Coates to speak during Denmark First Baptist’s ’40 Days of Purpose’

DENMARK — A former pastor of First Baptist Church of Orangeburg will be the special speaker at the First Baptist Church of Denmark revival on Sunday, Oct. 12 as part of the church’s “40 Days of Purpose” program.

Dr. William Coates will speak at 6 p.m. Sunday, preceded by a 15-minute musical program.

A breakfast devotional will be held in the Fellowship Hall of First Baptist of Denmark at 7 a.m. Monday through Wednesday.

Coates will again speak at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13-15, with special music presentations at 7:30 p.m. All evening services will be held in the church sanctuary.

Coates earned a Ph.D. in English from the University of South Carolina in 1996 with an emphasis in religion in American literature. He holds a Master of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C., and a BA in English and religion from Coker College in Hartsville.

Coates has served as pastor at Blaney Baptist Church in Elgin, Shamrock Baptist Church in Bethune and Flint Hill Baptist Church in Camden. He has spoken at the State Baptist Convention, was a guest worship leader for Lenten Week Services at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral and camp pastor for youth music week at White Oak Conference Center.

While in Orangeburg, Coates was on the Habitat for Humanity Board and was a member of the search committee for the superintendent of Orangeburg School District 5.

He is a member of the board of directors of the Baptist House of Studies, the Divinity School of Duke University and a member of the board of trustees at Coker College. He also serves on the board of directors of McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University.

Coates and his wife Claire Webber, formerly of Tabor City, N.C., have two children, Elizabeth and McKinley.

First Baptist Church of Denmark’s 40 Days of Purpose mascot, named “Pur-r-rpose,” will be making appearances at numerous meetings around the community and in church meetings. Pur-r-rpose will be available by calling the First Baptist Church of Denmark office at 803-793-3690.

A special bus will be available in the Denmark area for the night revival services, Oct. 12-15. Anyone who would be interested in riding may contact the church office and leave their name, telephone number and the nights a ride will be needed.

For more information, call Bettylou R. Terry at 803-793-3381 or call the church office at 803-793-3690.

October 9, 2003 | Times and Democrat, The (Orangeburg, SC)Author: The T&D Staff | Section: News

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