Billy Ray Parmer, pastor of First Baptist,
Valley Mills, and former co-chair of Texas
Baptists Committed, has been awarded the
George W. Truett Distinguished Church Service Award, presented annually by the Baylor Alumni Association.
We want to congratulate Billy Ray on this honor. To us, he is a shining example of a
“real” Baptist. Four times honored as Rural
Minister of the Year for Texas Baptists and
twice for Southern Baptists, Rev. Parmer has been pastor of First Baptist, Valley Mills, since 1969.
His church has helped start and support
six pastors and 28 missions and churches in Old Mexico. He lives and breathes the “main
thing,” missions and evangelism under the
Lordship of Jesus Christ.
We are proud of Billy Ray, his support of
Texas Baptist Committed, the BGCT, and our historic Baptists principles and practices. We want to add our congratulations for this honor.
“True Baptists operate with an upside-down pyramid — the church
is on top, not the denomination — but the crowd in Nashville has turned it right-side up. That may be efficiency but it isn’t Baptist anymore.”
R. G. Puckett, editor, North Carolina Biblical Recorder