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  • After '08 tornado, Union was 'united as never before'

    by Nathan Handley & Tim Ellsworth, posted Monday, February 05, 2018 (3 months ago)

    Photo by Kristi Woody/Union University
    JACKSON, Tenn. (BP) -- At the 10-year point since a tornado devastated the campus, Union University marked the anniversary with a day of activities Feb. 2 featuring former administrators, students and others closely involved with the event.

    Former Union President David S. Dockery, in a Founders' Day chapel address, spoke on providence, hope and unity the university experienced from the Feb. 5, 2008, tornado. Read More

  • La. tornado destroys church, delays NOBTS chapel

    by Staff/Baptist Message & NOBTS, posted Wednesday, February 08, 2017 (one year ago)

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    NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- An EF-3 tornado that touched down in eastern New Orleans yesterday (Feb. 7) heavily damaged a Southern Baptist church's facility and briefly interrupted a chapel service at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

    Initial reports estimated 250 homes damaged with 31 people injured. No fatalities have been reported.

    The tornado -- one of several to strike Louisiana Tuesday -- devastated the three-building campus of Suburban Baptist Church in New Orleans, a predominately African American congregation. Pastor Jeffery Friend and his wife Stephanie were not injured, though their home was heavily damaged, Stephanie Friend told Louisiana's Baptist Message newsjournal. Read More

  • William Carey U. tornado cleanup draws Bapt. support

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, February 08, 2017 (one year ago)

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    HATTIESBURG, Miss. (BP) -- William Carey University will move students back to its Hattiesburg, Miss., campus and begin the spring trimester less than a month after an EF-3 tornado damaged nearly all of its 30 buildings Jan. 21.

    Five buildings will have to be demolished, according to a Feb. 6 university news release, but "several classroom buildings" and housing for 739 students will open Feb. 20. Read More

  • Miss. tornado damages William Carey University

    by David Roach, posted Monday, January 23, 2017 (one year ago)

    William Carey University photo.
    HATTIESBURG, Miss. (BP) -- An EF3 tornado that ripped through southern Mississippi Jan. 21 in the wee hours of the morning damaged nearly all of the 30 buildings on William Carey University's Hattiesburg campus and left seven students injured.

    William Carey is affiliated with the Mississippi Baptist Convention and has campuses in Hattiesburg and Biloxi.

    "The outpouring of support from not only here in Hattiesburg but also around the ... Read More

  • Va. Baptists rally to help storm survivors

    by Ishmael LaBiosa, posted Friday, March 04, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Photo by Ishmael LaBiosa
    EVERGREEN, Va. (BP) -- Sharanda Totty vividly remembers Feb. 24. It was the night deadly tornadoes struck her state –- with one destroying her home as she held her 1-year-old baby, Aubrielle, tightly in her arms.

    "The lights start flickering. Eventually, the lights go black," she recalled of the EF-3 tornado that hit her house in Evergreen, Va. "And then -- this all happens within five seconds -- I see a tree go by. The house is lifted. It doesn't come apart piece by piece. It is lifted. So, me and my baby were exposed. She is sitting on my lap, and we're exposed to this tornado that is above us.... That whole time I could hear things flying around and everything coming apart. I am saying, 'please God, no. Please!'" Read More

  • Joplin tornado led church into photo restoration

    by Benjamin Hawkins/The Pathway, posted Friday, May 22, 2015 (3 years ago)

    NAMB file photo
    CARTHAGE, Mo. (BP) -- Five years after an EF5 tornado carved a mile-wide path of destruction through Joplin, Mo., the music minister at one local church has received a community achievement award for establishing a ministry that restored nearly 40,000 photos lost during the storm, returning more than 17,000 of them to their owners. Read More

  • Union to open 14 student housing buildings

    by Tim Ellsworth, posted Tuesday, August 26, 2008 (9 years ago)

    JACKSON, Tenn. (BP)--Union University students will move into 14 new student housing buildings when they return to the campus for the fall semester, less than seven months after a tornado destroyed much of the university's existing student housing.

    Incoming freshmen and transfer students will move onto campus Sept. 4, with upperclassmen returning Sept. 6. Classes for the fall semester will begin Sept. 8.

    "We are delighted to announce that all of the 14 buildings will be ready by Septem... Read More

  • Union honors Wilkey, Hall for coverage

    by Staff, posted Friday, August 08, 2008 (9 years ago)

    JACKSON, Tenn. (BP)--Lonnie Wilkey, editor of the Baptist & Reflector, and Will Hall, executive editor of Baptist Press, became the first two fellows inducted to Union University's Center for Media, Faith and Culture during Union's summer commencement ceremony Aug. 2.

    As part of the ceremony in Union's Fred DeLay Gymnasium, 290 students received degrees, bringing to more than 950 the number of Union graduates from the class of 2008 -– the largest class in Union's history. The service also f... Read More

  • Baptists' gifts to Union surpass $3M

    by Tim Ellsworth, posted Wednesday, July 16, 2008 (9 years ago)

    JACKSON, Tenn. (BP)--Total giving from Southern Baptist churches and entities has topped $3 million for Union University's recovery from a Feb. 5 tornado that destroyed much of the housing and caused major damage to other academic buildings at the Jackson, Tenn., campus. Read More

  • Rainer receives Union's Dodd Award

    by Staff, posted Tuesday, June 17, 2008 (9 years ago)

    JACKSON, Tenn. (BP)--Union University presented Thom S. Rainer, president of LifeWay Christian Resources, with its M.E. Dodd Denominational Service Award during a June 10 dessert reception at the Southern Baptist Convention in Indianapolis.

    The Dodd Award is named for the man who was a Union alumnus, served as president of the SBC and is considered the father of today's Cooperative Program, the method by which Southern Baptists fund their missions and ministry work.

    The award is given ... Read More