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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 22, 2006


PAUL HEIL GRANTED
HONORARY DOCTORATE

Paul Heil, producer and host of "The Gospel Greats" syndicated radio program, has been granted an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree by Emmanuel Baptist University of Connelly Springs, North Carolina.

Dr. William B. Reynolds, president of Emmanuel, conferred the degree during special ceremonies June 16, 2006, at the Pentagon near Washington, DC. Several others were similarly honored. The ceremonies took place during a special midday Gospel concert in the Pentagon's center courtyard featuring Eddie Reynolds and Leviticus, Stella Parton, the Jason Camp Family and others.

"I deeply appreciate this very special honor," Heil said in receiving the doctoral certificate. Heil's earned degree is a B.A. in English from Elizabethtown College.

Emmanual Baptist University offers courses of studies up to six years, including earned doctorates. According to Dr. Reynolds, the school's goal is "to prepare Christian workers to articulate the claims of the gospel of our dear Lord to our generation."

Heil's "The Gospel Greats" program is the best-known syndicated Southern Gospel radio program, presently airing on about 200 radio stations each week in the United States and Canada, as well as by satellite and worldwide on the internet.

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Photo caption: Dr. Bill Reynolds, president of Emmanuel Baptist University, presents an honorary Doctorate of Humanities degree to Paul Heil.

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