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Swihart Named WBC's Distinguished Baptist Minister


Distinguished Baptist Minister 2011.  Dr. Bruce Swihart (left) with Dr. Jerol Swaim.

Williams Baptist College has presented its 2011 Distinguished Baptist Minister Award to Dr. Bruce Swihart of Hot Springs Village, Ark. Swihart, pastor of Barcelona Road Baptist Church, was presented the honor at WBC’s baccalaureate and commencement exercises Saturday, May 7.

Swihart has served in the ministry for nearly 50 years, starting as a music minister in 1962 and later becoming a pastor. Among the churches he has pastored in Arkansas are East Side Baptist Church in Paragould from 1991 to 1995 and Glenwood First Baptist from 1979 to 1983.

He also served for several years on the staff of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention, working with the leadership & worship team. He has been pastor of Barcelona Road Church since 2007.

He was presented the Distinguished Baptist Minister honor by Dr. Jerol Swaim, WBC’s president. Swihart also delivered the baccalaureate address to the graduating class.

Williams conferred degrees to 97 graduates during the ceremony. WBC is a four-year, liberal arts college.

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