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DBU Awards Honorary Doctorate to Suzii Paynter
October 16, 2012 | by Kalie Lowrie
Dallas, TX – Dallas Baptist University awarded an honorary doctorate degree to Suzii Paynter, director of the Christian Life Commission and director of the Advocacy and Care Center of the Baptist General Convention of Texas, during the University’s Convocation service held on Wednesday, October 10, 2012.
A native Texan, Paynter graduated from high school in San Antonio prior to enrolling at Baylor University, where she completed a bachelor’s degree in history and English and met her husband, Roger Paynter. She earned a Master of Education from Stephen F. Austin State University and began a career in the public school system as a reading specialist.
DBU awarded Suzii Paynter an honorary doctorate during the University's Convocation service on October 10. Suzii is pictured with her husband, Roger, who is pastor of the First Baptist Church of Austin.
In 2001, she accepted the role as director of public policy of the Christian Life Commission of the Baptist General Convention of Texas, and five years later, the BGCT named her director of the CLC. Since 1950, the CLC has served as the ethics agency of the BGCT, helping churches across the state of Texas better understand a wide-range of ethical, social, and public policy issues, including abortion, media ethics, gambling, predatory lending, hunger and poverty, racial reconciliation, and faith in the workplace.
During her response at the Convocation ceremony, Paynter shared with DBU faculty, staff, and students about the path that led her from a reading specialist teacher to a state lobbyist for the BGCT. “This is one story from a life given over to something bigger than my ideas,” Paynter shared. “Let God use you,” she encouraged the students in attendance. “Give Him every part of your life and watch what can be done!”
Paynter’s husband, Roger, is pastor of the First Baptist Church of Austin. The couple has two adult children, Grayson and Mary.