HOUSTON – On November 19th, several hundred well-wishers, friends, family and faculty of the Houston Graduate School of Theology gathered at the Royal Sonesta Hotel to celebrate the seminary’s 30th Anniversary and to honor one of Houston’s iconic figures.
The seminary traces its roots back to 1976 in the Friends Institute of Religious Studies which offered continuing education courses for students and pastors in the Evangelical Friends Church (Quaker). Back then there was no full Protestant seminary degree program located in Houston.
In 1983 Friends pastor Dr. Delbert P. Vaughn and his wife, Dr. Carol C. Vaughn, amended the Articles of Incorporation for the institute and changed the name of the school to the Houston Graduate School of Theology and offered Master of Divinity courses.
The Honoree, Dr. Rev. William A. Lawson’s roots in Houston go back a bit further. Lawson is the founding pastor of Houston's Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church. Although retired, he remains an active and visible Houston icon.
Twenty-one years before HGST would officially come into existence Rev. Lawson established Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church in his and his wife, Audrey's, home. That was in June, 1962.
Under the charismatic reverend's leadership and tutelage the congregation has grown from 13 members to over 5,000 members, with many outreach programs, and is much respected in the community. Since the church was born and lived its infant years during the Civil Rights Movement, Lawson has been deeply involved in advocacy activities for African Americans, for Hispanics, for women, and for the poor.
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