Seminary Schedules Brand Lectures

20140312etrumpet2(Baptist Trumpet – Volume 74, Issue 24, March 12, 2014)

The 2014 “Brand Lectures” will be held March 25 and 27 in the Dorman Memorial Chapel on the campus of BMA Theological Seminary in Jacksonville, TX. Guest lecturer will be Dr. Gary O’Neal, pastor of Greenwood Baptist Church in Fulton, MS, and writer of one or two Compass Teacher (Advancer) Publications each year for DiscipleGuide (formerly Baptist Publishing House).

The public lectures will be presented in four sessions:

• Tuesday, 10 a.m., “Truth Which Leads to Godliness” and 3 p.m., “Leadership Which Promotes Godliness”.

• Thursday, 10 a.m., “Lifestyles Which Become Godliness” and 3 p.m., “Grace Which Produces Godliness”.

Dr. O’Neal grew up in Perkinston, MS, attending Paramount Baptist Church. In 1972, his pastor, George Reddin, led him to trust Christ as his personal Savior. In 1982 after surrendering to the ministry, he earned a bachelor’s degree from Trinity Baptist College in Jacksonville, FL, and while there, he met and married Lynn Smith.

Gary and Lynn moved to New Hampshire, where they served for 10 years before moving to Texas to attend the BMA Theological Seminary where he earned a Master of Divinity degree in 2000. Then in 2013, he earned a Ph.D. degree in New Testament Studies from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Cordova, TN. Gary and Lynn have four adult children and two grandchildren.

The “Brand Lectures” are named in honor of the late Dr. and Mrs. Ralph A. Brand of Hattiesburg, MS. They were faithful servants of the Lord for over 50 years.

Mrs. Brand retired as head of the cataloguing department of the library at the University of Southern Mississippi. Dr. Brand worked in prison ministries for over 30 years and was director of New Directions Prison Ministries until his resignation in 1998.

Dr. Brand traveled extensively and authored several articles and books. Three of his best known works include Simplified Techniques of Counseling, Analysis of Revelation, and Techniques of Counseling: An Aid to Pastoral Efficiency.

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