This year at the annual Mission Awards Luncheon, Texas Baptist Mission Foundation will honor Robert H. Pinder, Robert O. “Bob” Feather and First Baptist Church of Belton for the outstanding impact they have made in Texas Baptists ministry.
The three awards given include the Adventurer Award for Leadership in Missions, the Innovator Award for Creativity in Missions and the Pioneer Award for Service in Missions.
Pinder will receive the Adventurer Award, which honors an individual or organization who advanced missions through outstanding financial support or leadership in ministry opportunities.
Pinder’s passion for missions led him to serve with the International Mission Board for eight years. During this time, he pastored a church in Argentina, planted numerous house churches and shared the Gospel with countless people. Upon his return, Pinder faithfully served as a professor at Texas Tech University for 23 years as well as on the Texas Baptist Missions Foundation Board of Advisors for 11 years, where he helped TBMF raise money to build several new Baptist Student Ministry buildings. This year, Pinder gave the lead gift to make the construction of Texas Tech’s new BSM building possible.
The Innovator Award will be presented to First Baptist Church of Belton, which honors an individual or organization who provided a model for missions that others can adopt.
FBC Belton pursues ongoing ministry locally, nationally and globally. The church operates all ministries and missions from a strategic master plan that is centered on knowing Jesus intimately while serving Him passionately all over the globe. They are currently involved in more than 28 local ministries, two national church plants and mission work in several countries. FBC Belton is an active supporter of the Texas Baptists Cooperative Program as well as the Mary Hill Davis Offering.
Finally, Feather will be awarded the Pioneer Award, which honors an individual or church that has been a longtime leader in beginning mission work that impacted Texas Baptist life.
Feather has spent the majority of his life promoting the mission of Texas Baptists and has served Texas Baptists in numerous entities, including serving as Minister of Education of Park Cities Baptist Church in Dallas. After leaving this position, Feather successfully served as vice president of external affairs at Baylor University for 19 years before retiring. Currently, he works with the Texas Baptists Missions Foundation as a consultant, where he effectively develops innovative partnerships for the convention.
The luncheon will be held during Texas Baptists Annual Meeting on Nov. 13 at 11:30 a.m. at the Baylor Club at McLane Stadium in Waco. Seating is limited and by reservation only, and tickets must be purchased in advance.
The Texas Baptist Missions Foundation exists to provide giving opportunities for those who seek to make an impact for God’s kingdom both in Texas and beyond. Originally established as Mission Texas in 1983 to help raise funds for new church plants in Texas, the TBMF has since expanded to support a variety of missions projects, including starting new churches, supporting student ministries on college campuses, restoring communities through disaster recovery and much more.
For more information on TBMF and how you can purchase your ticket for the Mission Awards Luncheon, please visit texasbaptists.org/tbmf.