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Committee on Committees, resolutions panel appointed

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.


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.

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