If you’re one of the Midlothian locals counting down the days until the 7-Eleven opens, the countdown ends tomorrow. That’s right, just before the Memorial Day weekend heats up, 7-Eleven Midlothian celebrates their Grand Opening. Get ready to fuel up with a free medium coffee or if you want a sugar rush opt for the free small Slurpee. And who can turn down a free Big Gulp? Hungry customers can choose from discounted donuts, hot dogs, wings or a large pizza.
And if you have a road trip planned for Memorial Day weekend, be sure to swing by for the dicounted fuel offer between 4-8 PM on 5/24.
Be aware the 7-Eleven Midlothian is located on a busy section of FM 663 and traffic may experience congestion during their celebration. This afternoon a traffic warning was posted on Nextdoor by Midlothian Emergency Management Commander John D. Spann:
The new 7-Eleven store located on FM 663 and Autumn Run Drive is having its grand opening and they are offering discounted fuel from 4pm to 8pm. We anticipate this will cause a lot of extra traffic in the area at that time. We do have officers assigned to work this specific event to make sure there is as little impact on the traffic as possible, but you should expect delays. An alternate route to by-pass this intersection would be to use 14th Street that is now opened all the way to Ashford from Hwy 287.
DESOTO—After a close Democratic Primary to succeed longtime Texas lawmaker Helen Giddings, former Hutchins city manager Carl Sherman Sr., came out on top.
“Thanking God for the victory and an incredible wife, family, awesome underline campaign team and fantastic supporters,” said Sherman.
Sherman faced off against former DeSoto city council member DeShaundra Lockhart-Jones. During the March primary election Lockhart-Jones took first position in a four candidate race with 44.73% of the ballots. With Sherman in a close second with 40.18% of the vote, a runoff was called.
“Equally important, I want to thank my opponent the Honorable DeShaundra Lockhart-Jones, her husband and Airforce Veteran Major Reginald Jones,” said Sherman. “Along with their team of passionate supporters. It is my prayer that the Lord of heaven and earth will bless you.”
Tuesday night Lockhart-Jones failed to hold on to her commanding lead. According to the unofficial final count, Lockhart-Jones only took 6 of the 63 precincts in House District 109.
Carl Sherman Campaign Comes Back Strong
In the weeks leading to their original face off many assumed that the former DeSoto Mayor, who had the support of the incumbent would easily take home the victory. In a twist that garnered the attention of many political pundits, Lockhart-Jones clutched 6,894 votes to Sherman’s 6,196.
But the Sherman campaign seems to have made some adjustments and overwhelmingly took home a 4,074 to 2,268 victory.
“As I am receiving many expressed congratulations, I am reminded of the unselfish service of so many people who gave so much of their time, treasure and thought to my candidacy. It was their tireless commitment to running a professional and ethical campaign for which I am most appreciative of. Thank you for believing in me!”
After 26 years in office, State Representative Giddings announced that she wouldn’t seek re-election. As a result, Sherman saw the opportunity to throw his hat in the ring.
“Mayor Sherman is an experienced leader who knows how to get things done. I’m confident he will build on the successes of southern Dallas County and serve the citizens of District 109 well. He has earned my endorsement and my support,” says Giddings.
In this file photo Former DeSoto Mayor Carl Sherman Sr. looks on as Rep. Helen Giddings visits with constituents at Charlton Methodist Medical Center. Giddings served as the first speaker during the Best Southwest Partnership’s 2015 TGIF Legislative Breakfast Series. (Photo by Richard North/Special Contributor)
About Carl Sherman Sr.
In 2010, Mr. Carl Sherman, Sr. was elected as the first African-American Mayor of DeSoto, Texas. Mayor Sherman, a successful entrepreneur, businessman and city manager, was also appointed to the NTTA Board of Directors by the Dallas County Commissioners Court in October 2016.
For his tremendous business success and civic leadership, Mayor Sherman was recognized by the Dallas Urban League as one of the Most Promising Leaders of the 21st Century. Mayor Sherman also serves as senior pastor for two Church of Christ congregations in the cities of Hutchins and Wilmer.
