OVERLAND PARK, Kan., March 18th, 2008 — Mr. Richard P. “Dick” Bott, founder of Bott Radio Network, received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Carver Baptist Bible College & Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri. The degree was presented on Friday, March 14th, at the Williams Bible Conference.
According to Dr. Le Roy Randolph, President of Carver, Mr. Bott is only the eighth person in the 66-year history of the institution to receive an honorary doctorate. He said Mr. Bott was selected “because of his extraordinary ability to articulate the need for the Christian voice to be heard in public discourse.” He also cited Mr. Bott’s consistent record as a powerful advocate for human life, and for dedicating his radio network to the cause of Christ.
“This year’s Williams Bible Conference provided an ideal setting for this honor,” Dr. Randolph added. “The conference theme is ‘Preserving the Foundations,’ based on Psalms 11:3, ‘If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?’ Mr. Bott shares our school’s commitment to preserving the foundations of this nation’s Christian heritage.”
He also cited Mr. Bott’s passionate commitment to the Constitutional rights of black Americans. “Our school was established to help cultivate a more intelligent faith within the black community. Mr. Bott has not only been a voice of reason in the political arena, but he has always been an advocate for minorities and the disenfranchised. He stands up for the rights of everyone, and he does it with great courage.”
Carver was founded in 1942, and provides a broad range of Bible and seminary training. The school was named after renowned African American scientist George Washington Carver, as an inspiration for the pursuit of intellectual excellence among black Americans.
During a broadcast career spanning 55 years, Mr. Bott has made a lasting mark in the development of Christian radio. He was recently chosen to be inducted into the National Religious Broadcasters Hall of Fame. The NRB Hall of Fame includes such notables as Billy Graham, Dr. James Dobson, Theodore Epp, and Chuck Swindoll.
The honorary doctorate was presented to Mr. Bott at the Williams Bible Conference banquet on Friday, March 14th. The banquet was held in the Fellowship Hall of Grace Baptist Church, located at 7203 Paseo Boulevard in Kansas City.
Founded in 1962, Bott Radio Network currently broadcasts its format of Quality Bible Teaching and Christian News and Information on 80 outlets in ten states with a combined coverage area of nearly 40 million people. It is also heard nationwide over the SkyAngel Direct Broadcasting Satellite system Channel 9781, and worldwide via the Internet at www.bottradionetwork.com.
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