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Release date: Feb.28, 2006
Denison to Speak at McCoy Lecture Series; Bishop to be Honored

PLAINVIEW – Dr. Jim Denison, senior pastor at Park Cities Baptist Church in Dallas, will speak at Wayland Baptist University on Wednesday, March 8, for the McCoy Lecture Series. Denison will speak in Harral Auditorium at 11 a.m. during the university’s regular chapel time.

              The series is made possible annually by a gift to First Baptist Church of Plainview from the estate of Dr. Dorothy McCoy, a longtime math professor at Wayland who died in November 2001. A longtime missions advocate at the church, McCoy hoped her estate would help continue missions education and advocacy in the Plainview community. The lecture series was created to serve that purpose.

              In its third year, the McCoy Lectures also includes the presentation of the Missions Service Award honoring those who have devoted time and energy to missions causes. This year, the award will be presented to Amelia “Millie” Bishop, a former FBC member who also served as president of Texas Woman’s Missionary Union from 1984-88. With her husband, the late Dr. J. Ivyloy Bishop, a former professor of religion at Wayland, Mrs. Bishop was active in missions education programs at the local and associational level before serving at the state level.

              Denison has served as pastor at Park Cities since 1998, with pastoral experience in Georgia and in other Texas cities. A graduate of Houston Baptist University, Denison also holds a master’s degree and a doctorate in philosophy from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Divinity degree from Dallas Baptist University.

              He is an active writer, authoring numerous Bible study curricula, discipleship training materials and articles for religious and denominational publications. He currently writes online Sunday school curricula for Baptistway Press and the Baptist General Convention of Texas. He has written four books: The Myth and the Manger; The Bible – You Can Believe It: Biblical Authority in the Twenty-First Century; Life On The Brick Pile, and Seven Crucial Questions About The Bible. He also writes a daily email devotional, “The Word Today,” distributed to more than 8,000 subscribers across the globe.

              Denison is also a distinguished adjunct professor at DBU and serves on the Board of Trustees. He is a teaching fellow for the B.H. Carroll Theological Institute and serves on its Board of Governors. He has served on the faculties at Southwestern Seminar and Mercer University School of Theology in Atlanta, on the advisory board for Truett Seminary in Waco, and on the board for the Center for Christian Ethics at Baylor University.

              He and his wife, Janet, are parents of two sons, Ryan and Craig.            

              The service is free and open to the public.