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Former Baptist president keynote speaker at seminar fundraiser

PLANT CITY - The former president of the Southern Baptist Convention will be the keynote speaker at a May 3 fundraising dinner for a local seminary.
The event, featuring the Rev. Jim Henry, is expected to be the largest fundraiser of the year for Evangelical University and Seminary. Last year’s dinner raised $25,000, including an anonymous $10,000 donation.
The meal will be at 6:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall at Plant City’s First Baptist Church, 503 N. Palmer St. Tickets are $25.
The reservation deadline is Friday.
Evangelical opened its doors in 2007 in the singles ministry building at the campus of Plant City’s First Baptist Church. The college offers religious training and degrees for Christians from laymen to pastors.
Two Evangelical students will also speak during the May 3 program, telling how the college has enriched their lives.
Evangelical depends on fundraisers to keep its doors open.
“It’s been very successful in every way except financially,” said J. Myrle Henry, a community leader who helped found Evangelical. Myrle Henry is not related to the pastor.
Jim Henry has a lengthy resume, including serving as transitional pastor at Plant City’s First Baptist for the last two months. He will remain in the pulpit while a church committee looks for a replacement for the Rev. Michael S. Lewis, who resigned to take a job with the convention’s North American Mission Board.
Before becoming interim pastor at First Baptist in Plant City, Henry spent 29 years as senior pastor at First Baptist Church of Orlando, where he retired. He served as president of the Southern Baptist Convention in the mid-1990s.
For reservations to the meal, catered by Fred’s Southern Kitchen, call Phyllis at (813) 659-1903. For information, call Henry at (813) 752-4094.

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