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Religion briefs for March 9

Religion briefs for March 9
Published: March 9, 2013

Bumgarner's presentation is part of the church's 2012-2013 Speaker Series themed “The Progressive Sermon I Always Wanted to Preach: Getting Religious Culture Right!”

Bumgarner served as college minister and minister of pastoral care at First Baptist Church of Norman for 19 years. He has been with Norman Regional as full-time chaplain since 2004.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

Draper to speak in Guthrie

The Rev. James T. “Jimmy” Draper Jr. will be guest preacher at 11 a.m. March 17 at Lakeview Baptist Church, just west of Interstate 35 at the corner of Seward Road and Sooner Road.

At one time, Draper served as pastor of the First Southern Baptist Church of Del City and also served as president of the Southern Baptist Convention. He also served as president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources in Nashville, Tenn. Draper is a noted author, as well.

For more information, call 282-0987.


Water4 welcomes new CEO

Water4 co-founders Richard and Terri Greenly and the Water4 board of directors recently welcomed Ray Sanders as the faith-based organization's new chief executive officer.

Sanders has served in several key leadership roles throughout his career including CEO of an international engineering and design firm, as a member of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma executive team, as the editor-in-chief of The Baptist Messenger and as host of the Baptist convention's award-winning statewide faith-based radio program.

Water4 is a faith-based public charity based in Oklahoma City and was founded in 2008 with the mission of demonstrating the love of Jesus by providing at-risk, indigenous people access to clean water.

The organization is active in more than 15 countries and has helped more than a quarter million people gain access to clean water, including a new project targeted to benefit more than one million people in Ghana, Africa, in partnership with World Vision.

From staff reports