In all his endeavors, this esteemed Texan has benefited from the love and support of Michelle, his lovely wife of 30 years, as well as that of his five children and three grandchildren.
Texas House District 109
Texas Legislative District 109 includes DeSoto, Cedar Hill, Glenn Heights, Hutchins, Lancaster, Wilmer, as well as parts of Duncanville and Dallas.
During the most recent census the district boasted a total population 179,494; with an annual average income of $60,000. Prior to the election of Helen Giddings in 1996 the district was historically represented by Republicans.
Undoubtedly, with no Republican challenger in the fall the former mayor has de facto taken the District 109 seat.
Academic Signing Day Celebrates Full Scholarship Recipients
DESOTO—On May 18, DeSoto High School hosted an Academic Signing Day for the Class of 2018. Sixty-eight DHS scholars accepted full academic or military scholarships for college. The Class of 2018 has been a class of champions on the field and in the classroom earning to-date almost $12M in scholarships.
This class has earned numerous athletic and fine arts awards over the past three years including: state titles in football, boys and girls track, and boys basketball and 29 Academic All-State football players; UIL top rankings in band and choir and 20 Music Scholars; Ma’At Step Team National Champions; Eaglettes Drill Team National Champions and much more!
“This is the seventh year DeSoto High School has hosted a special event for academic and non-athletic, full-scholarship recipients,” said Arista Owens-McGowan, principal of DeSoto High School. “DeSoto High School is sending students into the world prepared for college and a bright future – students are attending premier schools across the country to pursue their dreams. These young men and women have earned their ‘free’ education – and will no doubt make the most of this opportunity.”
The students featured in the May 18 Academic Signing Day event will have their tuition covered through several different avenues such as; scholarships, grants, Hazelwood/GI Bill funds, and/or Tuition Exemption for Current or Former Foster Care Students under the Conservatorship of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (TDFPS).
68 DeSoto Seniors Accept Full Academic Scholarships
Additionally, 12 students will be enlisting in the military and approximately 10 student-athletes signed National Letters of Intent, due to their inability to sign on Athletic Signing Day in December. The total amount of scholarship money reported for the Class of 2018 is $10,189,743.44 (number does not reflect all athletic scholarships), which could boost that total more than $12M; however, those eligible to participate in the academic component of Signing Day have a total of $8,986,601.44 (number reflects all possible avenues listed above).
“For these students to earn a full-tuition scholarship based on their hard work over the past four or even 12 years, is truly an honor worth recognizing,” said DeSoto ISD Interim Superintendent Dr. Larry Watson. “We applaud all our students and always want to ensure we give them their deserved time in the spotlight.”
DeSoto ISD is a public independent school district serving more than 9,800 students and 1,200 employees. The district is comprised of 13 campuses serving students from early childhood through graduation.
DALLAS—Dallas Heritage Village Junior Historians Kabilan Murugan, 14; Lydia Radke, 15; Sarah Rutherford, 17; and Kara Simmons, 14, recently installed a new photography exhibit in Browder Springs Hall, at Dallas Heritage Village, 1515 S. Harwood St. in Dallas. The exhibit, titled “The Path of Preservation,” challenged each Junior Historian – teen volunteers at Dallas Heritage Village with a passion for history – to take a look at preservation efforts in their own neighborhoods and choose a historic area to study and photograph for this new exhibit.
“Our Junior Historian program has enabled our teen volunteers to help preserve our history with a specific focus on the history of the buildings at Dallas Heritage Village,” said Melissa Prycer, president and executive director, Dallas Heritage Village. “We thought it would be fun for this year’s project to have them turn their gaze to preservation efforts in their own neighborhoods, allowing them to see that preservation is close to home. We hope they have learned that it is essential, not only in big cities, but also in the small communities surrounding them, to keep the past alive so that all may learn from it.”
