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NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- For New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, it will be a campus picnic. For the other five seminaries of the Southern Baptist Convention, it will be a convention center setting.

In each case, alumni and friends of the six seminaries will gather Wednesday, June 20, in New Orleans to hear updates from their respective schools and renew their ties of friendship.

A list of the seminaries' plans follows:

NEW ORLEANS -- For alumni and friends of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, attending a Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in the Crescent City wouldn't be complete without a trip to the NOBTS campus. Scheduled for this year's alumni and friends, reunion, then, are a campus picnic and a worship gathering in Leavell Chapel.

The seminary's alumni relations office will host the June 20 campus event following Wednesday morning's SBC business session. The picnic will be served in Leavell Chapel Quad.

In addition to seeing the campus since its recovery from 2005s Hurricane Katrina, NOBTS President Chuck Kelley will relay an update on the previous year's developments and activities at the seminary. The Distinguished Alumni for 2012 will be named and an alumni treasurer will be elected.

The program also will include a report from national alumni president Jay Johnston on the accomplishments and activities of alumni chapters for the past year, a 50-year anniversary recognition of the class of 1962 and a remembrance of the alumni who have died during the past year.

The meal, to be catered by Corky's Bar-B-Q, will include pulled pork sandwiches, spaghetti, cole slaw, baked beans and brownies. Tickets are $8 per person if purchased by June 11, $10 afterward. A limited number of tickets are for sale, so those who plan to attend are encouraged to purchase tickets early.

To purchase tickets before the convention, visit NOBTS' online ticket site at or send a check payable to NOBTS to New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, Attention: Alumni Relations, 3939 Gentilly Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70126. Checks mailed to purchase tickets must be received by June 11 and can picked up at the seminary's exhibit hall booth in the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

GOLDEN GATE -- Jeff Iorg, Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary's president, will be the featured speaker at the alumni and friends luncheon June 20 at noon in rooms 240/241 on Level 2 of New Orleans' Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Iorg will report on the seminary's activities over the past year and discuss new initiatives for the coming year. In addition, Golden Gate's distinguished alumni award will be presented. Reserved tickets, at $10 per person, are available by calling 1-888-442-8709 or emailing Tickets also be purchased at the SBC annual meeting at Golden Gate's exhibit hall booth #531.

MIDWESTERN -- Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary will host its annual alumni & friends luncheon June 20 at noon in rooms 220-222, Level 2, of the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Pastor Steve Dighton from Lenexa Baptist Church will give a devotional and Midwestern's interim president, Robin Hadaway, will give a seminary update. To purchase a $15 luncheon ticket, call Carol Mack in Midwestern's institutional advancement office at 816-414-3747 or email and include complete names of all attendees, a cell phone contact number and email address. Reservations are due before Thursday, June 14. Reserved tickets can be picked up and paid for at Midwestern's exhibit hall booth on Monday or Tuesday during the SBC annual meeting.

SOUTHEASTERN -- Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary will host its annual alumni and friends luncheon on June 20 from noon to 1:30 in the La Nouvelle Orleans Ballroom, Section C, on Level 2 of the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Daniel Akin, Southeastern's president, will address a "Vision for the 21st Century Great Commission Seminary." Luncheon tickets are $25 per attendee. To register or for more information, go to

SOUTHERN -- Southern Baptist Theological Seminary's luncheon for alumni and friends will be June 20 at noon in the La Nouvelle Orleans Ballroom, Sections A & B, Level 2, of the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr. will present a ministry update on behalf of the seminary. Tickets, at $25 each, may be purchased by calling the institutional advancement office at 502-897-4142 or by e-mailing Retta Draper at Remaining tickets will be available at the seminary's exhibit hall booth.

SOUTHWESTERN -- Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary's national alumni luncheon on June 20 will begin at noon in rooms 243-345 on Level 2 of the Ernest N. Memorial Convention Center. SWBTS President Paige Patterson will present the seminary's annual report and the 2012 distinguished alumnus award. Tickets, at $20 per person, may be purchased online at or by calling 1-877-GO SWBTS (467-9287). Tickets also will be available during the SBC annual meeting at Southwestern's exhibit hall booth.
Compiled by Baptist Press editor Art Toalston.
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