Students Inducted into TAK and Honored
Several students at Williams Baptist College were recognized for their academic excellence and service accomplishments at the Department of Christian Ministries Banquet which was held on April 4. The event was held in the Moody Dining Room of Mabee-Gwinup Cafeteria.
Blake Buchanan of Gideon, Mo., Steve Wood of Wynne, Leslie Wood of Batesville, Brianna Warner of Walnut Ridge, Margie Brown of Rector, and Kendall Davenport of Brookland (pictured at left, from left to right) were inducted into Theta Alpha Kappa, the national honor society for religious studies and theology. Students selected for membership in Theta Alpha Kappa must be of high academic standing and rank in the top 35% of their class. The society requires that inductees have completed 12 semester hours of upper level religion courses, obtain a 3.5 grade point average in these courses, and carry an overall grade point average of at least 3.0.
Jonathan Drendel of North Aurora, Ill., was presented the 2017 Rural Church Award. The Rural Church Award is given to Christian ministry students in memory of the Rev. L. G. Miller, who labored for many years as a Baptist pastor in Arkansas. The award is presented to a graduating senior who makes the greatest contribution to rural church development. Drendel has been serving in various ministries of the Mount Vernon Baptist Church in Black Rock.
Daniel White of Rector was presented the 2017 Association of Youth Ministry Educators (AYME) Award. He was selected for the award based on his service in the field of youth ministry while at college and his potential for future ministry. White has served as youth minister at the First Baptist Church in Rector, and recently has become the junior high youth minister at Central Baptist Church in Jonesboro.
Jonathan Guiltner of Melbourne was presented the 2017 Zondervan/Williams Baptist College Greek Award. He was selected for the honor because of his achievement in the study of biblical Greek.
Margie Brown of Rector was presented the 2017 Zondervan/Williams Baptist College Theology Award. She was selected for the honor because of her achievement in the study of theology.
Dora Lwamba of Olive Branch, Miss., was presented the Theta Alpha Kappa Undergraduate Achievement Award. She was selected for the honor because of her academic achievements.
Ryan Curtis of Corning, and Brittany Jo Wilson of Pocahontas were awarded the Glenn-Dale Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded each year to two freshmen at WBC who have shown unusual promise as ministers during their first year of college. The selection is based upon their academic achievements and devotion to ministry.
Drake Oaks of Cabot was recognized as the 2017 Transfer Student Honoree. The award is presented to a transfer upper classman and is based upon academic achievements and devotion to ministry.
Also, graduating TAK members Brown, Lwamba, and Warner were presented with scarlet honors double cords to be worn with their graduation regalia during the commencement ceremony on May 13.
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