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HPU to host CBF’s Rev. Suzii Paynter for Currie-Strickland lectures

Suzii Paynter for webBROWNWOOD – February 6, 2018 – Howard Payne University will host Rev. Suzii Paynter, executive coordinator of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, for the university’s 11th annual Currie-Strickland Distinguished Lectures in Christian Ethics. The lectures will take place Thursday, February 15, and Friday, February 16, and are free to the public.

Centered on the theme “Women’s Leadership, Global Mission, and Course Correction,” Rev. Paynter’s lectures will begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday evening and 10 a.m. Friday morning. Both discussions will take place in the Richard and Wanda Jackson Conference Room of HPU’s Paul and Jane Meyer Faith and Life Leadership Center.

According to the organization’s website, the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship is a Christian network comprised of people and churches that work together to spread the hope of Christ. Prior to joining CBF in 2013, Rev. Paynter served in executive management of the Baptist General Convention of Texas (Texas Baptists) as the director of the Texas Baptist Christian Life Commission and as director of the Advocacy Care Center. Her tenure with Texas Baptists spanned more than a decade during which she focused on creating and managing large-scale ministry and advocacy programs.

Rev. Paynter serves on the board of Christian Ethics Today, is a member of the executive committee of the Baptist World Alliance and chairs its Human Rights Advocacy Committee. A nationally recognized faith leader and ordained deacon and Sunday School teacher of more than 40 years, Rev. Paynter has held positions of leadership in Baptist churches in Texas, Kentucky and Mississippi.

In 2013, the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty honored Rev. Paynter with the J.M. Dawson Religious Liberty Award. Her work has also been highlighted on television programs such as Moyers in America and in print publications such as the Wall Street Journal and The New Yorker. In April 2014, Rev. Paynter was invited to the White House, where she discussed immigration reform with President Obama and a small group of faith leaders in the Oval Office.

“We’re honored to host Rev. Paynter and look forward to her thought-provoking discussions on women’s leadership roles and the global church,” said Dr. Derek Hatch, associate professor of Christian studies. “We invite the community to join us for these important and timely lectures.”

The Currie-Strickland lecture series is made possible through the generosity of Dr. and Mrs. Gary Elliston and was established to honor the life of Dr. David R. Currie, retired executive director of Texas Baptists Committed, and the memory of Phil Strickland, who dedicated nearly 40 years of ministry to the Baptist General Convention of Texas’ Christian Life Commission.

Admission is free but reservations are requested. For reservations or more information, contact Howard Payne University’s School of Christian Studies by e-mail at or by phone at 325-649-8403. More information is available online at


Cutline: Rev. Suzii Paynter, executive coordinator of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, will be the guest speaker for HPU’s 11th Annual Currie-Strickland Distinguished Lectures in Christian Ethics.