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Hollingsworth Named WBC’s Distinguished Baptist Minister


Distinguished Baptist Minister 2013:
Dr. Hollingsworth (left) with Dr. Jones (right).
Williams Baptist College has presented its 2013 Distinguished Baptist Minister Award to Dr. Gary Hollingsworth of Immanuel Baptist Church in Little Rock.  Hollingsworth was presented the honor at WBC’s commencement exercises Saturday, May 4.

Hollingsworth has served in many capacities throughout his many years in ministry.  An Alabama native, Hollingsworth served as a senior pastor in Kentucky and at the historic First Baptist Church of Alexandria, Va.  While serving near the nation’s capitol, his ministry was marked by evangelism and growth in mission involvement.

In 1996, Hollingsworth felt the call to return to his home state where he served for nearly 10 years as pastor of First Baptist Church in Trussville, Ala.  Hollingsworth has also served as chairman of the board of trustees for the Alabama State Board of Missions, president of Alabama’s pastor’s conference and vice president of the Alabama Baptist State Convention.

Hollingsworth has also been the senior director of cultural evangelism for the North American Mission Board.  In 2007, Hollingsworth became the 16th senior pastor of Immanuel in Little Rock.

Hollingsworth was presented the Distinguished Baptist Minister honor by Dr. Tom Jones, WBC’s president.  Hollingsworth also delivered the commencement address to the graduating class.

Williams awarded degrees to 111 graduates during the ceremony.  WBC is a four-year, liberal arts college.

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