The University of Mobile presented the Shofar Award for faithful service by an Alabama Baptist minister to Dr. William Terry “Pete” Dunn during the university’s 45th graduation ceremony on May 14.
Dunn, who was a missionary to Arab-speaking lands for more than 30 years, has served as pastor of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church in Uriah, Ala., since 2003.
The award is a shofar, or ram’s horn, which was also sounded to signal the start of the university’s graduation ceremony at the Mobile Civic Center.
University of Mobile President Dr. Mark Foley said the shofar was used in ancient Israel to announce the entry of the king, and to sound the alarm and call the troops into battle.
“The one entrusted with the responsibility to sound the shofar was a seasoned veteran who had proven himself on the battle line and had demonstrated wisdom among the people. Each year this award is made to one with similar distinctions who, over many years of service to Christ, has never wavered from his responsibility or stepped away from the assignment given to him,” Foley said.
Dunn began his career as an electrical engineer and in the 1960s worked as an engineer for the manned lunar landing program at Cape Canaveral, Fla., and on the Saturn V Project for NASA. During this period, he also served as minister of music at Fulton Road Baptist Church in Mobile, where he was ordained, then as associate pastor at Littlewoods Baptist Church in New Orleans, La.
In 1968, Dunn began what would be a career lasting more than 30 years as a missionary in Arab-speaking lands for the International Missions Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. With wife Patricia at his side, he served as executive director of the Board of Trustees for the Baptist Center for Mass Communication in Beirut, Lebanon, from 1968 to 1987, writing and producing radio and TV scripts and integrating media tools into evangelism, education and health ministries in the Middle East and North Africa.
He also served as pastor of Baptist churches in Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and Morocco. In addition, he also served as coordinator of War Relief for Lebanon, president of the Arabic Broadcasting Convention in 1990, co-founder of the North Africa Partnership, and principal of Beirut Baptist School for a year. He retired from the IMB in 2001 and has served as pastor of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church in Uriah, Ala., since 2003, in addition to teaching a course as an adjunct instructor in the School of Christian Studies at the University of Mobile.
Dunn holds a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from Auburn University, a master of arts in theology and Christian communication from Wheaton College, and a Doctor of Ministry in theology, evangelism and counseling from Luther Rice Seminary.
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Dr. Pete Dunn, left, and Dr. Mark Foley