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N.Y. Baptists elect Robertson to executive director’s post

EAST SYRACUSE, N.Y. (BP)–The Baptist Convention of New York’s executive board has elected longtime pastor and leader Terry M. Robertson as the fifth executive director/treasurer of the 35-year-old convention.

Robertson, 50, senior pastor of Madison (N.J.) Baptist Church, will succeed J.B. Graham on Graham’s retirement at the conclusion of the convention’s Nov. 4-5 annual meeting in Saddle Brook, N.J.

Robertson moved to New York in 1980 as church planter/pastor of First Baptist Church of Grand Island. The Southern Baptist Home Mission Board (now North American Mission Board) appointed him in 1984 as associational missionary for the Frontier Baptist Association in western New York. Robertson became senior pastor of Amherst (N.Y.) Baptist Church in 1992 and senior pastor of Madison Baptist Church in August 2003.

Robertson has served as the New York representative on the Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee since 1995 and he was on the SBC Committee on Nominations in 2002.

He has served on the Baptist Convention of New York’s executive board and was chairman from 1995-98. He was a member of the organizing committee for the BCNY Foundation and was an elected trustee of the foundation from 1987-93.

On the associational level, Robertson chaired the Frontier Baptist Association’s evangelism and campus ministry committees, directed Seminary Extension and served as moderator. In the Metropolitan New York Baptist Association, he has served on the pastor leadership implementation team of the Strategic Focus Cities emphasis New Hope New York and as a Force Multiplier with LifeWay Christian Resources.

A native of Dutton, Ala., Robertson was pastor of Nicholsville Baptist Church in Thomasville, Ala., from 1974-80 and associate pastor and minister of youth at Broadway Baptist Church in Rainsville, Ala., from 1973-74.

He received a master of religious education degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 1979. He graduated from Samford University in Birmingham, Ala., in 1977 with a major in religion.

Robertson’s wife, Elizabeth, a native of Atlanta, is a music teacher and an independent Mary Kay Cosmetics consultant. They have three sons: Nathan, a recent Union University graduate; Todd, a student athlete at the University of Buffalo; and Evan, a ninth-grader.

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