BELTON - Dr. Keith Bruce, director of institutional ministries at the Baptist General Convention of Texas and a Waxahachie resident, was awarded the honorary doctor of humanities degree during the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor summer commencement Aug. 4.

Bruce served on the UMHB board of trustees in the late 1990s and was awarded a distinguished service medallion by President Dr. Jerry Bawcom in 2001.

Bruce grew up in Amarillo, where his family attended Paramount Baptist Church. At the age of 17 he responded to Godís call to vocational ministry and was later licensed for ministry in his home church.

He began his educational journey by attending Baylor University, where he earned his undergraduate degree in elementary education. His first full-time ministry position was youth minister at First Baptist Church of Grand Prairie.

Following five years as full-time youth minister and graduation from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with his masterís of divinity and doctor of ministry degrees, he served as pastor for several churches.

Bruce joined the BGCT as director of the Christian education coordinating board in 1997. This position later expanded to coordinator of institutional ministries, relating to all education and human care institutions affiliated with the BGCT.