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Longtime Baptist journalist Jim Burton dies at 63

CUMMING, Ga. (BP) -- Jim Burton, 63, Southern Baptist international photojournalist and storyteller and Baptist Press contributor, died on May 10 after living with ALS for six years. He was a resident of Cumming, Ga., but had been living at a skilled nursing care facility in Dahlonega since July 2018. Burton's career spanned four decades and included travel throughout Europe, the Far East and Russia as a writer and photographer for Southern Baptist entities. His work also appeared in newspapers, including the Dallas Morning News.

Ga. Baptists honor White; add college budget goals

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (BP) -- Messengers to the 196th annual meeting of the Georgia Baptist Convention recognized J. Robert White on his 25th anniversary as GBC executive director, approved a $41.2 million budget and collected more than 34,000 backpacks for needy children. Messengers gathered at North Metro First Baptist Church in Lawrenceville for the Nov. 13-14 meeting, which was preceded by the Sunday evening Inspirational Rally where International Mission Board President David Platt, an Atlanta native, spoke.

Pitman to Las Vegas: ‘Run to God’ amid tragedy

LAS VEGAS (BP) -- When Vance Pitman stood before the Hope Church congregation in Las Vegas Sunday morning, he looked over a group of people who had been forever changed in a matter of days. Everyone in the service could recount exactly where they were in the late evening hours of Sunday, Oct. 1, when the worst mass shooting in the nation's history unfolded just seven miles across town. Fifty-eight dead, not counting the shooter. Some 500 wounded. At least 20,000 ...

Caner’s departure addressed, trustee resigns

MOUNT VERNON, Ga. (BP) -- Brewton-Parker College trustee chairman Gary Campbell is the third high-profile figure to leave the college's leadership team in the past two weeks. Campbell tendered his resignation on Feb. 2 shortly before introducing Interim President Charles "Charlie" Bass to faculty and staff at the South Georgia college.

Ergun Caner steps down as Brewton-Parker president

MOUNT VERNON (BP) -- Citing his ongoing brokenness following the suicide of his teenage son in July, Brewton-Parker College President Ergun Caner resigned Jan. 20 to return to Texas. Caner's family had never moved to the South Georgia town where the college is located since he accepted the presidency on Dec. 2, 2013. Caner cited his November heart catheterization as being linked to the stress of losing his son in the midst of a grueling yet ultimately successful reaccreditation process with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Brewton-Parker College’s accreditation reaffirmed

MOUNT VERNON Ga. (BP) -- The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges has reaffirmed the accreditation of Brewton-Parker College, reversing an earlier decision.

Ga. Baptists cut budget, plant new churches

MACON, Ga. (BP) -- Georgia Baptists launched a church planting partnership in Augusta and decreased their budget to its lowest level in 17 years during the 193rd annual meeting of the Georgia Baptist Convention.

Brewton-Parker gets accreditation appeal

MOUNT VERNON, Ga. (BP) -- Brewton-Parker College has been notified that it will remain an accredited member of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) while appealing its accreditation status.

Islam sermon on YouTube bumps pastor 5 days

MORELAND, Ga. (BP) -- Daniel Ausbun typically posts his sermons online for First Baptist members who miss a worship service. But this sermon sparked a banishment from YouTube spanning several days.

Brewton-Parker to appeal accreditation findings

MOUNT VERNON, Ga. (BP) -- The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Committee on Colleges (SACS COC) handed down a split decision on June 19 on the academic standing of two of Georgia Baptists' three educational institutions.