Weeks Added to Baptist Hall of Fame

Dr. Weeks and Dr. John BrockDr. Richard Weeks had many different titles: Historian, Academic Dean, Bible Faculty, Committee Member, and Sports Statistician.

Now there has been a new title added to that list: Hall of Fame member.

Weeks has been inducted into the Baptist Hall of Fame. This is an honor previously given notable Baptists such as Ann Judson, Bob Jones Jr., and even Maranatha founder Dr. B. Myron Cedarholm.

Dr. Paul D. Hoover, pastor of Souls Harbor Baptist Church in Milwaukee, WI, was one of the men who nominated Weeks. Hoover described him as “a very godly man who wanted to impart to his students a love for the Bible, Bible truth, and Baptist history.”

What better way to remember him?

The Baptist Hall of Fame (BHF), located in Great Falls, MT, was created in 1983 to recognize Christian men and women who have had a significant ministry in furthering the Gospel. Names of potential inductees are gathered, and the nomination process begins. Hundreds of ballots are sent to pastors, evangelists, missionaries, Christian educators, and leaders to nominate a worthy laborer for Christ.

“Dr. Weeks was well known as a fundamental leader and highly respected by pastors and missionaries—many of whom were students of Weeks from either Pillsbury or Maranatha,” Hoover said. “(The BHF committee) knew I was a graduate of Maranatha and a student of Dr. Weeks.”

Dr. Richard WeeksHoover said he was glad to hear of Weeks’ induction. After the nominations are returned, the BHF committee makes its decision from among those nominees who have received 75 percent of the votes.

“I thought it was good (to have Weeks inducted) because I agreed with what other (nominators) agreed with.” Hoover said. He impacted thousands of God’s people.”

Weeks still impacts God’s people today. Maranatha students memorize BRAPSIS (the list of Baptist distinctives Weeks wrote) and can look through his Baptist History collection at the library. But, his impact means much more than a place in a Hall of Fame. It means that, although Weeks retired in 1988 and died five years later, students are still learning about Baptist history and are given the doctrinal tools that help equip them to spread the gospel.

And that may be the greatest award of all.

–By Ariel Rosen