Lydia Radke: The Music Room
Lydia Radke, 15, lives in Duncanville and selected the Music Room, built circa 1890 to serve as a music classroom. It was a separate building from the schoolhouse, allowing students to practice the piano without disturbing the children studying in the school. One of Duncanville’s only preserved historical buildings, the Music Room symbolizes the importance of education, history, and preservation.
“The Music Room is located at a park that I go to every week, and when I was little I loved to visit it,” said Lydia Radke. “It is boarded up, and I always wanted to go inside. Researching the building’s history and working on this exhibit was my way of ‘going inside.’”
Radke utilized newspaper articles found on the Internet as well as a book titled The History of Duncanville, Texas, published in 1976. Additionally she spoke with the City Parks Superintendent about current and future preservation efforts.
“I enjoyed seeing all the old photos of my city that I found through my research,” added Radke. “Duncanville has come a long way. It is amazing to think that the school music program started out with a small music room, and now there is a huge Duncanville High School Marching Band that has won many awards. It was also interesting to learn about how much work needs to be put into preserving a building.”
Junior Historians Kabilan Murugan, Sarah Rutherford, Kara Simmons, and Lydia Radke in front of Browder Springs Hall at Dallas Heritage Village, where the teens recently installed a photography exhibit featuring preservation efforts in area.
Kabilan Murugan: Nash Farm
Kabilan Murugan, 14, of Lewisville, selected Nash Farm in Grapevine for his project. In 1859, Thomas Jefferson Nash and his wife, Elizabeth Mouser Nash, bought 450 acres of land in what is now Grapevine, and set up a farm. In 1869, they began building the main farmhouse, which still stands today, as does the barn which was first built in 1907.
Mr. Nash died in 1906, but the house remained in the Nash family until the 1920s, when John William Nash sold it. In the 1940s, Edwin Pierce Williamson bought the homeplace portion of the farm and modernized it. In 2000, the Grapevine Heritage Foundation bought the 5.2 acre farmstead, including the main house, barn, and cemetery, and restored it to its previous state. It is still run as a farm to teach others about agricultural heritage.
“I enjoyed learning all about Nash Farm and was excited to see how this entire exhibit came together,” said Kabilan Murugan. “It was fun exploring a project outside of Dallas Heritage Village, and it showed me the importance of history and preserving our past. It’s interesting to learn the stories of buildings and places that surround us.”
Sarah Rutherford: Frankford Church
Sarah Rutherford, a resident of Dallas, selected Frankford Church for her focus.
“While working on the Junior Historian Project at Renner Schoolhouse several years ago, I ended up going to Frankford Cemetery for research,” said Rutherford. “The nearby Frankford Church intrigued me, and I was glad to have a chance to learn more about it.”
Frankford Church was built on a site that was part of the Shawnee Trail, a Native American path. Its use dates back to the 1400s. The location initially attracted migrating settlers due to the nearby freshwater springs, but it was not until 1852 that Captain W. C. McKamy founded the town of Frankford at the location.
In 1892, as the settlement grew, he commissioned the Frankford Church building to be constructed by Philip Bethea Hamer in the Prairie Gothic Style to replace an earlier building that was destroyed. More than 100 years after its completion, Frankford Church is a visible reminder of the heritage left by early Texans and their commitment to their community.
“I learned a lot about the stories that historic buildings can tell. One of my favorite stories is about how Lionel Simpson used to put his feet up on the railing when he was at church meetings, and there are marks there today that are said to have been made by his boot spurs,” added Rutherford. “Little stories like that really made Frankford Church come alive.”
Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy and Mansfield High School went home with major honors from the Seventh Annual Dallas Summer Musicals High School Musical Theatre Awards May 17. Darnell Robinson won Best Supporting Actor and Isabelle Artista won Best Supporting Actress awards for their performances in “Heathers.” Mansfield High School’s student orchestra won Best Orchestra for their production, “Hunchback of Notre Dame.”
