner.

He served on Campbell’s board of

trustees and presidential board of advisors.

Campbell awarded him an honorary

doctorate in 2003.

Byrd has been

instrumental in the success of numerous capital campaigns including the

construction of the John W. Pope, Jr. Convocation Center, Butler Chapel and the

Lundy-Fetterman School of Business.

The Byrds’ generosity

extended into the community, where Byrd worked through the Optimist Club,

Cameron Boys Home and Jonesboro Heights Baptist Church.

BR photo by Norman Jameson

Kelton Hinton

The Biblical Recorder

recognized Kelton Hinton, director of missions for 11 years of Johnston Baptist

Association, and the six churches in his association who are among the top 77

subscribing churches in the state.

Because church members

who read the Biblical Recorder are more involved and more supportive of their

churches and of the mission, institutions and ministries of North Carolina

Baptists, the Recorder honored those churches which utilize the Recorder in


Hinton received the

honor on behalf of First Baptist Church, Smithfield; First Baptist Church,

Clayton; Pine Level Baptist Church; Clydes Chapel Baptist Church, Wendell;

Watkins Chapel Baptist Church, Middlesex and Nobles Baptist Chapel, Sims.

“Thank you for putting

together such a good paper,” Hinton said in a recent note to Recorder staff.


enjoy reading each issue, usually cover to cover. I especially like the

missions articles and the pieces about church health and novel ministries among


Ethel Lee Oxendine Locklear

Woman’s Missionary

Union of North Carolina honored Ethel Lee Oxendine Locklear, who was introduced

to missions by her mother and Sunbeam leader, Coree Oxendine.

Locklear held many

positions in WMU in her church and in Burnt Swamp Association. The

association recognized her in 1992 for 40 years of service. Her church,

Harpers Ferry Baptist Church in Pembroke, recognized her for 60 years of


Her pastor Donald Bullard says “Mrs. Ethel’s heart beats for


She has been on several

mission trips in the United States and on one to South America where her group

ministered in six countries. All these experiences have given Ethel a deeper

appreciation of the way God works to share His love with all people.

“Over the years God has

been molding a willing Ethel to have a passion for missions and many lives have

been blessed,” said WMU-NC Director Ruby Fulbright.

James M. Dunn

Wake Forest University

honored James M. Dunn, longtime Baptist leader and current “founding faculty”

member of Wake Forest University Divinity School, where he helps prepare a new

generation of ministers.

Dunn’s prophetic voice has long sounded across the

campus and the nation on issues of Christian ethics and Baptist ideals.

In the classroom, the pulpit, and the public square, he has not hesitated to

articulate an unashamedly Baptist heritage regarding religious liberty, public

policy and social justice.

For 19 years Dunn was

executive director of the Baptist Joint Committee on Public Affairs, promoting

causes related to “a free church in a free state.”

He has also served as

pastor, executive director for the Christian Life Commission, president of

Bread for the World, chairman of the Ethics Commission of the Baptist World

Alliance, and on boards of Churches Center for Theology and Public Policy, and

Religion and Ethics Newsweekly.

Gerald H. Quinn

North Carolina Baptist

Hospital honored Gerald H. Quinn, who completed his seventh term as a trustee

in 2009.

During his tenure he served on virtually every board committee,

and he chaired committees on Investments, Finance and the Foundation Board.

He served as the

hospital board’s chair in 1983, 1984 and 1994. He is retired president of Quinn

Wholesale Company.

Donny Lambeth, president of NCBH, said, “Gerald

provided invaluable, visionary leadership to Baptist Hospital during its

emergence as one of the leading academic medical centers in the nation. His faithfulness to our mission, of providing excellent health care that

embraces the healing presence of God, kept us centered in a rapidly changing

health care environment.”

Quinn also has been

chair of the Duplin County Commissioners, president of the Warsaw Jaycees, vice

president of the North Carolina Jaycees, and a member of the board at Barton


Carl and Nina Phillips

Mars Hill College

honored Carl and Nina Phillips of Charlotte who sold their successful special

events business in 2000 and volunteered to be mentors to two “Lost Boys of

Sudan.” Their church, St. John’s Baptist, already was ministering to 40

Sudanese “lost” boys and the Phillipses encouraged them to pursue education.

The Phillips, who met

as students at Mars Hill College, were enthused about the Sudanese students

attending Mars Hill College where they remain benefactors.

The Sudanese men

brought a unique dimension of diversity to Mars Hill, an example of how any

student with determination can receive an education no matter how harsh and

difficult life has been.

“Carl and Nina Phillips’

humble commitment to the ‘Lost Boys of Sudan’ surely embodies servant

leadership and the believer’s response to ‘loving thy neighbor as thyself,’”

said Mars Hill President Dan Lunsford.

Burgess and Mary Jane Marshbanks

North Carolina Baptist

Foundation honored Burgess and Mary Jane Marshbanks for exemplary giving and

service. The Marshbanks met when Mary Jane came to Burgess’ dentist office for

service in 1957. He practiced dentistry in Lillington for 34 years.

Mary Jane graduated

from Mars Hill College, Appalachian State University and UNC-Chapel Hill and

she taught English in both high school and college.

Burgess has served two

terms on the Foundation board and as a trustee of Campbell University. Mary

Jane is a Life Trustee of Mars Hill College.

Through family

scholarship funds at Campbell and Mars Hill, they have been directly involved

in awarding 121 scholarships.

They are charter

members of Memorial Baptist Church in Buies Creek where both have been deacons

and Sunday School teachers.

Burgess was chairman of the first Harnett County

Planning Board.

Wade Shepherd

Gardner-Webb University

honored Wade Shepherd for his philanthropy and service to God and humankind.

Shepherd developed

business skills while still in college at Clevenger College of Business.


nearly 50 years he owned and operated the Wade Shepherd Company, Shepknit

Company, Sheplaw Hosiery and Contour Foam, Inc.

Shepherd has been a

long-time member and leader in Penelope Baptist Church in Hickory for over 50


He is in his sixth term

on the Gardner-Webb board, which honored him with an honorary doctorate in

2003. He is a donor, student recruiter and an unrelenting advocate for

Gardner-Webb and its Christian principles.

Dale Duncan

North Carolina Baptist

Men honored Dale Duncan, who recently concluded five years as president of the

organization. Duncan took early retirement as a school administrator to devote

more time and effort to missions and was state disaster relief coordinator

before he became president.

He has participated in

at least 20 short-term national and international mission projects just since

his retirement after a 38-year career in education as teacher, coach, principal

and superintendent of schools in Mitchell County.

He is a graduate of

Gardner-Webb University and was 2004 N.C. Baptist Men Layman of the Year.

Dale and Angie, his

wife of 46 years, have three children and eight grandchildren. They serve

together at First Baptist Church, Spruce Pine.