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Release date: Feb.23, 2006
Bristow to Speak at Wayland Family Worship Service to Close Homecoming

PLAINVIEW – Rev. Wayne Bristow, an international evangelist and writer from Edmond, Okla., will bring the message at the Wayland Baptist University family worship service which closes out Homecoming 2006 on Sunday morning.

              The service will begin at 9 a.m. in Harral Auditorium, with musical worship led by Wayland’s music department. Jennie Lynn Hodges, associate professor of music at Wayland, will play the organ during the hymn service. Josh Harris, a senior from Gruver, will play the offertory special music and another special will be sung by Abby Holmes, a junior from Hobbs, N.M., accompanied on piano by Hodges.

              Bristow is founder of Total Life International Ministries and serves as a harvest evangelist, author and speaker. He has been in the ministry for more than 50 years, has led more than 1,000 crusades in 34 countries on five continents and much of the United States.

              He served as pastor for three years and worked for the Foreign Mission Board and the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma before starting Total Life in 1993. He has authored several books, including “Total Life Now” in 1996, “Invitation to Christ” in 1998 and “18 Miles from Earth” in 2000, a collection of stories about his childhood in Muleshoe.

              Bristow is a 1960 Wayland graduate and received the Distinguished Service Alumni Award in 2001. He and wife Robbie, an active partner in his ministry, have a son, Rob.

              The worship service culminates a three-day homecoming celebration that begins Thursday, Feb. 23, and includes class reunions, banquets, special gathering events, a chapel honoring distinguished alums, basketball and baseball games, an induction ceremony for the Athletic Hall of Honor and other events.

              The public is invited to attend the service.