April 2014

LC alumni, others weigh in on campus controversy

Editor’s note:  The Alexandria Town Talk’s Leigh Guidry wrote this story in which she attempts to present both sides of the on going controversy at Louisiana College. The Town Talk has given the Message permission to reprint the article.

PINEVILLE – The controversy surrounding Louisiana College has stirred strong reactions from alumni and others connected to the private Baptist school in Pineville, flooding social media sites and inboxes of members of the Board of Trustees.

 

Perkins’ letter seeks clarity on use of funds by Aguillard and LC

Louisiana College Trustee Tony Perkins sent a leter to LC President Joe Aguillard and Trustee Chairman Tommy French seeking answers on an item in a recent financial audit of the college related to “use of restricted funds.” The letter also addresses the legal responsibilities of the college’s board members.

By Kelly Boggs, Editor

PINEVILLE – A letter addressed to Louisiana College President Joe Aguillard and LC Trustee Chairman Tommy French by an LC trustee seeks clarity on an item in a recent financial audit of the college related to “Use of Restricted Funds” and addresses the legal responsibilities of the college’s board members.

Written by LC trustee Tony Perkins, former Louisiana State Representative and head of the Family Research Council, the letter was copied to the entire LC Board.

 

Louisiana Notables

ON THE MOVE

Damon Kirk new as worship leader Richey Baptist Church, Center Point.

Aaron (wife Layla) Shamp new as pastor at Redeemer City Church, Lafayette (a new church plant).

Lavelle Spillers resigns as pastor from Pleasure Point Baptist Church, Homer.

David (wife Leslie) Sullivan, Jr., new as family minister at First Baptist Church, Bastrop.

Danny (wife Jo-Dee) Taylor new as pastor at Belle Park Baptist Church, Haughton.

George Steer resigns as pastor from First Baptist Church, Arcadia.

 

Statewide initiative working to reach every ethnic group, every generation

Former Louisiana Baptist Baptist Convention President Waylon Bailey talks about his vision to reach every ethnic group and every generation in the state by the year 2020.

By Marilyn Stewart, Regional Reporter

When Waylon Bailey, Louisiana Baptist Convention president, 2011-2013, and pastor of First Baptist Covington, presented to his congregation the 2020 vision for reaching Louisiana with the gospel, his members’ response was a collective, “At last.”

It was a plan they’d been waiting for.

“It was as if they were saying, ‘This is who we are; this is what we want to do; it may not be easy, but this is what we want to do,’” Bailey said.

 

End-of-life ethics examined by panel at NOBTS

Steve Lemke (second from left), provost of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and bioethicist, was among panelists to address end-of-life cases that have sparked national debate. The panel discussion was titled “Who Lives? Who Dies? Who Decides?”

By Marilyn Stewart, Regional Reporter

NEW ORLEANS (BP) – A Baptist seminary leader joined a special panel at Loyola University New Orleans to discuss end-of-life cases that have sparked national debate.

Steve Lemke, provost of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and bioethicist, was among the panelists for the discussion titled “Who Lives? Who Dies? Who Decides?”

 

LC's Tinsley hired as Northeastern State's new head men's basketball coach

Louisiana College women's basketball coach Jason Tinsley has been hired as the new men's basketball coach at Northeastern State University in Oklahoma. He becomes only the ninth head men's basketball coach in school history

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Northeastern State Director of Athletics Tony Duckworth announced Tuesday the hiring of Jason Tinsley as the ninth head men's basketball coach in school history.

Tinsley takes over for Larry Gipson, who retired following a 17-year run that included the only NCAA Division II National Championship in school history (2003) and five appearances in the NCAA Championship tournament (2000-03, 2013).

 

Group gathers to pray for LC Trustees ahead of vote on future of President Joe Aguillard

A group of around 40 alumni, community members, students and a few trustees gathered inside the school’s student center for prayer.

By Message Staff

PINEVILLE – On the eve of the Louisiana College board meeting that could result in a decision about the future of President Joe Aguillard, a group of around 40 alumni, community members, students and a few trustees gathered inside the school’s student center for prayer.

“It was important for us to meet to let the board know we have nothing against the board of trustees,” said Sammy Morrow, a member of the class of 1980 who led the 10-minute group prayer. “We earnestly believe in coming together as a unified group in pursuit of God’s will.”

 

NOBTS launches Caskey Center

By Staff, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary2

NEW ORLEANS – New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (NOBTS) finalized a new partnership with an anonymous donor to provide free theological education for small church and bi-vocational pastors and staff members of Louisiana Southern Baptist churches.

With an initial gift of $1.5 million from the donor, the seminary has established the Caskey Center for Church Excellence to facilitate the scholarship process. The NOBTS Board of Trustees approved the center’s creation on April 16, during their spring meeting.

 

Aguillard out as president, Smith named interim

Joe Aguillard (left) is out as LC's President and Argile Smith has been named as interim president

By Kelly Boggs, Editor

PINEVILLE – When Joe Aguillard was elected as president of Louisiana College in Jan. 2005 it was under a cloud of controversy.

After the LC Board’s action during its most recent meeting, it seems he will leave office in similar fashion.

 

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