NEW ORLEANS (BP)–Appointments to two key committees to serve during the June 12-13 annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in New Orleans have been announced by SBC President James Merritt.
Merritt, pastor of First Baptist Church, Snellville, Ga., announced the appointment of the Committee on Committees and the Committee on Resolutions April 30. The SBC bylaws require the president to announce the appointments “at least 45 days in advance of the meeting.”
The credentials and tellers committees must be made public 30 days before the annual meeting, according to the SBC bylaws.
COMMITTEE ON COMMITTEES
The committee has 70 members, 2 from each of the 35 state or regional conventions qualified for representation on SBC entities.
SBC Bylaw 19 says the Committee on Committees “shall nominate all special committees authorized during the sessions of the convention not otherwise provided for.” The usual responsibility of the committee is to nominate members of the Committee on Nominations, which, in turn, nominates trustees to serve on the various national entities of the SBC.
Merritt named Kevin Ezell, pastor of Highview Baptist Church, Louisville, Ky., as committee chairman.
ALABAMA–Terry Herald, Whitesburg Baptist Church, Huntsville; Gary Hollingsworth, First Baptist Church, Trussville
ALASKA–Steve Holsinger, Faith Christian Community Church, Anchorage; Lenore Senko, South Anchorage Baptist Church, Anchorage
ARIZONA–Joseph (Joe) Chan, Tucson Chinese Baptist Church, Tucson; Berry Norwood, First Southern Baptist Church, Scottsdale
ARKANSAS–DeAnne Turner, Eagle Heights Baptist Church, Harrison; Ralph Clark, First Baptist Church, Centerton
CALIFORNIA–John Jackson, Immanuel Baptist Church, Highland; E.W. McCall Sr., St. Stephen Baptist Church, La Puente
COLORADO–Charles (Charlie) Jones, Fellowship of the Rockies, Pueblo; Michael (Mike) Mowery, Immanuel Baptist Church, Fort Collins
DISTRICT of COLUMBIA–Earnestine Delamar, Hillcrest Baptist Church, Hillcrest Heights, Md.; Sandra Sweetman, First Baptist Church, Upper Marlboro, Md.
FLORIDA–Dwayne Mercer, First Baptist Church, Oviedo; Don Pickerill, Hiland Park Baptist Church, Panama City
GEORGIA–George Anderson, First Baptist Church, Canton; John Avant, New Hope Baptist Church, Fayetteville
HAWAII–Paul Kaneshiro, Pukalani Baptist Church, Pukalani; Sekap Esah, Nu’uanu Baptist Church, Honolulu
ILLINOIS–Jackie Miller, Immanuel Baptist Church, Benton; Randy Mullinax, First Baptist Church, Mt. Carmel
INDIANA–Jewel Pruitt, First Southern Baptist Church, Floyds Knobs; Scott Wilkins, Fall Creek Baptist Church, Indianapolis
KANSAS-NEBRASKA–Gordon Dorian, Immanuel Baptist Church, Wichita, Kan.; Kelly Randolph, Country Acres Baptist Church, Wichita, Kan.
KENTUCKY–Marilyn Boyd, Chapel Park Baptist Church, Louisville; Kevin Ezell, chairman, Highview Baptist Church, Louisville
LOUISIANA–Roy Davis, North Shreve Baptist Church, Shreveport; John Jeffries, First Baptist Church, Chalmette
MARYLAND-DELAWARE–Andrea Johnson, Mars Hill Baptist Church, Baltimore, Md.; Robert (Rob) Lilly, First Baptist Church of Essex, Baltimore, Md.
MICHIGAN–Ken Render, Lakeside Community Church, St. Clair Shores; Carl Petty, Heritage Baptist Church, Grand Blanc
MISSISSIPPI–Bob Dominy, Park Place Baptist Church, Brandon; Charles (Chuck) Register, First Baptist Church, Gulfport
MISSOURI–Gilbert (Gib) Adkins, First Baptist Church, Lebanon; Charles Funderburk, First Baptist Church, Raytown
NEVADA–Charles Jackson, First Baptist Church of the Lakes, Las Vegas; Thane Barnes, Green Valley Baptist Church, Henderson
NEW ENGLAND–Lee Williams, Christian Fellowship Baptist Church, Londonderry; Philip Young, Island Pond Baptist Church, Hampstead, N.H.
