Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Spring 2007: Men of the Covenant Line-Up

Men, mark your calendars now for the first Thursday of each month, beginning in February. We have a great slate of speakers scheduled for our Spring luncheons. The lunch line will open at 11:45 a.m. and our speakers will end by 1:00 p.m. Reservations are not required, the cost of lunch is $5.00, and we encourage you to bring co-workers and friends.

February 1st- Dr. James Baird
James Baird Ministries
Dr. Baird was born in New Jersey and raised in Chicago, Illinois. Before his call to the ministry, Jim served three years as first lieutenant in the Army. He then went on to serve as senior minister to churches in Brewton and Gadsden, AL; Macon, GA; Clinton, MS; and Coral Gables, FL. Jim was the senior minister of First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, for twelve years. Following his retirement in 1996, he has served on the Board of African Bible College, acted as Dean of Chapel at Belhaven College, and served on the board of Reformed Theological Seminary.

March 1st- Dr. Woodie Mason
Retired Physician
Dr. Mason is originally from Pascagoula, MS. After attending UMC, and completing his residency in urology, Woodie went into private practice in Jackson, MS from 1974 until 2003, during which time he and his wife were members here at FPC. Following his retirement, he and his wife Diane moved back to the Gulf Coast. There, they were both active members of FPC Gulfport where Woodie served as a Ruling Elder, adult Sunday school teacher, Clerk of Session, and chairman of the pulpit search committee. August 29, 2005 changed the direction of their lives, as Hurricane Katrina destroyed both their home and church and brought them back to Jackson. They now reside in Madison and both Woodie and his wife are active members of our congregation.

April 5th- Dr. Paul Chinchen
Director of African Bible College in Lilongwe, Malawi
Dr. Chinchen and his wife, Laura, have been missionaries with African Bible Colleges in Malawi and Uganda for 17 years. In addition to Paul’s administrative responsibilities at the college, he oversees the operations of the mission’s four support ministries—the ABC Community Clinic, the ABC Christian Academy, Radio ABC with stations in Lilongwe and Mzuzu, and the college’s Evangelistic Outreach Program. The mission of the African Bible Colleges is to equip African leaders to train their own pastors and church leaders. Paul, his wife, and their five children have spent the past year on furlough here in Jackson, MS.

May 3rd- Mr. Danny Wuerffel
Executive Director of Desire Street Ministry and
Former NFL player
Mr. Wuerffel is originally from Pensacola, Florida and upon graduation from high school, where he was valedictorian and led his football team to the state championship, he attended the University of Florida. Danny led the Gators to four SEC championships and a National title, and in 1996 was awarded the Heisman trophy. He was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in 1997 and three years later, he joined the NFL’s European league. In February of 2004, Danny retired from professional football to work in New Orleans with Desire Street Ministries, a faith-based organization in one of America’s toughest and poorest neighborhoods. Danny now serves as the Executive Director of Desire Street and has led the ministry through great transition following Hurricane Katrina.

For more information or if you have questions, contact Ashley Hall in the Discipleship Office at 601-973-9118 or

1 comment:

pilgrim said...

If only I could travel there for this--sounds edifying, interesting and fun. I've met Dr Baird. He was all three.