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Cloyd Sullins sets retirement from Alaska Baptist Convention

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (BP)–After five years as executive director of the Alaska Baptist Convention and Foundation, Cloyd Sullins has announced his retirement effective Oct. 31.

“I firmly believe God has given me clear affirmation for the timing of my retirement,” Sullins, 64, said. “A key passage has always been for me, `Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy paths.'”

“At this moment the Alaska Baptist Convention and Foundation are in good condition as we come to the close of a five-year strategy plan ending in 2000,” said Sullins, whose tenure included an increase in baptisms.

Sullins also praised the ministry team at the ABC. “I deeply appreciate and enjoy serving with a wonderful staff and other dedicated persons with whom I relate as executive director,” he said. “I have enjoyed working with the elected state leadership, pastors, missionaries, church staff and the churches and missions across our great state.”

In 1991, Sullins was appointed as director of evangelism-church growth of the Alaska convention. In 1994, he accepted a similar position as director of evangelism for the Oklahoma Baptist General Convention. He returned to Alaska as executive director in 1995.

Sullins was a personal witness training facilitator with the Colorado Baptist Convention from 1988-90 and the Indiana Baptist Convention from 1990-91.

He pastored churches throughout Oklahoma, including Carmen, Madill, Oklahoma City and Midwest City, and in Joliet, Ill.

A native of Oklahoma City, Sullins graduated from Oklahoma Baptist University in 1957 and later from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1960.

Sullins and his wife, Cecilia, have four daughters and eight grandchildren.

Following their retirement, the Sullinses will make their home in Oklahoma City.

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