The Conference of Southern Baptist Evangelists utilized its 50th anniversary celebration
to inaugurate a "Hall of Faith" of individuals who have dedicated their lives to vocational evangelism.
The group inducted 30 evangelists -– both living and dead -– into the Hall of Faith during the opening evening
of their June 6-9 sessions in Indianapolis prior to the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting.
selected for the Hall of Faith are Cliff Barrows, Marvin, N.C.; Wayne Bristow, Edmund, Okla.; Sam Cathey, Oklahoma City; Clyde
Chiles, Columbia, Mo.; Freddie Gage, Euless, Texas; Billy Graham, Montreat, N.C.; Junior Hill, Hartselle, Ala.; Homer Martinez,
Dallas; George Beverly Shea, Montreat, N.C.; Bailey Smith, Atlanta; Jerry Spencer, Savannah, Tenn.; Bill Stafford, Chattanooga,
Tenn.; Bette Stalnecker-Gibson, Memphis, Tenn.; Jay Strack, Orlando, Fla.; Leon
Westerhouse, Birmingham, Ala.; Gene Williams, Covington, Ga.; and Don Womack, Memphis, Tenn.
posthumously were Hyman Appleman, Walter K. Ayers, Manley Beasley, E.J. Daniels, Ron Dunn, Mike Gilchrist, Vance Havner, Jesse
Hendley, Rudy Hernandez, Eddie Martin, Angel Martinez, J. Harold Smith and T.W. Wilson.