Emmanuel Seventh-day Adventist Church (Cleburne)

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Elder Billy E. Wright


Greetings From Our Pastor
 
Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

        It is with over-flowing joy that I welcome you to our website and Emmanuel Church where our doors are open to everyone, and our hearts shut to no one seeking to find a safe place for spiritual life, growth and fellowship.
 
     It is my great pleasure to serve God as pastor of the Emmanuel Seventh-day Adventist Church in Cleburne, Texas. Our church-family is composed of some of the friendliest people you will meet.  We look forward to having you as a guest to worship with us.   
 
     We are a Bible-believing, Bible-teaching, and Bible-preaching church.  We are afiliated with the Southwest Region Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, Dallas, Texas; Southwestern Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, Burleson, Texas; the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists, Silver Spring, Maryland and the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, Silver Spring, Maryland. These connections provide us the opportunity to cooperate with like-minded churches in our state, our nation, and around the world in carrying out various mission initiatives and activities.
 
     We take seriously our commitment to "Exalt the Savior, Equip the saints, and Evangelize the sinner."  Accordingly, we offer numerous opportunities each week for our members, regular attenders and guests to connect with God and other believers, grow in Christ-likeness and serve God.  This we do through our worship, fellowship, discipleship, evangelism and ministry programs.  

We invite you to join us for Bible Study on Saturday mornings at 9:30am and Wednesday evenings from 7:00 to 8:15pm.

Please come and worship with us on Saturday mornings, 11am. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Have an awesome day!

Yours for the Coming King of Kings,

Billy E. Wright, pastor

Emmanuel Seventh-day Adventist Church
Cleburne, Texas 76031



 
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH OF OUR PASTOR
 
 

Elder Billy E. Wright


Former President
of the
Southwest Region Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
Headquartered in Dallas, Texas
 
 
Elder Billy Earl Wright was born September 20, 1947 in Texarkana, Texas to the parentage of the late Louis and Lorine Wright.
 
He is married to the former Aletha M. Jenkins, RN of Little Rock, Arkansas. At present, they have been married for 45 years. They will celebrate their 46th wedding anniversary, June 28th, 2016. To this union was born three lovely daughters:  Candace, Tammi, and Chaya.
 
 
EDUCATION
 
Master of Divinity Degree                                                                      May 1973
Andrews University
Berrien Springs, Michigan
 
Bachelor of Arts Degree                                                                        May 1970
Southwestern Adventist University
Keene, Texas 
 
Studied in Electrical Engineering                                        Dec 1965 – May 1967
Prairie View A & M University
Prairie View, Texas
 

WORK HISTORY
 
Southwest Region Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
Headquartered in Dallas, Texas
 
Served in various capacities as follows:
 
December 1972 to May 1973
Associate Pastor:      Ephesus Church, New Orleans, Louisiana
 
May 1973 to October 1976
District Pastor:         Albuquerque, New Mexico, Amarillo and Lubbock, Texas
 
October 1976 to March 1979
District Pastor:         Ft. Worth and Wichita Falls, Texas/Ardmore, Oklahoma
 
March 1979 to May 1991
Director of:    Youth Ministries /Pathfinders /National Service Organization/Singles Organization/Family Life Ministries/Health and Temperance Departments
 
May 1991 to May 2000
Executive Secretary/Communications Director/Stewardship Director/Ushers’ Director
 
May 2000 to May 2011
President of the Southwest Region Conference
 
September 2011 to Present
Pastor of:         Cleburne Emmanuel English Church, Cleburne TX & Mt. Lebanon Church, Waco TX

 
ACCOMPLISHMENTS
 
Founder of “BASIC” (Black Adventist Singles in Christ; Black Adventist Singles International Club; Born Again Singles in Christ)
 
Originator of “UNITED FEDERATIONS" concept within all conferences.
 
Founder of “Family Life Programs” in the Southwest Region Conference. Including workshops on Communication, Conflict Resolution, Anger in the Life of A Christian, How to Cope with Depression, Parent-teen Relationships, Rock and Christian Rock, Singleness – To Be or Not To Be, A Theology of Sex, Self-Esteem - I Am Somebody, Dating and Courtship Techniques, Homosexuality and the Christian, Who’s the Boss In the House?
 
Founder of the “Bible Spelling Bee Program” of the Seventh-day Adventist Church
 
Founder of the “Conference-wide Olympics Program” in Southwest Region Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
 
Founder of the “Annual Youth Awards Banquet” in Southwest Region Conference  
of Seventh-day Adventists
 
 
HISTORICAL MILESTONES
 
September 1967:             One of three African-American students to integrate
                                          Southwestern Adventist University (Southwestern
                                          Union College) in Keene, Texas

 
May 1970:                         Became the first African-American to graduate from
  
                                        Southwestern Adventist University in Keene, Texas
 
May 2000:                         Became the first African-American graduate of
                                          Southwestern Adventist University to become
                                          president of a Conference.