DANNY CONN NAMED SCM DIRECTOR
NASHVILLE, TN Dr. Danny Conn, a leading Florida pastor, educator, and editor has been named Student and Children’s Ministry director at Randall House Publications, according to CEO Ron Hunter. Conn began his new duties September 1 after 20 years as Christian educator, youth minister, and pastor in Oklahoma and Florida.
Mr. Hunter said, “We are delighted that a man of Danny Conn’s experience in youth ministry, event management, pastoral leadership, and editorial skills is joining the Randall House team.”
His primary duties will be logistical coordination, rather than extensive direct contact with the children and students. He will secure and direct leaders for specific programs, as well as supervise promotions, budgetary matters, and general content.
His responsibilities will include directing the National Youth Conference (NYC), Truth and Peace, and the National Youth Evangelistic Team. He will appoint a National Youth and Children’s Advisory Council for incubation of fresh ideas and strategic planning.
“This new challenge is something that God has been preparing me for educationally and spiritually for several years now,” Danny said. “Serving in Florida with state leaders and pastors, with the Youth Conference and Christian Education Board, and six years as editor of TheCo-Ordinator (state paper) has been a crucial element in the preparation process, bringing me in contact with the broader Free Will Baptist work.”
Danny completed his doctorate (Ed.D.) at Pensacola Christian College after earning an M.A. degree at the Free Will Baptist Bible College Graduate School (1984) and a B.A. degree at Hillsdale FWB College (1982).
While in Oklahoma, he served two years as principal of a Christian school in Tulsa, and six years as youth minister in Ardmore. His Florida pastorates include Pleasant Hill FWB Church in Bonifay (1997-2000) and Soul’s Harbor FWB Church n Pensacola (2000-2006).
Danny has been a member of both the Oklahoma Christian Education Board and the Florida Youth Board. He currently chairs Florida’s Christian Ministries Board, and serves on the state Planning Committee and Steering Committee where he organizes and oversees the State Youth Conference and Competition. He participates in a variety of state outreaches and coordinates efforts for Florida’s Disaster Response Team. He has valuable hands-on experience nationally with NYC, and was Competition Coordinator for the 2006 NYC in Birmingham. He served as Convention Photographer for the National Association of Free Will Baptists (2001-2005), and has written articles for both Contact and ONE Magazine.
GCC CHRISTIAN COLLEGE ANNOUNCES OPEN HOUSE
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA Open House, a time for prospective college students to visit Gateway Christian College, will be held October 19-21 and March 3-5. The three days are jam-packed, with exciting activities and information. Young people experience what it is like to enjoy training for Christian ministry in a local-church atmosphere.
At the “Fall Open House,” a special Thursday evening service will give visitors a feel for what it is like to be a part of Gateway FWB Church.
The “Spring Open House” will be held on the weekend beginning the Gateway Bible Conference. Students will arrive on Saturday for fun activities and take part in the opening conference services. The weekend is designed so pastors and associates can bring their young people but also enjoy the blessings of Bible Conference themselves. Students may register online by going to the college website and going to the Open House tab www.gatewaychristiancollege.com.
ALUMNI FILM NOMINATED FOR
BEST FAMILY PICTURE
MUSKOGEE, OK The Scot and the Aussie:
First Meeting, is a comedic short film produced by and starring Norman, OK, resident Travis Palmer (2004 Hillsdale alumnus) and Lawton resident Jerome Bethea of Goin’ Fishin’ Productions. The film was shot on location at Hillsdale FWB College and has been accepted to the Barebones International Film Festival, where it has been nominated for Best Family Picture.
“I was delightfully surprised to hear we were nominated for ‘Best Family Picture,’” says Palmer, who not only starred but also served as director of photography and composer for the film.
Palmer’s long-term vision to create his own production company came about in the fall of 2005 after he met partner Bethea in a film direction class. The two, united by their faith and love for film, founded Goin’ Fishin’ Productions and shot The Scot and the Aussie as their first film collaboration.
Palmer is the founder of ImproVision, a video ministry through which he serves missionaries by creating promotional videos of their mission field for them to use to raise awareness and support in churches. He has created videos for missionaries to China, Vietnam, and he will be going on a short mission trip to Romania this summer. He plans to pursue his degree in foreign missions at Hillsdale upon completion of his film degree.
Palmer and Bethea share the vision to bring God’s light to the cinematic world through Goin’ Fishin’ Productions. They produce films that are uplifting, inspirational, thought-provoking, and entertaining. The “Best Family Picture” award was presented Sunday, April 23, at an awards gala in Muskogee, OK.
TN NAMES NEW PROMOTIONAL DIRECTOR
NASHVILLE, TN The Tennessee Executive Committee recently named Glenn Poston as Promotional Director for the state of TN. The former TN pastor and Home Missions church planter will begin his new duties November 1, 2006, according to Moderator Robert Hobbs.
Poston succeeds Dr. Charles Thigpen who has served the Tennessee State Association since 1992. He officially retires December 31.
The new position will provide overall direction to Free Will Baptist outreach in Tennessee, with a special emphasis on promoting the Unified Ministry Plan. The plan promotes and underwrites the Free Will Baptist ministries in TN and increases awareness and support of denominational ministry on the national and international levels.
Brother Poston served as pastor of the First FWB Church, Dothan, AL, since 1999. He began pastoral ministry in 1974 in Clarksville, TN, and later established two FWB churches in TN: the Liberty FWB Church, Millington (1978-1983), and Grace FWB Church, Memphis (1986-1994). Both churches were founded in cooperation with the National Home Missions Department. Poston has proven to be a successful fundraiser while establishing these home mission works.
Glenn and his wife Sara have two married sons and a newborn grandchild.
RANDALL HOUSE SEEKS WRITERS FOR DIGITAL DIVISION
NASHVILLE, TN Randall House Publications, publisher of curriculum based on the innovative CLEAR Learning System®, is seeking contributors for its new digital division. Randall House Digital will produce curriculum-on-demand via the Internet and electronic resources to supplement existing printed curriculum.
Keith Fletcher (shown), Randall House editor-in-chief for 11 years, has been named director of Randall House Digital and is now guiding strategic planning, website infrastructure development, and digital content procurement.
“We are looking for writers with vision for worldwide ministry beyond what is available through conventionally printed products,” said Fletcher. Initial surveys show that customers want web delivery of teacher training materials (for personal or group study), elective Bible studies for adults, children’s curriculum (other than Sunday School), and elective materials for teens. Professionally written, edited, and designed materials will be made available on the website for purchase, download, and immediate use.
Randall House Digital invites freelance writers to submit queries related to these general areas. For more information and writers’ guidelines, e-mail email@example.com.