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Two Men Honored with Baptist Award and Baptist Museum Rededicated in Independence

June 24, 2014



WACO, Texas, June 24 -- Baylor University issued the following news:

Baylor University recently joined with the Baptist General Convention of Texas and the Texas Baptist Historical Collection to present the Texas Baptists Legacy Award to two legendary Texas Baptists and rededicate the Texas Baptist Historical Museum on the site of the oldest continuously active Baptist church in the state - Independence, Texas.

The award ceremony and rededication of the museum took place over the May 31-June 1 weekend in Independence, Texas. The Texas Baptist Legacy Award honors those who have left an impactful legacy in Baptist life and is presented by the Baptist General Convention of Texas.

Dr. Paul Powell, Dean Emeritus of Baylor'sTruett Seminary, and Bob Dixon, a member and former executive director of Texas Baptist Men, were awarded with the Texas Baptist Legacy Award on June 1. The award recognizes lifelong service and dedication to the ministry of Texas Baptists.

Dixon pioneered disaster relief ministry among Southern Baptists and is commended by Kathy Hillman, associate professor and director of Baptist collections in the Baylor University libraries, as "working tirelessly for the purpose of helping others."

Pattie Orr, vice president for information technology and dean of University Libraries at Baylor, said Dixon's service for others with the Texas Baptist Men disaster relief organization was shown in the way he spread around resources to those in need.

"I especially enjoyed when Mr. Dixon said he would want to get involved in every project to cross his path, but would instead ask himself who the best person for the job would be," Orr said. "In the small amount he did to delegate that power, he exponentially increased the ability to help."

Powell's recognition was given by Joel Gregory, Ph.D., professor of preaching in Truett Seminary, Orr said.

"Gregory said that Powell's influence had been both deep and wide," she noted. "It's common to see someone influence something deeply or to a wide extent, but not both at the same time."

Hillman spoke to the importance of the Texas Baptist Historical Museum, which was rededicated on May 31. She said that it's important to preserve the memory of the beginnings of Baptist culture, and there would be no better place than in Independence.

"The museum commemorates and tells the story of Texas Baptists," Hillman said. "Baylor University and the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor have an exhibit because of their greatly intertwined history with the Baptist roots in Texas."

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