NEW MEXICO–Rick Sullivan, First Baptist Church, Artesia; Philip Fike, First Baptist Church, Portales
NEW YORK–James Hundley, Emmanuel Baptist Church, Cortland; Jennifer Robinson, Trinity Baptist Church, Niskayuna, N.Y.
NORTH CAROLINA–Elizabeth Owens, Bay Leaf Baptist Church, Raleigh; Kenneth Stone, Reedy Creek Baptist Church, Charlotte
NORTHWEST–Wesley (Wes) Koester, First Baptist Church, Bingen, Wash.; Chang S. Moon, First Baptist Church, Tacoma, Wash.
OHIO–Dino Senesi, Liberty Heights Church, West Chester; Doug Surber, Miami Shores Baptist Church, Dayton
OKLAHOMA–Craig Ethredge, Northwest Baptist Church, Oklahoma City; Ronnie Rogers, Trinity Baptist Church, Norman
PENNSYLVANIA-SOUTH JERSEY–Glyn Moton, Lake Marburg Baptist Church, Spring Grove, Pa.; Ray Wise, East Shore Baptist Church, Harrisburg, Pa.
SOUTH CAROLINA–Beverly Mack, Shandon Baptist Church, Columbia; Don Wilton, Spartanburg First Baptist Church, Spartanburg
TENNESSEE–Larry Boyles, First Baptist Church of Concord, Knoxville; Bobby Mullins, Cherokee Baptist Church, Memphis
TEXAS–Bruce Perkins, Memorial Baptist Church, Grapevine; Marcos Ramos, Second Baptist Church, Jacinto City
UTAH-IDAHO–Larry Maxwell, Valley Baptist Church, Hagerman, Idaho; Mickey Porter, Mountain View Baptist Church, Layton, Utah
VIRGINIA–Ralph Burrage, First Baptist Church, Norfolk; John McBride, Bon Air Baptist Church, Richmond
WEST VIRGINIA–Todd Hill, Grace Baptist Church, Parkersburg; Robert (Kent) Spann, Cross Lanes Baptist Church, Cross Lanes
WYOMING–Lester Fatheree, First Baptist Church, Kemmerer; Albert B. (Al) Sims, New Castle Southern Baptist Church, New Castle
The Resolutions Committee is composed of 10 members, three of whom must be members of the SBC Executive Committee. The committee, according to Bylaw 20, has the duty “to prepare and submit to the convention resolutions which the committee deems appropriate for adoption and to report on all matters submitted to it by the convention, with or without recommendations or amendments.”
The bylaw also asks that proposed resolutions be sent to the committee 30 days before the annual meeting.
Merritt named Danny Akin, a vice president and dean at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and member of Highview Baptist Church, Louisville, Ky., as committee chairman.
Executive Committee members are Ann Frazier, layperson, Calvary Baptist Church, Roanoke Rapids, N.C.; Pat Pajak, senior pastor, Tabernacle Baptist Church, Decatur, Ill.; and Gary Smith, senior pastor, Fielder Road Baptist Church, Arlington, Texas.
Other members of the committee are Robert Anderson, senior pastor, Colonial Baptist Church, Randallstown, Md.; Martha Atchison, layperson, First Baptist Church, McAllen, Texas; Ed Balducci, team leader, family ministry for the Arkansas Baptist State Convention and member of Geyer Springs Baptist Church, Little Rock, Ark.; William Blanchard, pastor, Grand Avenue Baptist Church, Fort Smith, Ark.; Frank Page, pastor, First Baptist Church, Taylors, S.C.; Jerry (Tim) Passmore, pastor, Woodland Baptist Church, Bradenton, Fla.