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40th anniversary meeting ahead for directors of missions group

NEW ORLEANS (BP)–The 40th anniversary meeting of the Southern Baptist Conference of Associational Directors of Missions will be June 10-11 at the Radisson Hotel in New Orleans.

The conference was founded in 1960 when the Southern Baptist Convention met in Miami Beach. This year’s 40th anniversary stems from the fact that the group did not meet in connection with the SBC’s 1963 meeting in Kansas City.

The conference seeks to undergird the work of 1,200 associations of local Baptist churches across the country.

“Servant Leaders to the Churches: In Prayer and in the Word” will be the theme of the conference, which opens with a 9:45 a.m. worship service Sunday, June 10, with a message by Roy Fish, distinguished professor of evangelism at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas.

Jeff Iorg, executive director of the Northwest Baptist Convention, will lead Bible studies during the 1 p.m. Sunday and 8:30 a.m. Monday sessions.

The president’s address, by Don Beall, director of missions for the Puget Sound Baptist Association, Federal Way, Wash., also is slated for the Sunday afternoon session.

Also featured during the two-day conference will be:

— James T. Draper Jr., president of LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention.

— Russell Begaye, manager, national multiethnic special for the Southern Baptist North American Mission Board’s church multiplication team.

— Fred Dyess, director of missions for the Baptist Association of Greater New Orleans.

— John Kuespert, director of missions for the New Hampshire Baptist Association.

— Ron Davis, director of missions for the Greenville (S.C.) Baptist Association.

— Charles Lowrey, pastor of Hoffmantown Baptist Church, Albuquerque, N.M.