Red beans and rice. The meal is a weekly staple on New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary’s main campus – something school administrators, professors and staff members have missed during their time of displacement in Decatur, Ga.
Red beans and rice. The meal is a weekly staple on
New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary’s main campus – something
school administrators, professors and staff members have missed during
their time of displacement in Decatur, Ga.
That changed on Dec. 14 when seminary alum Nelson
Price came to the seminary’s North Georgia Campus with two large pots
of the Louisiana delicacy that he and his wife, Trudy, spent the
morning (and much of the day before) preparing.
“Having lived in New Orleans so long, I know New
Orleans is famous for its red beans,” Price said. “With dear friends
being displaced from there, I thought perhaps their palettes might be
appealed to by red beans and rice.
“I wanted the joy of trying to revive those memories for them.”
Price, a Mississippi native, learned to cook red beans and rice during the years he studied and served in Louisiana.
He initially moved to Louisiana to attend
Southeastern Louisiana University where he starred on the school’s
basketball and track teams. Price stayed to attend New Orleans Baptist
Theological Seminary and later pastored Oak Park Baptist Church on New
Orleans’ West Bank.
A longtime seminary Foundation Board member and
former trustee, Price has been a generous donor to the seminary. In
2002, a building was named in his honor, the Nelson L. Price Center for
The center has housed thousands of mission
volunteers since it opened. An endowed leadership chair at the North
Georgia Extension Center also was established in his honor. And he
recently established the Trudy Price Scholarship in honor of his wife.
Price is pastor emeritus at Roswell Street Baptist
Church in Marietta, Ga. He served the church 35 years before his
retirement in 2000.
He was a key figure in the establishment of the
seminary’s North Georgia Extension Center. His church was home to the
extension center from its beginning in 1979 until 1994.
For almost 30 years, Price hosted a red beans and
rice meal at Roswell Street Baptist Church as a community outreach.
In other seminary news, when Amy Campbell’s 14th birthday rolled around
in September, the Russellville, Ark., teen wanted to do something
special for Hurricane Katrina victims.
So Campbell invited all her friends to a party, but
instead of gifts, she asked them to bring a monetary donation to help
families from New Orleans Seminary, where her dad Craig serves as a
Amy knew that her dad’s State Farm insurance agency
would match any of the friends’ gifts. The invitations went out and her
friends responded by bringing $700 worth of coins and small bills. With
the agency’s matching gift, the party raised $1,400 for seminary
“My daughter is meant for missions,” her dad said.
“This gave her the opportunity to do something directly (for Katrina
Seminary President Chuck Kelley was touched by the teen’s concern for
New Orleans Seminary. He explained that gifts like Amy’s are an
encouragement during difficult circumstances.
“The most compelling thing about Hurricane Katrina,
to me is not the stories of the devastation, it is the stories of the
sacrifices made by people responding to the needs,” Kelley said.
Amy, a 5’11” basketball player, attends Russellville
Junior High School. The Campbells are members of First Baptist Church
in Russellville. (BP)