I wanted to express my appreciation for the life and ministry of Dr. Clifton Tennison (a retired Louisiana Baptist pastor who recently died at the age of 85).
I wanted to express my appreciation for the life and ministry of Dr.
Clifton Tennison (a retired Louisiana Baptist pastor who recently died
at the age of 85). The college ministry at First Baptist Church of West
Monroe (where Tennison was longtime pastor) meant a great deal to me
during my years at Northeast Louisiana Univeristy (now University of
Louisiana at Monroe), and during that time, I surrendered to the
I still remember walking to the front of the sanctuary during a Sunday
night invitation and taking Dr. Tennison’s hand to tell him that God
was speaking to me about going to seminary. “Dr. T” took an interest in
me from then on and continued to send letters of encouragement when I
started my work at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. His kind
words and support made all the difference for a young college student
seeking God’s direction for his life.
Danny Chisholm, Pastor
Signal Mountain Baptist Church
Re: January 20, 2005, Baptist Message editorial on “Now is the time for all to pray for Louisiana College.”
I certainly agree. It’s time to give this great college the opportunity
to assure their continued accreditation and to come together under the
leadership of new President Joe Aguillard. At the present time, our
granddaughter is a sophomore there and just loves it. I just want to
share her comment with you.
The day that I first heard that Dr. Aguillard was being considered, she
called me, and I just happened to ask her, “Do you know this Dr.
Aguillard they’re talking about becoming president.” Her comment was,
“MeMe, I’ve had him for two subjects, and he is the most Christian man
you could ever want to know.” This was the first day before all the
hurrah began. My Christian 20-year-old granddaughter said this was the
most Christian man I would ever want to know. I don’t even know the
man, but her words about him are good enough for me.
I learned of Dr. Aguillard’s election as president of Louisiana College
during my daily online newspaper reading. I was his pastor and neighbor
for eight-and-a-half years at Dry Creek. He served as our minister of
music and as a deacon the entire time. I completed my Doctor of
Ministry degree at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary during my
pastorate while Joe received his doctorate as well.
The Joe Aguillard I know has always been an exemplary Christian, a
loving family man, a genuine scholar and a good friend. I am
unfamiliar with the controversy at LC, but I am quite confident about
the new president. I have not spoken to Joe in years, but I want to
speak up for him at this time and say “God Bless” to him and “great
choice” to the entire Louisiana Baptist Convention.
The years ahead will prove the wisdom of his election. Just consider me
a former pastor who is proud of a former deacon who has a servant’s
Kermit P. Soileau, Pastor
New Prospect Baptist Church