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S.C. convention elects first African American president

MOORE, S.C. (BP) -- The 759 registered messengers to the South Carolina Baptist Convention's 199th Annual Meeting made history Nov. 12 by electing a Simpsonville pastor as the first African American to serve as president. Meeting at the Church at the Mill in Moore, under the theme "Engage," South Carolina Baptists were challenged by keynote speakers -- Brentwood, Tenn., pastor Mike Glenn; Chattanooga, Tenn., pastor Micah Fries; Jacksonville, Fla., pastor H.B. Charles Jr.; and Edgar Aponte of Lutz, Fla., -- to actively engage the culture, the lost, the nations and the future.

Chitwood gives farewell address to Ky. Baptists

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Messengers to the Annual Meeting of the Kentucky Baptist Convention approved dissociating with congregations that are also part of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, broke ties with a university and adopted a $22 million Cooperative Program budget goal. Paul Chitwood, who is expected to be elected president of the International Mission Board on Thursday (Nov. 15), also shared what may have been his last address to Kentucky Baptists as executive director. With the theme "Bring Good News," the KBC annual meeting convened on Nov. 13 at the Eastern Kentucky Expo Center, marking the first time Kentucky Baptists have met in the Appalachian city of Pikeville.

Ky. Baptists increase CP, denounce trafficking

FLORENCE, Ky. (BP) -- A report of increased giving through the Cooperative Program by Kentucky Baptist churches and a denunciation of human trafficking were among the highlights of the Kentucky Baptist Convention annual meeting Nov. 15 in Cincinnati-area Florence, Ky. Meeting at Florence Baptist Church, messengers also elected the pastor of the state's oldest Baptist church as convention president and advocated foster care and adoption.

Southern Baptists honor Pearl Harbor survivor

ST. LOUIS (BP) -- World War II veteran Bill McAnany, one of 2,000 living survivors of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, was introduced to the Southern Baptist Convention as messengers honored America and recognized military veterans June 14 at the SBC's annual meeting in St. Louis. Calling it an "awesome privilege," SBC President Ronnie Floyd observed that a memory of WWII disappears from American culture every three minutes as those who fought in the global conflict pass into eternity.

Ky. Baptists elect first African American president

ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (BP) -- Messengers to the 178th annual meeting of the Kentucky Baptist Convention elected an African American as convention president, called for an end to federal funding of Planned Parenthood and launched a strategy to boost their voice at the state capitol. Messengers also approved a $21.5 million Cooperative Program budget goal for the coming year, raising the bar by a quarter million dollars. The 2016-2017 budget equally divides Cooperative Program receipts between KBC missions and ministries and Southern Baptist Convention causes, allocating $10,750,000 to each after deducting 7 percent for shared CP resourcing.

Campbellsville plans to elect own trustees

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Campbellsville University has informed Kentucky Baptist Convention leaders that the school intends to create a self-perpetuating board of trustees and welcome non-Baptist trustees onto the 52-member group.

Interim Sunrise president appointed

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Dale Suttles, Sunrise Children's Services' eastern region advancement director, has been named interim president by the Baptist child care agency's trustees.

Trustees decline proposed change to include homosexuals in childcare agency’s hiring

MOUNT WASHINGTON, Ky. (BP) -- After enduring a dozen years of defending lawsuits stemming from the firing of a lesbian worker, the board of directors of Sunrise Children's Services rejected a recommendation Nov. 8 to change the Kentucky Baptist childcare agency's hiring practices.

Southern Baptists Respond to Supreme Court Decision on Same-Sex Marriage

On our family vacation to St. Augustine, my daughter, Laura, and I mustered up the courage to climb 219 steps—about fourteen stories—to the precipice of the historic city's lighthouse. That, of course, was after we had drunk from the famed Fountain of Youth, and I was feeling young at heart. I apparently was mistaken. Nonetheless, […]

Ky. Baptists welcome new exec. director

FLORENCE, Ky. (BP) — “More for Christ” was the theme for Kentucky Baptists’ 174th annual meeting at Florence Baptist Church at Mt. Zion in Florence Nov. 15. In the first year of a three-year spiritual renewal emphasis, messengers were encouraged to take up the words of John the Baptist — “He must increase … I […]