Baptist pastor and Jackson mayor salute Belhaven graduates

May 5, 2019

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A global Baptist figure and the mayor of Jackson are saluting graduates of Belhaven University.

Broadcaster, pastor and speaker Billy Kim spoke to students receiving bachelor’s degrees this weekend in Jackson. Kim founded a 17,000-member Baptist church in South Korea after studying in the United States and was noted as the translator for Billy Graham in 1973 when Graham preached before one million people in Seoul.

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba, elected in 2017, addressed graduate, adult and online degree recipients on Saturday afternoon.

The university awarded an honorary degree to longtime education professor Bettye Quinn. The 1958 Belhaven graduate continues to teach at the school today. Belhaven named its alumni house and welcome center for her in 2002.

Belhaven is awarding more than 500 degrees in Jackson.