Hundreds of academic executives, community leaders, pastors and friends of the College of Biblical Studies-Houston traveled from around the country to attend inaugural events Oct. 18-19 designed to formally usher in Dr. Blocker as the college’s fourth president since its founding in 1979.
The CBS-Houston Inaugural events began with an Inaugural Celebration Dinner Oct. 18 at the Hilton Americans-Downtown, focused on the theme, “Celebration for Today, Promise for Tomorrow.”
About 550 people, including many prominent Houston civic and Christian leaders, attended the dinner, which featured national speaker and pastor Dr. George W. Waddles, Sr., of Chicago, and Grammy- and Dove-award winning performer CeCe Winans. The emcee for the evening was Houston’s own Melanie Lawson of KTRK Channel 13. Co-chairs Rev. Bill and Audrey Lawson and Kevin and Paula Hunt were pleased to see Christian leaders from the African American, Hispanic, Asian and Anglo churches come together to lend their support to Dr. Blocker and the college.
“I am very much impressed with the progress made by CBS since it was founded and I’m also very happy to see Dr. Blocker as the new president. He is a very able theologian and capable administrator,” stated Rev. Lawson.
On Friday, Dr. Blocker was inaugurated among distinguished leaders from colleges and universities across the country. The charge to the president was given by Dr. Paul Nyquist, president of Moody Bible Institute, and local and national college presidents took part in the ceremony by presenting greetings and words of encouragement.
James Pitman, of the CBS Development Office believes the inauguration had an added benefit. “This has been a great time for the college. Not only did we have the opportunity to inaugurate our new president, we were able to introduce our mission and passion for Houston’s diverse communities to many who had not heard about CBS before.”