Mansfield HS Band Director William Ludlow said, “All the students in the orchestra were extremely happy to hear that we had won this year’s outstanding student orchestra. We could not attend the award ceremony as we had rehearsal that evening. The orchestra was made up of about 20 high school student musicians, some of which were doubling on multiple instruments. Besides the 20 high school students we had one adult piano player and one adult as the conductor. The students would rehearse the music after school and then put it together with the actors and dancers on stage. The music was very challenging, and at times seemed slightly out of our reach. Though the task in front of then was daunting, the students kept persevering and were determined to make the most out of this challenging score,” Ludlow said. “We are very fortunate to have a very collaborative and team-oriented fine arts program at Mansfield high school. The choir, band, and theater students and directors all work well together. All the students worked very hard on this very challenging music, and we were all satisfied with the end product.”
Mansfield High School’s production also received honorable mention for Best Musical for “Hunchback of Notre Dame.” Several Mansfield HS students also received honorable mentions for their performances: Simon Fleming-Wood received honorable mention, featured actor award, and Logan Corley received honorable mention for supporting actor. Mansfield HS also received honorable mention for their ensemble/chorus; direction; and lighting design.
Mansfield High School’s Head Theatre Director Altraniecia Starr said, “Each year we always look forward to some special event. Some wait for the super bowl or basketball playoffs, but I wait for the Tony’s. For the last 4 years I have had the pleasure of attending my own type of Tony’s. In fact Dallas Summer Musicals High School Musical Theatre Awards has been better than the Tony’s for me. All fine arts educators get to see their dreams, hard work, and students following their dreams on stage. Whether the students go home with awards or not, goals and dreams have been accomplished, and seeing that each time I feel as if I have won my Tony Award.”
DSM HSMTA opening photo by Chris Waits
Timberview High School also received honorable mention for direction and lighting design for their production of “James and the Giant Peach.” Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy received honorable mention for direction for “Heathers,” and Waxahachie High School student Jack Hankamer received honorable mention, featured actor, for his performance in “The Mystery of Edwin Drood.”
Plano High School’s production of “Jekyl and Hyde” won Best Musical. Best Leading Actor and Actress, Noah Aguilar and Sierra Roberson, won for their roles in “Cinderella” for Frenship High School in the Lubbock area. They each received a $10,000 scholarship and a trip to NYC, where they will compete with other leading actor and actress winners from across the U.S. in the national Jimmy Awards.
Tracy Jordan, Frenship theater director Jake Lierman, Sierra Roberson, Victoria Clark and Noah Aguilar
Kaiden Maines of Waxahachie High School won Best Leading Actress in 2016 for her role as Lady of the Lake in “Spamalot,” which also won Best Musical that year. In 2017, Shelby Priddy from Mansfield High School won Best Leading Actress for her portrayal of Jo in “Little Women.”
Tracy Jordan, who has directed the Dallas Summer Musicals High School Musical Theatre Awards the past seven years, said, “If competition breeds excellence, we see examples of it every year as the performances of our area schools’ young performers seem to get stronger with each passing year. We are truly seeing Broadway’s stars of tomorrow and inspired to know that these young people will become our future leaders and ‘movers and shakers.’”
In a galaxy far, far away Walt Disney Pictures highly anticipated prequel (Solo A Star Wars Story) to the story of our favorite loveable scoundrel, Han Solo, is off to a slow start. But stick with it, because once young Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) escapes from his poverty-stricken, crime-ridden home planet Corellia, the film starts to gain momentum. Han vows to return to rescue his girlfriend, Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke) who is apprehended as they flee Corellia.
Solo: A Star Wars Story, starts when Han Solo is a young man, still somewhat idealistic. It took this viewer a while to believe Ehrenreich would somehow grow into the role Harrison Ford made his own for so long. But the new kid’s devil-may-care-attitude and charm finally won me over.
Han joins the Empire as a soldier, while yearning to fly. Unable to follow orders, he’s thrown into a dungeon with the Beast, who turns out to be our favorite Wookie (Chewbacca/Chewie, played by another new guy, Joonas Suotamo). The newly formed dynamic duo join outlaw Tobias Beckett (Woodie Harrelson) and his first mate (Thandie Newton) as they attempt to rob a rocket train loaded with priceless fuel cells.
