This biography, written by Roland Q. Leavell's youngest daughter, relies on more than 20 years of diary entries and captures a man's struggle to find his place in the world. The eighth of nine children, he always knew that he was not wanted at birth. His character, determination, and spiritual focus helped him overcome this knowledge and later financial hardship. Serving on the Home Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, he taught churches how to evangelize during their restructuring. He was also a former first vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention, an officer in the Baptist World Alliance, and a prolific Christian author. A former president of the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, he played a large role in shaping the institution as it stands today.
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"Dr. Roland Q. Leavall was a great administrator, a dynamic preacher, a compassionate evangelist, and an effective teacher of evangelism. Among Southern Baptists, he stood tall as a great denominational statesman. All who knew him are in his debt. This book is a welcome addition to our memories." --Dr. Joe H. Cothen, former vice president of Academic Affairs for the New Orleans Baptist Theological SeminaryFrom the Inside Flap:
Roland Q. Leavell was an inspiration to many people. Equipped with diaries and photographs, his daughter Dottie L. Hudson is able to give a true portrait of one of the most influential Baptist ministers who served from the 1930s through the 1960s. Although Leavell's life was full of spiritual and personal struggles, his focus on God's work kept him strong in difficult times. His ultimate success can be attributed to the fact that he truly believed in what he was doing.
Modeling his approach after the apostle Paul, Leavell went into the country and cotton-mill towns to establish small churches and missions, then guided their growth. In 1936, when the Home Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention wanted to change the structure of its ministry, it asked Leavell to lead a department that would teach churches how to evangelize rather than provide evangelists to go to the churches.
In 1946, he was unanimously elected president of the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and transformed it into a progressive seminary with a focus on evangelism. He had incredible organizational, leadership, and fundraising abilities, but his most significant trait was his capacity to inspire.
During a single year in the mid-1930s, he published thirty-eight magazine articles. His 1938 book, Helping Others to Become Christians, sold seventeen thousand copies in four months. He was unanimously elected the first vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention. Through print, the seminary, and the people whose lives he touched, Roland Q. Leavell left this world as more than a memory; his spirit will be passed on for generations. Throughout his life and even afterwards, Leavell's faith and accomplishments have stood him head and shoulders above the rest.
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Dottie L. Hudson is the third child of Roland Q. and Lilian Leavell. She is a family and marriage counselor and a popular speaker for church retreats and civic and professional organizations. Hudson is also a former associate minister of counseling for Summit Counseling Ministries at First Baptist Church in Jackson, Mississippi. She is married with three grown children. Her husband, Carl, is a former staff member of the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
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