2012-2014 Guild President Debra Perich
Ladies of the Guild,
This is the 38th year of The Guild, and what a privilege it is for me to serve as your president! Plans are underway with prayerful consideration for each Guild event. We have a hard working, talented, and very dedicated Board who are all eager to serve and do God’s work. I ask that you keep them in your prayers as they seek guidance and direction in achieving their goals. I know God has much planned for us as we work together to support Dr. Sloan and his vision for HBU. I welcome you all and look forward to seeing you at our events throughout the year.
I have chosen scriptures this year that focus on “serving.” One of my favorite gospel hymns expresses the message I would like to convey to each of you, individually and collectively: “We are many parts, but we are all one body … and the gifts we have, we’ve been given to share.” Like the apostles following their receipt of the Holy Spirit, let us work together this year to share our many gifts with those in need of the help we can offer.
In past years, I have had the privilege of serving on the Scholarship Committee to witness firsthand the incredible candidates who came forward to apply, interview and ultimately receive the Guild Scholarships. The Guild has changed the lives of many scholarship recipients, and this would not have been possible without your continued support. To date, the Guild has contributed an amazing $1.5 million to graduate scholarships in HBU’s Schools of Education and Theology, special projects and The Guild Institute in Christian Family Studies. Thank you!
Again, it is a privilege to serve as your president. I welcome you all and look forward to seeing you at our events throughout the year. God has a plan and He is always in control … and I know He has great things in store for us and for Houston Baptist University!
In His Love and Service,
“For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ.” I Corinthians 12:12
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11
“For even the Son of man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many." Mark 10:45
Legacy of Debra Perich's Presidency:
Debra Perich, an alumna of HBU, shared her enthusiasm and passion for the University by serving as Guild President for two years, 2012-2014, being the first President to serve two terms in sixteen years. The Guild continued in its support of The Guild Institute in Christian Family Studies by adding $20,000 to its endowment. A two-year total of $148,000 was raised for scholarships which gave The Guild an opportunity to award six endowed scholarships and 46 annual scholarships to graduate students in the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences and the School of Christian Thought at HBU. A special event was held to honor Past Presidents of The Guild which included a group picture and personal, recorded interviews of each Past President. This information, as well as more historical facts and data, was added to enhance the Yearbook and Website.