By Karen L. Willoughby, Managing Editor
PINEVILLE – The Joseph Willis Institute for Great Awakening Studies was launched Jan. 24 at the 2012 Louisiana Evangelism Conference as a partnership between Louisiana College and the Louisiana Baptist Convention.[img_assist|nid=7876|title=Joseph Willis Institute|desc=Randy Willis, the fifth-great-grandson of Joseph Willis, (center) watches as Evangelist Sammy Tippit (left) presents Louisiana College President Joe Aguillard with a box of documents, DVDs and audio discs containing historical accounts and information on the development of the Baptist faith in Louisiana through the efforts of Joseph Willis.|link=none|align=left|width=640|height=424]
Conceived by Evangelist Sammy Tippit, a Louisiana native, the “JWI” as it is likely to become known, is to educate the present and future generations of spiritual leaders on the historical and biblical principles of the great Christian revivals that have significantly impacted Western civilization, culture and church growth around the world, according to a brochure promoting the Institute.
“Dr. [David] Hankins’ and Wayne Jenkins’ heart at the Louisiana Baptist Convention for revival connects with the heart of Louisiana College to see revival and awakening come to Louisiana and the nation,” said Rod Masteller, JWI director. “We’re thrilled with this partnership.”