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Tickets on sale for banquet to benefit Evangelical University and Seminary

If you go

What: Fourth annual Evangelical University and Seminary banquet

When: 6:30 p.m. May 8

Where: Fellowship hall, Plant City’s First Baptist Church, 503 N. Palmer St.

Tickets: $25 per person; reservation deadline is Sunday

Reservations and info: Myrle Henry, (813) 752-4094.

PLANT CITY – Dr. Greg Morris was among the first instructors when Evangelical University and Seminary opened seven years ago.

So the author and authority on Christian leadership was delighted when he was invited to be the keynote speaker at the college’s May 8 annual banquet.

Naturally, he’ll speak on the topic of leading.

“There is such a need for leadership in every part of life,” the Lakeland resident said. “In business, nonprofits and in churches.”

Morris said he’s had leadership roles as a mortgage banker, senior pastor and seminary teacher. He operates a nonprofit, Leadership Dynamics, and trains leaders in both the corporate and religious worlds.

He also wrote a book, “In Pursuit of Leadership” that talks about how leaders can use biblical principles.

Special music at the banquet will be by gospel singer Eva Kroon Pike, a Lakeland resident who started singing as a young child and has sang professionally for six years. She co-writes her music with her producer, Don Koch of Nashville, Tenn., and performs around the country.

The dinner is the largest fundraiser of the year for Evangelical, which operates on Plant City’s First Baptist Church campus. The banquet, catered by Fred’s Southern Kitchen, is in its fourth year.

The university and seminary depend on fundraisers to stay financially afloat, trustee Myrle Henry said.

“We wouldn’t be able to do it if it wasn’t for the generosity of the community,” he said.

Evangelical offers training and degrees in such areas as Christian ministry and biblical studies. Almost 300 students including pastors, church workers and laymen have completed 34,000 hours of classroom instruction there.

The college’s graduates minister in such areas as Sunday schools, children’s church and food pantry ministries.

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