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Julio Guarneri elected next BGCT executive director

DALLAS (BP) – Julio Guarneri, lead pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in McAllen, Texas, was elected to serve as the next executive director of the Baptist General Convention of Texas (BGCT) on Tuesday (Sept. 19), during a regularly scheduled meeting of the BGCT executive board. The election follows the Executive Director Search Committee’s announcement of his candidacy on Sept. 3.

Texas Baptists’ Family Gathering celebrates unity in diversity

McALLEN, Texas (BP) – Nearly 2,000 messengers and visitors gathered in McAllen July 16-18 to take part in Texas Baptists’ Family Gathering, the 138th Annual Meeting of the Baptist General Convention of Texas (BGCT). The theme, drawn from Ephesians 2:19, was coming together as the “Household of God.”

Texas Baptists partner with Send Relief to launch ministry center in Laredo

LAREDO, Texas (BP) -- A new ministry center will open in Laredo, Texas, as part of a partnership between Texas Baptists River Ministry and Send Relief. The center will serve Laredo and the wider Rio Grande Valley area by connecting churches to ministry opportunities on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Texas Baptists urged to proclaim Christ, care for vulnerable

WACO, Texas (BP) -- More than 2,000 participants in person and online witnessed the launch of Faith Fosters Texas at the 2019 Baptist General Convention of Texas (BGCT) annual meeting Nov. 17-19. The new initiative, which aims to alleviate the child welfare crisis in Texas by mobilizing churches to care for vulnerable children and families, was formally launched during the Monday evening session of the 134th annual gathering held in Waco.