Ouachita Baptist University recently honored five outstanding alumni for their personal and professional achievements and impact. The annual Alumni Milestone Awards recognize honorees representing graduation milestones over the past five decades.
“Our Ouachita Alumni Milestone Awards are a great opportunity to highlight alumni making a difference in a variety of career fields,” said Jon Merryman, director of alumni. “These recipients remind alumni, current students and prospective students of the quality of a Ouachita education and the future it affords those who study here.”
This year’s honorees’ educational and professional achievements include:
Dr. David Blase (’64): In addition to his bachelor’s degree from Ouachita, Dr. Blase holds a Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Luther Rice Seminary. His distinguished ministry career includes serving 25 years as pastor of First Baptist Church of Nashville, Ark.
Dr. Blase previously was pastor of Westview Baptist Church in Chanute, Kan.; Springlake Baptist Church in Paris, Texas; First Baptist Church of Naples, Texas; and Highland Park Baptist Church in Texarkana, Texas. He also has served on numerous ministerial alliances and was president of the ministerial association in each city where he served as pastor. He currently is interim pastor of First Baptist Church of Dierks.
Dr. Blase and his wife, Anna, live in Nashville. They have two children, John David and Shawn, and five grandchildren.
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