William Jewell College will host the Northland’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration with a program beginning at 10 a.m. January 18 in John Gano Memorial Chapel on the college campus in Liberty, Mo. The program is free and the public is invited to attend; tickets or reservations are not required.
The featured speaker for the event is the Reverend Dr. Heather Entrekin, Senior Pastor, Prairie Baptist Church, Prairie Village, Kan. In addition, campus and community leaders will be honored with the Martin Luther King, Jr. community service award. Recipients for 2010 include President David and Mrs. Mary Sallee, William Jewell College; Charles W. Lee, Sr., instructor, South Valley Middle School; Eric Greely, assistant principal, Liberty High School; and the Liberty Fellowship of the Concerned. Dr. Ed Chasteen, professor emeritus at William Jewell, will present the Invictus Award for Social Justice, in absentia, to Dr. Nelson Mandela. The award will be accepted on behalf of Dr. Mandela by William Jewell international student Nayasha Firnhaber, an international relations and organizational communications major from South Africa. The celebration will include a performance by the William Jewell College Concert Choir and musical selections by Tim Jones, a member of the William Jewell College class of 2009, and Nicole Collier, a senior at William Jewell.
Guest speaker Dr. Heather Entrekin began her ministry as Senior Pastor at Prairie Baptist Church on September 11, 1999. She previously served at Prairie as Minister of Small Groups and Older Adults. She grew up in Medina, New York, where her father was an American Baptist pastor. She graduated from Bucknell University in 1972 with a B.A. in Japanese studies. She entered the ministry in 1981.
Dr. Entrekin moved to the Kansas City area from Chicago where she had been the administrative head of the Christian Legal Society and an active member of an innovative inner city congregation, LaSalle Street Church. She took a job with Central Baptist Theological Seminary as Director of Public Relations and began work on her M.Div. degree in Theology, which she completed in 1986. She served as pastor of Centerville Community Church, as interim pastor of Grandview Baptist Church, and as adjunct faculty at Central before coming to Prairie Baptist in 1996. She received her Ph.D. in Communication Studies from the University of Kansas in 1999. Her dissertation is entitled “Community Through Divergence: Metaphors of a Multicultural Church.”
Dr. Entrekin and her husband, Peter Stover, served as English language teachers in China through American Baptist International Ministries and the Amity Foundation. In 2008, she was the recipient of a Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Grant that funded a three-month sabbatical to Washington, D.C., the Republic of Georgia and Salt Spring Island, British Columbia.
A free public reception will be held immediately following the program in the White Atrium of the Yates-Gill College Union. For more information, contact Dr. Cecelia Robinson, 816-415-7659, orrobinsonc AT william.jewell DOT edu For a campus map with driving directions to William Jewell College, go to