“To be trusted is a greater compliment than being loved.” George MacDonald
In December 1972, Charlie Hamill became minister of education at First Baptist Church in Arlington, Texas, a position he held for many years. I met Charlie in the fall of 1973. Right after the new year, he asked me to design a logo for the church’s yearlong theme: Vision 74. Being between jobs and semesters, I had no trouble completing the logo in time for Charlie to use it in the church’s January 19 newsletter. Besides logos, I designed budget proposals as well as promotional materials for sermon series, high attendance days and more. Our relationship continued long after I moved to Oklahoma in 1978. This was before email, cell phones and the internet, so I had to rely on snail mail, expensive long-distance phone calls and family visits to Arlington to handle his projects. Therefore, the work was sporadic until 1986 when I returned to Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary to work on a Church Communications degree.
During the fall of 1986, I said farewell to my family after the kids got home from school on Monday, drove to an efficiency apartment in Arlington and commuted back and forth to SWBTS in Fort Worth from Tuesday morning through Friday morning. By 11 am on Friday, I was on the road to Oklahoma in time to greet the kids when they returned home from school. That semester I turned the tiny apartment into a design studio (with a small bed in the corner), and Charlie took advantage of my proximity to keep me busy. Below are some of the projects we completed over the years.
Like several who helped launch my career, Charlie has gone home to be with the Lord. He met his Savior on October 13, 1995. I’ll never forget his kindness and the trust he placed in me as I was learning the ropes and finding my way.