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Lifetime members inducted

In its 2013 annual workshop in Little Rock, BCA members inducted Jim Burton, who has held numerous roles throughout his career with Southern Baptists, and Dana Williamson, who served Oklahoma Baptists faithfully for 44 years, as Lifetime members of the association.

Burton has held diverse communication and mission roles, launching his career with Southern Baptists at the Southern Baptist Brotherhood Commission and also serving for many years at the North American Mission Board.

An active BCA member and leader for many years, Burton was described by IMB staffer Bill Bangham, as one of the "pre-eminent communicators in the convention." As Burton served in his varied roles, the idea of laity involvement in missions was an idea that captured him.

"Through his work at the Brotherhood Commission and North American Mission Board, he took Disaster Relief and volunteerism to levels not previously seen," said Bangham.

Williamson has been an active member of BCA since 1968, when she launched her career with Southern Baptists as a staff writer for the Public Relations Department of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma. In 1994, she joined the staff of the Oklahoma Baptist Messenger where she retired as associate editor in December 2012. Throughout her career, Williamson worked with six Baptist Messenger editors including current editor Brian Hobbs.

"Dana Williamson is one of the best writers in Oklahoma, and her 44 years of faithful service to Oklahoma Baptists have left an indelible mark on this state, as well as the kingdom of God," said Hobbs.

"As a friend and colleague, I want to congratulate her on this tremendous honor with the Baptist Communicators Association."

To be considered for Lifetime membership, individuals must be a current or former member of BCA who have reached retirement, are at least 55 years old, have at least 20 years total membership and have given significant service to BCA and/or the profession.

For more on BCA's two most recent Lifetime members, go to: http://baptistcommunicators.org/membership/lifetime.cfm

POSTED: Apr 26, 2013 | Margaret Dempsey-Colson - mmdempsey1@bellsouth.net

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