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SBC Resolutions Committee stays in place, with changes

Editor’s note: This article has been updated to reflect a change in composition of the Committee on Resolutions. Adron Robinson has replaced Angela Suh Um, who notified SBC President J.D. Greear that she is unable to serve.

NASHVILLE (BP) – Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear has announced changes to the makeup of the 2021 Committee on Resolutions for the June 15-16 2021 SBC Annual Meeting, including a new chairman.

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James Merritt

James Merritt will replace Ed Stetzer in that role after Stetzer informed Greear he would be unable to serve in 2021. Merritt, a former SBC president, is pastor of Cross Pointe Church in Duluth, Ga. He served as SBC president from 2000-02. Merritt also chaired the Resolutions Committee in 1993.

“I am so grateful for Dr. James Merritt’s willingness to serve as Chair of the Resolutions Committee for our convention,” said Greear, pastor of The Summit Church in the Raleigh-Durham, N.C., area. “Dr. Merritt’s commitment to the inerrancy and sufficiency of God’s Word is long demonstrated, having led as a young pastor during the conservative resurgence. His ministry has been characterized by zealous personal evangelism, pastoral integrity and prophetic courage, making him one of our convention’s greatest leaders. There simply isn’t a more passionate soul-winner than Dr. James Merritt. He will lead this committee with a pastor’s heart, a scholar’s intellect and a prophet’s zeal.”

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The Committee on Resolutions, as a special committee appointed by the SBC president, was previously named in preparation for the 2020 SBC Annual Meeting. With the cancellation of that meeting, committee members already appointed remain in office until the committees perform their assigned tasks. The president may fill any vacancies that occur.

In addition to Stetzer, three other committee members informed Greear they would be unable to serve in 2021. Nathan Finn, provost at North Greenville University and member of Mountain Creek Baptist Church in Greenville, S.C., and Dana Hall McCain, a columnist who is a member of First Baptist Church of Dothan, Ala., have been appointed to fill vacancies left by Bruce Ashford and Katie McCoy.

Additionally, Adron Robinson, pastor of Hillcrest Baptist Church in Country Club Hills, Ill., has been appointed to fill a vacancy left by Angela Suh Um. While Um’s departure also left vacant the position of vice chair, Finn has agreed to serve in the role.

“I believe our 2021 Resolutions Committee reflects the various interests and concerns within Baptist life,” Greear said. “They were chosen because they love our convention, are committed to sound doctrine and demonstrate a desire for the Gospel to be above all. Each unequivocally affirms the Baptist Faith and Message, and I believe they will lead us toward unity and forward progress in the Great Commission.”

Merritt described himself as “humbled and honored” to chair the committee.

“It is certainly something that I never would have sought, but when duty calls I believe you should accept and I also do this out of my deep love for my fellow Southern Baptists,” he said. “I look forward to working with the Resolutions Committee in serving our convention, hopefully in such an edifying way that God is glorified and the Gospel is above all. I covet your prayers for me and our committee.”

Greear appointed the committee in keeping with the provision in SBC Bylaw 20 that its members be named at least 75 days prior to the start of the annual meeting.

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Other committee members are:

The committee’s composition, according to Bylaw 20, must include at least two members who served the previous year. Robinson and Wellman meet this requirement. Bylaw 20 also stipulates that the committee include at least three SBC Executive Committee members. This year they are Hari, Hunt, Robinson and Wellman.

According to Bylaw 20, the procedure for submitting resolutions is as follows: