Monday, May 11, 2009


Most of you know that several years ago Mary and I served as Senior pastor and family at Southcliff Baptist Church in Fort Worth Texas. We were only three minutes from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and ministered to several hundred seminarians each year. Our hearts will forever be connected to both Southcliff and Southwestern. [I graduated from SWBTS in 1968.]

One couple in the church, Tom and Shirley Coston, has honored us recently, and humbled us as well, with a scholarship fund established in our name to be presented to a Seminary student each year as shown on the certificate above. We were invited to the Scholarship dinner recently where the first recipient was announced but were unable to attend. [Maybe next year.]

Mary and I wish to say thank you to Shirley and Tom and share with all of you what has been provided annually to some worthy person who will be studying for the ministry by two special people I had the privilege of pastoring year ago and whom we will forever appreciate. So...."Thanks Tom and Shirley. We love you too."
Paul B.


Bob Cleveland said...

That's neat, Paul .. it's just .. neat!

My congratulations to you and Mary.

Aussie John said...


Heck! I hardly know you, but I'm thrilled. Says so much about you and your wife personally, but especially yourselves as members of the Family of God.

To Him be the glory!

Paul Burleson said...


I have to admit, it really is a surprise thing to us. We are just thrilled and blessed by it.

Chuck Andrews said...

WOW! Congrats to you and Mary. It is a great honor. Honor is given to those who have earned it through extraordinary and exemplary conduct. I can’t think of two people who deserve it more.


Paul Burleson said...


You are more than gracious. Thanks.

Chris Ryan said...


My prayer is that the pastors who receive this scholarship will become the type of pastor and person you are (not perfect, but full of grace).

Paul Burleson said...


Thank you for a very gracious comment.

StacyCB said...

I'm sure my parents are honored to honor you both. Brother Paul, you baptized all three of us "Coston girls" and are a vibrant memory in a huge time of spiritual growth for our family. I'm so glad they have done this for you and hope the recipients are chosen wisely.
Love, Stacy