At this point, the movie zooms into the stratosphere, with more than enough CGI action, blasts, double crosses, explosions, more double crosses, daring escapades and escapes to keep audiences riveted to their seats. Although the film runs 2 hours and 20 minutes, it doesn’t seem that long.
Donald Glover as Lando
Along the way we meet such unforgettable characters as the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover), his sassy robot pilot (Phoebe Waller-Bridge) and his legendary ship, the Millennium Falcon, hired by Beckett and his gang to steal valuable fuel cells to replace those lost in the original heist. They are actually working to repay murderous crime boss Dryden Vos (Paul Bethany), a Crimson Dawn leader whose protégé is Qi’ra, Han’s old sweetheart he left behind on Corellia.
There are lots of twists and turns in this origin story, an action/adventure/drama/science fiction and fantasy helmed by Ron Howard for Walt Disney Pictures. It is rated PG-13 (for sequences of sci-fi action/violence), written by Lawrence Kasdan and Jon Kasdan. It opens wide in theaters May 25.
CEDAR HILL—Hillside Village welcomes cycle enthusiasts with Bikes on the Boulevard Friday. Today’s event will feature hand-painted bikes rolling into the Village Green in conjunction with several free community events. The Head for the Hills Cedar Hill Rotary Bike Rally will start and conclude at the shopping center the following morning.
Recently, local artists have whimsically hand-painted seven bicycles on display in the landscaping throughout Hillside Village. Later they will be raffled off to benefit Art & Beyond, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to serving at-risk and economically disadvantaged youth in the DFW community.
The artists include James Cahalan, Robin Ingle, Keyla Retana and Jennifer Rodriguez. Raffle tickets can be purchased for $5 each or three for $10 at the event or online at http://www.veartgallery.com/.
Art bike display includes bike raffle, live concert, and family entertainment
Bikes On Boulevard Events
Bikes on the Boulevard will also include the following events on Friday, May 18 at the Village Green:
Family Entertainment (5:30 p.m.). The evening will kick off with crafts for kids and more.
Trike, Bike & Stroller Parade (6 p.m.). Be creative and decorate your wheels any way you like! Participating children will receive a goody bag (while supplies last) and prizes will be awarded for creativity.
Concert featuring Havana NRG (7 – 9 p.m.). Enjoy live music from the dynamic Latin dance band.
Art Bike Raffle (8 p.m.) The raffle winner of each hand-painted bike will be revealed during the concert. Winners must be 18 years of age and do not need to be present to win.
About Hillside Village
Hillside Village, formerly known as Uptown Village at Cedar Hill, is a 615,000-square-foot mixed-use open-air center in Cedar Hill. For the most up-to-date information on events, visit the Hillside Village website atwww.shophillsidevillage.com.
The popular center has over 60 tenants including anchors Dillard’s, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Barnes & Noble, a newly opened 21,000-square-foot H&M and specialty retailers Charlotte Russe, Old Navy, Hollister, James Avery, Papaya, The Children’s Place and Victoria’s Secret. Hillside Village Guest Services can be reached at 972.637.6300.
DeSoto Girls Track Team Win State Championship Three Years In A Row
DESOTO—The DeSoto girls track team racked up 69 points to win the Class 6A girls team state championship for a third-straight season on Saturday at Mike A. Myers Stadium.
With the win, DeSoto moved into sole possession of third most team titles with its seventh. The Eagles are now two behind Dallas Skyline (9) and four behind Lancaster’s 11 team titles.
Since 2011, DeSoto has won six of the last eight titles, with two stretches of three-peats as champions mixed in.
DeSoto captured points in the discus, shot put, 100 and 300-meter hurdles, along with the 4X100, 4X200 and 4X400-meter relays with nine athletes.
The majority of their points came from first-place finishes in the 4X100 and 4X400-meter relays.
DeSoto senior Jada Laye, who ran the anchor on the 4X100-meter relay, finishes her high school career with three-straight team titles.
