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2nd nominee announced for SBC 1st v.p. election

SALT LAKE CITY (BP)–Rick Ferguson, pastor of Denver’s Riverside Baptist Church, will be nominated for first vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention when messengers gather for the annual meeting in Salt Lake City June 9-11.
Planning to nominate Ferguson for the SBC post is Ronnie Floyd, pastor of First Baptist Church, Springdale, Ark., and a former president of the SBC Pastors’ Conference.
Ferguson is the current chairman of the SBC’s Committee on Order of Business.
An earlier announced nominee for the SBC’s first vice presidency is William L. “Bill” Wagner, E. Hermond Westmoreland Professor of Evangelism at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, Mill Valley, Calif., and an emeritus Southern Baptist missionary.
Floyd, in a prepared statement May 22, said, “Rick Ferguson pastors one of the greatest Southern Baptist churches in the West. His church not only reaches approximately 2,000 people a week on their campus, with this number growing, but they have also planted 24 satellite churches.”
Saying he senses God’s leadership to nominate Ferguson, Floyd added, “Southern Baptists need an upcoming leader like Rick Ferguson … . He is a true spiritual champion and a great leader among us.”
A feature about the multifaceted “Arms Around Denver” church-planting ministries of Riverside Baptist Church appeared in the June/July 1997 issue of SBC Life, published by the SBC Executive Committee.