Tuesday, October 23, 2001
Beltway Park church honored
Reporter-News Staff Report
Beltway Park Baptist Church was honored
Monday night as the Church of the Year by the Abilene Baptist
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The congregation and other honorees were recognized during the
44th annual meeting of the association at Lytle South Baptist
David McQueen, Beltway Park's pastor, accepted a plaque on behalf
of his congregation from Charles Richardson, chairman of the ABA's
communications committee. The committee annually selects award
winners for the association.
Construction of a 1,300-seat auditorium for the congregation,
originally a mission of Pioneer Drive Baptist Church, is underway
at Beltway Park. The congregation, which has a resident membership
of 965, was cited for its high growth rate. The church had 558
members in 1999 and 638 members in 2000.
Worship attendance has grown from 550 in 1999 to 998 in 2001.
Also receiving awards were: A. E. Fogle Jr., First Baptist Church
of Abilene, lay person of the year; the Revs. Rodney Watson of
Lytle South Baptist Church and Steve Joiner of First Baptist Church
of Buffalo Gap, pastors of the year; and Randy Packwood, associate
pastor of Broadview Baptist Church of Abilene, staff person of