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From the Hilltop

Time to Say Goodbye

In From the Hilltop

By Mike Midkiff
June 7, 2016 at 8:28 a.m.

I knew that one day this day would come. The day in which I would no longer be the Director of Public Relations for East Texas Baptist University. After serving ETBU for 13 years, this is my final week on the Hilltop.  This will be my final “From the Hilltop” blog for the Marshall News Messenger.


I remember when Phil Latham called and said he wanted to visit about writing a blog for the MNM website. His instruction to me was to write about the people, the events, and the news of ETBU, from my perspective. For the past two and half years, my routine each Tuesday morning has been to write for you, sharing how God is at work on the Hilltop. Thank you for reading each week.


Besides expressing my gratitude to you, I also want to thank some others, who have helped me become a better disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ as I worked alongside these individuals.


Thank you Dr. Bob Riley, David Mohn, and Vince Blankenship, for interviewing and hiring me back in September 2003. What a blessed journey it has been on the Hilltop for me.   


I have been blessed to serve alongside three presidents, Dr. Riley, Dr. Dub Oliver, Dr. Blair Blackburn and one interim president, Dr. Lawrence Ressler.    


To Rose Crawford, Mark Dimmitt, Jennifer Jackson, Sally Roden, David Weaver, Joy Cornish, Bonnie Jones, Lorrie Suddeth, Brenda Fuller, Jason Cowart, Ryan Perry, Lea Hall, Stacey Hudman, Brendan Sceroler, Ryan Ringo, Brandon Diffey and Terry Daly, a huge thank you for sharing life with me during my time at ETBU.  These are the individuals that I have had the privilege to work very closely with over the past 13 years in the Office of Public Relations.


One of the biggest joys of being at ETBU, is the relationships that every employee of the University develops with the students. It is very rewarding to know a student from the first day that they set foot on the hill and then witness their last steps as students when they walk across the stage at Baker Chapel to receive their degrees.


As the play-by-play voice of Tiger sports since 2010, I have been associated with the best coaches and student-athletes in the nation.  I am going to miss saying, “Tigers Win! Tigers Win!” into the microphone on the ETBU Sports Net.


I am also going to miss the interaction with all the faculty and staff of the University.  I will miss Marshall, Texas as well and the many friendships that have been made during the 19 years, the Midkiff family has called Harrison County home.


What is my next place of service, I have said yes to God’s call to become the pastor of Faith Baptist Church in Quitman, Texas. If you find yourself in Wood County on a Sunday morning, I invite you to worship the Lord Jesus Christ at Faith Baptist Church.


Lord Jesus, thank you for my time on the Hilltop.


“The Lord is good, A stronghold in the day of trouble;

And He know those who trust in Him.”

-Nahum 1:7



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