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Currence to be re-nominated as SBC registration sec.

DALLAS (BP) — Don Currence, a Missouri administration and children’s pastor, will be nominated for a second term as Southern Baptist Convention registration secretary, his pastor Phillip Burden announced today (May 8).

“It is my privilege to nominate Don Currence as registration secretary of the Southern Baptist Convention,” said Burden, pastor of First Baptist Church in Ozark, Mo., where Currence has served on staff 25 years. “Don exercises Christian leadership in the congregation context that reflects the character of Christ. Don serves our convention with the same fervor and commitment.”

Currence was first elected at last year’s SBC annual meeting in Phoenix after serving 12 years as an assistant to former registration secretary Jim Wells. Wells did not attend the Phoenix convention amid his final days battling cancer and died a week following the annual meeting.

Prior to his service at First Baptist Ozark, Currence was on staff at churches in Missouri and Louisiana.

First Baptist Ozark gave 12.8 percent of its 2017 undesignated receipts in Great Commission Giving, including 7 percent through the Cooperative Program, the church told Baptist Press. First Baptist’s total mission giving was 16.9 percent of undesignated receipts. The church’s CP giving was confirmed by the Missouri Baptist Convention and data from the SBC’s Annual Church Profile (ACP) database.

Great Commission Giving is a category of giving established by SBC action in 2011 that encompasses giving through CP, Southern Baptists’ unified program of funding state- and SBC-level ministries, as well as direct gifts to SBC entities, associational giving and giving to state convention ministries.

According to ACP, First Baptist recorded 14 baptisms last year, with an average worship attendance of 616.

Currence has been a trustee and state alumni officer for New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and served in various state and associational leadership roles in Missouri and Louisiana.

He earned a bachelor’s degree from Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Mo., and a master of church music from New Orleans Seminary.

Currence and his wife Cheta have two high school daughters.