“It’s an amazing feeling,” Laye – a University of Iowa signee said.
Coach June Villers
Villers Named Coach of the Year
Earlier this year, DeSoto ISD alumnae, Assistant Athletic Director and Head Track and Field Coach June Villers was named Coach of the Year and was inducted into the Texas Track and Field Coaches Association Hall of Fame on January 5.
At the TFA event, Villers was introduced by her mentor, Villers’ former DeSoto ISD Track and Field coach, Brent Jones, and recognized alongside Olympians Michelle Carter and Trey Hardee. Villers was presented her award by fellow Hall of Famer and Track and Field coaching legend Beverly Humphries.
Villers, a 1991 graduate of DHS, brought five State Girls Track titles to DeSoto ISD – four as the head coach and one as Brent Jones’ assistant in 2007.
During her tenure, the girls track team finished as the State Team runner-up three times and third place two additional seasons.
Villars was named Track & Field Coach of the Year eight times by four different organizations, including three by the Texas Track and Field Coaches Association. Villers has been twice named National Coach of the Year.
Villers has developed nationally-ranked athletes in all three relays, long jump, triple jump, high jump, discus, shot put, hurdles and sprints.
2018 State 6A Girls 4x200 - YouTube
She has also mentored her student-athletes with the goal of successfully transitioning them into collegiate athletes with over 30 of her protégés signing full scholarships and a host more who have gone on to sign partial or academic scholarships.
“Coach Villers is an excellent educator and coach,” said DeSoto ISD Athletic Director Larry Davis. “The passion and expertise that Coach Villers extends to our students and student-athletes is unparalleled. We are extremely fortunate to have her counted among our staff. Villers is a shining example of the excellence we are working to develop in our students and student-athletes here in DeSoto ISD.”
2018 Chevrolet Silverado High Country Is Loaded For… Comfort
Every amenity – every option – every luxury appointment…All are at your beck and call in the new 2018 Chevrolet Silverado High Country. I was blessed to spend a week with a four-wheel-drive crew cab model this May and found it answered every need I could imagine. My model even came with a beautiful Tonneau cover as well as the fantastic cell phone holder I enjoy so much … a feature which has yet to appear on any other vehicle I have test driven to date.
Since many vehicles still don’t have it, I have to mention the on-board hot spot. It makes any trip much more enjoyable, even if I don’t use it while driving myself. I still remember when General Motors first put the hot spot in its vehicles. I was driving a new Camaro from Detroit to New York in a launch event. My drive partner had taken over the wheel and I decided to write my review of the way this new vehicle handled and how smooth the ride was while he drove. I saw that it had the hot spot, fired it up on my laptop and posted the article “on the fly.” That sold me.
Surf The Web From The Road
While driving this May with Hunter and McKenzie, I reminded them that there is a hot spot now on all new Chevrolets. They immediately linked their portable devices and the drive became one of quiet pleasure as they used the feature to entertain themselves the entire journey rather than think about asking the famous words of all children everywhere – “are we there yet!”
The all-new 2019 Silverado High Country interior features more passenger room, more storage space and more functionality — all the things that customers were clear they want. Every surface has been designed for function and ergonomics, from the rotary knob textures to the infotainment screen angle.
Of course, there are lots of other features built in to the new 2018 Chevrolet Silverado High Country. On the outside, there is the convenient rear bumper cornerstep so one can climb into the bed without having to bring a step ladder on to the scene. Plus, the tailgate glides open and closed due to the Chevrolet EZ lift and lower feature. One can even lock the tailgate remotely, making it theft proof.
The heated side mirrors can be adjusted making it easy to see what is coming up on both sides of the truck … although the lane assist-lane departure-collision alert-blind spot alert features insure a top level of safety while driving. Another important safety feature is the rear vision camera when one shifts into reverse in any parking lot – this has saved me from backing into someone more times than I can count.
Thankfully, Hunter and McKenzie have yet to enter their teenage years, but those with children who now have their licenses a special General Motors Teen Driver mode can be employed to let parents know that the Silverado is being driven safely and where it is at any point in time.
