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York is WBC’s Distinguished Baptist Minister


Dr. Melvin York (left) and Dr. Jerol Swaim.

Williams Baptist College has named Dr. Melvin York its 2010 Distinguished Baptist Minister. York, who is pastor of First Baptist Church in Des Arc, Ark., was presented the honor at WBC’s baccalaureate and commencement exercises Saturday, May 8.

York, who is a Williams graduate, has been in the ministry for 30 years, and he has served as pastor of the Des Arc congregation since 1994. The church has doubled in attendance during his tenure.

The church has also come to be known for its commitment to missions, giving 30% of its budget to mission causes each year. The bulk of its missions giving goes toward the Southern Baptist Cooperative Program.

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

Williams conferred degrees to 75 graduates during the ceremony. WBC is a four-year, liberal arts college.

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