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La. pastor joins nominees for SBC 2nd vice president

WESTWEGO, La. (BP)–Louisiana pastor Jay Adkins will be nominated for second vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention by Joed Rice, pastor of Central Baptist Church in Ashland, Ky., according to a news release.

Adkins has been pastor of First Baptist Church in Westwego, La., for four years and expects to graduate from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree in May 2007. Adkins, 33, previously served as pastor of Fellowship Baptist Church in South Shore, Ky., where he led the congregation from its status as a mission to a self-supporting church.

“Jay Adkins exemplifies the best qualities of a number of young leaders now emerging in the Southern Baptist Convention,” Rice said.

Adkins is the third nominee for SBC second vice president, following the announcement in early March by Kentucky pastor Bill Dodson that he will nominate Wiley Drake, pastor of First Southern Baptist Church in Buena Park, Calif., and the announcement later that month by Daniel L. Akin, president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, that he will nominate J.D. Greear, pastor of the Summit Church in Durham, N.C.

The SBC’s June 13-14 sessions will be held in Greensboro, N.C.

A fourth generation Baptist pastor, Adkins frequently speaks at revivals, Bible conferences and associational and state convention meetings, according to the news release.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Adkins’ church building suffered significant damage to the roofs and worship center but served as a staging area for SBC disaster relief work. Two kitchen units set up at First Baptist Westwego served more than 400,000 meals for police, emergency personnel, military members and area residents.

Information for the most recent year from Southern Baptists’ Annual Church Profile survey, 2005, for First Baptist Westwego lists 18 baptisms; $4,981 in gifts through the SBC Cooperative Program; undesignated receipts of $82,582; and total mission expenditures of $7,297, including $299 for the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions and $72 for the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North American Missions. Total membership stood at 479, resident membership at 246.

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