8 Evangelical and Reformed, 4 Hebrew, 4 Quaker, 3 Greek Orthodox,
3 Disciples of Christ, I Nazarene, I Unitarian, I Mormon, and I who
belonged to the Salvation Army. Of the approximately hundred who
had no church ties, 80 percent expressed a preference for the Baptist
With the new chapel partially completed and available for use, the
administration sought to make worship services more meaningful.
After the burning of the old assembly hall a decade earlier, a rigid
policy on attendance had been impossible to enforce, except at times
when the campus church would hold all students. But in 1948 the
seats in the new facility were numbered, a monitor system was
initiated, and all students were required to attend morning services at
ten o'clock on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Compulsory
attendance had to be relaxed with the onset of cold weather, however,
because the new chapel had no heat. That building, incidentally, was
not completed until 1949, and the Baptist State Convention,
anticipating the establishment of the seminary, paid for the finishing
The Baptist Student Union had a large and dedicated membership,
and it sponsored a rich program not only for the students but for the
entire community. The year 1948 was an especially strong period for
the BSU, with many students in key positions who were later to
assume leadership roles as ministers and consecrated laymen in
Baptist and other churches throughout the South. Among those
especially devoted to evangelistic work were Elwood Orr, Murray
Severance, Bea Herring, Charles Stevens, Doris Morgan, Grace
McElveen, Kyle Yates, Jason Ross, and Tommy Stapleton.
Hubert Humphrey was president of the Baptist Training Union and
Jack Bracer, the Sunday School. Miriam Smith led a hundred and
eighty members in the eight circles of the Young Women's Auxiliary,
and Wayne Slaton and Norman Jovner gave direction to some seventy
future pastors in the Cullom Ministerial Conference. Missionary aims
were given focus in the Christian Service Group, and further training
in church polity was available through the Religious Education Club.
Other denominational affiliations were provided by the Methodist
Youth Fellowship and the Presbyterian Club.
That year the BSU provided an intensive devotional experience in
Religious Focus Week which concentrated on "Christ in Campus
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