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Nancy Sullivan, ministers’ wives pioneer, dies

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (BP) -- Nancy Hinson Sullivan, wife of John Sullivan, retired executive director-treasurer of the Florida Baptist Convention, died Wednesday (Aug. 12) at Memorial Hospital. The 83-year-old suffered a heart attack in June and a stroke a week prior to her death.

El bautismo celebra las “vidas transformadas” en The Journey Church

ORANGE CITY, Fla. (BP) -- Aunque creció en la iglesia, Jordan Harris se identificaba como un agnóstico durante sus años como estudiante en la Universidad Estatal de Florida. Al regresar a casa para comenzar su carrera, sus padres lo sobornaban para ir con ellos a The Journey Church -- asistir a la iglesia a cambio de una comida gratis en el restaurante -- para un joven hambriento comenzando su propia compañía, cualquier cena era mejor que su típico banquete de fideos Ramen.

Baptisms celebrate ‘transformed lives’ at The Journey Church

ORANGE CITY, Fla. (BP) -- Although he grew up in the church, Jordan Harris identified himself as an agnostic during his college years at Florida State University. Returning home to start his career, his parents bribed him to go with them to the Journey church -- worship attendance in exchange for a free meal at a restaurant. For a starving young man starting his own company, any dinner was a step above the Ramen noodles he usually feasted on.

Crossover Florida to Saturate Entire State with Who’s Your One

Florida Baptist churches from Pensacola to Key West will be challenged to participate in Crossover 2020 to advance Who’s Your One prior to the SBC annual meeting in Orlando June 9–10.

Florida Baptists display unity, embrace diversity

ORLANDO, Fla. (BP) -- More than 2,200 attendees joined together at the Florida Baptist State Convention in Orlando, Fla., Nov. 11-12 to proclaim they were united as "One Family Gathering." "We have played and danced with this issue rather than lamenting and mourning before the Lord," said Tommy Green, Florida Baptist Convention (FBC) executive director-treasurer, during the Nov. 11 opening session. "But tonight we are not divided, we are not segregated. We are a family and we come as one.

Hurricane Michael: Year later, God still at work

MEXICO BEACH, Fla. (BP) -- Riding out Hurricane Michael's 161-mph winds at home in Mexico Beach, Fla., Barbara and Bubba Harmon watched as the storm's nine-foot tidal wave rushed toward them, pieces of broken lives, debris and garbage in its wake. As the family prepared for the worst, in what seemed like only seconds, the rushing storm surge engulfed an empty lake on their property, diverting the dangerous wave away from their home and saving the family from the devastating onslaught.

Fla. Baptists grieve, respond to damage in Bahamas

JACKSONVILLE (BP) -- The utter destruction Hurricane Dorian wreaked on his homeland in the Bahamas is "too much to wrap my head around," said Jacksonville, Fla., pastor Kenny Roberts. "I have watched a lot of storms come and go," he said. "But this is just complete devastation."

SBC leaders cast vision for 2020 SBC

ORLANDO, Fla. (BP) -- More than 220 Florida Baptist pastors and leaders were challenged by Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee President Ronnie Floyd to mobilize messengers "for the sake of the Gospel" to attend the SBC annual meeting, June 9-10, 2020, in Orlando. During the Aug. 21 meeting held at First Baptist Church in Orlando, Floyd asked for the pastors to "begin a journey of casting a vision" that will bring "thousands and thousands" to the annual meeting.

Stewardship panel: Finances & marriage discussed

DALLAS (BP) -- Developing a stewardship plan to get out of debt will strengthen marriages and create stronger disciples, according to a group of pastors and speakers who participated on the President's Panel on Stewardship June 13 at the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in Dallas. Led by immediate past SBC President Steve Gaines, the panel consisted of personal finance speaker and author Dave Ramsey; his daughter Rachel Cruze, also an author and speaker; Grant Gaines, pastor of Calvary ...

Diverse slate of officers to lead SBC in 2018-2019

DALLAS (BP) -- J.D. Greear, pastor of The Summit Church in the Raleigh-Durham, N.C., area, was elected the 60th president of Southern Baptist Convention during the 2018 SBC annual meeting in Dallas. Greear will lead a diverse slate of officers including A.B. Vines, pastor of New Seasons Church in San Diego, first vice president; Felix Cabrera, pastor of Iglesia Bautista Central in Oklahoma City, second vice president; John Yeats, executive director of the Missouri Baptist Convention, recording secretary; and Don Currence, minister of children and administration at First Baptist Church in Ozark, Mo., registration secretary.