MY test model does not come cheap – the MSRP weighs in at $61,320, but there are even side benefits built in to the price. The Chevrolet Complete Care package with two maintenance visits and more is included as is the complete Bumper to Bumper three year 36 month warranty and Roadside Assistance. This model is available now at local dealers everywhere so test drives are quick and easy for those in the market for a new truck.
Oh yes, for those who wonder about the “High Cotton” mentioned in the headline for this article. It’s a southern term … High Cotton is the very best one can expect, and this Silverado certainly fulfills that concept!
DALLAS—Dallas Baptist University celebrated its 698 graduates during its May Commencement services. Exercises were held Thursday, May 10 and Friday, May 11, in the Patty and Bo Pilgrim Chapel on DBU’s campus. The graduating students represented the largest class in DBU’s history.
Pastor Satish Kumar and former Dallas Police Chief David Brown were both presented with honorary doctorates. They served as the keynote speakers in the Thursday afternoon and Friday morning services, respectively.
Pastor Satish Kumar
Growing up in a Hindu family, Satish Kumar was not aware of the message of Jesus until he was 12 when he came to know Him as His Lord and Savior. Six years later, Rev. Kumar began to preach, and at the age of 21, he founded Calvary Temple Church in Hyderabad, India, with just 25 members.
Quickly, people began to flock to the church, where they found not only their physical needs met through various social ministries, but their spiritual needs were also nurtured through dynamic preaching that touched their hearts. Today, Calvary Temple holds five services weekly with approximately 40,000 in each service and a total membership of 160,000, making it the largest church in India and one of the largest in the world.
In addition, Kumar speaks to conferences around the world and is the author of 19 best-selling books. He has also received the National Integrity Award and the Mother Teresa Award. Throughout it all, he has continued to listen to the voice of God and model his ministry after Jesus—caring for the hurting, providing for the neglected, and preaching the Good News to all.
Former Dallas Police Chief David Brown
David Brown, on the other hand, grew up closer to home in Oak Cliff and after graduating from South Oak Cliff High School, left for the University of Texas to begin his college education. While driving back and forth from Austin, he saw the continuing deterioration of his Oak Cliff neighborhood, especially through the impact of illegal drugs. Brown then decided to enter law enforcement in order to serve his city and help save his neighborhood.
Over the course of his career, Brown proved to be a trusted police officer and exceptional leader. In 2004, he was named a deputy chief over the Northeast Patrol Division, and the following year, he was asked to serve as the interim Dallas assistant city manager. The following year, he was named the first assistant chief, making him the second in command of the department and highest-ranking black police officer in DPD.
Along the way, Chief Brown received a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences degree, and two years later, he completed an MBA from Amberton University. In 2010, he was named chief of police in Dallas, and he led officers to better engage with the community and worked to institute reforms that resulted in historic reductions of violent and overall crime, as well as the lowest murder rate in Dallas history. He increased educational opportunities for officers and worked to establish a more diversified leadership team.
Dallas Baptist University President Dr. Adam C. Wright presents honorary doctorate to DBU alum and Former Dallas Chief Of Police David O, Brown Sr.
Following the July 7, 2016, shooting in downtown Dallas that killed five officers and wounded nine officers and two civilians, the city and nation looked for answers, and Chief Brown stood in front of reporters, city officials, and mourning families to help walk everyone through the events and the aftermath. Through it all, he relied on his faith in Jesus to help explain the need to see hope in the tragedy and as a way to turn the evil to good by growing as a nation.
Later that year, Brown announced his retirement from police work, but he did not leave his calling to transform his community. He is a much sought-after speaker, providing insight and leadership into community relations and has worked for ways to improve racial tensions throughout the United States. He also serves on the board of the Rainwater Charitable Foundation and Meadows Mental Health Institute, and he is a regular contributor for ABC News.
“It was such a privilege to honor Pastor Satish Kumar and Chief Brown. These two leaders represent the ideals of our mission: to produce servants who transform the world,” Dr. Wright added.