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Tiffany Fink is an HSU history professor; her husband is a visiting history professor at McMurry University.
"I like to look at the human attachment, what meaning a place has for people. This was an opportunity, not just to work with my husband, but to look at community development in West Texas, talk about human attachment to this particular community. All those factors played into wanting to do this book. It was a very rewarding process."
the Finks found a continuing mission outreach. Members were constantly asking, "What needs need to be met?"
"We're both historians," she said. "We're always talking about projects we want to do, ideas, things we want to write. We're constantly bouncing ideas off each other. I said, 'I think it would be a lot of fun to do this together.'"
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"The church did a big celebration," he said. "I was sitting there thinking about all the stuff the church has done, and I began to think about wanting to write a book. God put it on my heart. I talked to Tiffany about it for a year or so, and she really got into it."
"First Baptist Church was the Louis Vuitton Alma Bb Vernis second church to get organized in Abilene, and the first to get a building erected," Tiffany Fink said. "First Presbyterian met at First Baptist facilities until they got their church built. That kind of collaboration, that really appealed to me.
Much earlier in the area's history, soon after the church was formed, members realized a need for a university in West Texas. Hardin Simmons was the result "the oldest university in West Texas in continuous operation," Rob Fink said.
Tiffany Fink said she was drawn in by the way the community worked together to establish the city.
Thirteen Baptist churches in Abilene got their start as mission outreach projects of First Baptist Church.
did everything together," Rob said. "We would take turns. Each of us would do a draft, then we would go back and forth (editing it). The whole thing is both of us. It's a true collaborative effort."
bookstore or at the gift shop at Buffalo Gap Historic Village.
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When members saw the need for a first rate hospital for West Texas, the West Texas Baptist Sanitarium, now Hendrick Health System, came into being. Church members driving around and seeing numerous children in the neighborhoods led to the organization of GLO Day Care.
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On Thursday, the two signed copies of their new book, "Love Unbounded: The Influence of First Baptist Church on Abilene, Texas," at the Richardson Library at Hardin Simmons University.
Neither claims responsibility for any section in the book.
The question led to a soldiers' center for men stationed at nearby Camp Barkeley during World War II. Later, when soldiers returned with young families, the center became a nursery.
First Baptist Church had major influence on Abilene
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