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New York Baptists install Jerry Graham as top exec


EAST HANOVER, N.J. (BP)–Jerry Boyd Graham was installed as the fourth executive director/treasurer of the Baptist Convention of New York when it met Nov. 5-6 at the Ramada Conference Center in East Hanover, N.J.
Graham, 62, was elected unanimously by the executive board May 15, 1998, and began serving as executive director/treasurer June 1, 1998. Graham came to New York after his retirement as associate vice president of the extension section at the North American Mission Board.
An Oklahoma native, Graham received his seminary degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, and a doctorate from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky. He is married to the former Areta Ruth Warren.
Officers elected to serve the state convention were President Eddie Hatcher, pastor of Central Hunterdon Baptist Church in Flemington, N.J.; First Vice President Ernesto Chaparro, pastor of Canaan Spanish Baptist Church in Corona, N.Y.; and Recording Secretary Ralph Jordan, pastor of Beacon Light Baptist Church in Vernon, N.Y.
A total basic and advance budget of $2,779,716 was adopted. Of the basic budget, $590,000, or 21.5 percent, is anticipated from BCNY churches through gifts to the Cooperative Program. Twenty-four percent of those gifts ($141,600) will be sent to the SBC Executive Committee for SBC causes. This percentage remains unchanged from 1998. The total budget contains no preferred items or exceptions applied before calculation of SBC Cooperative Program giving.
Two major resolutions were approved. The first condemned racism in light of the murder of James Byrd in Jasper, Texas, and called for all to work toward racial equality in our troubled world. The second affirmed the sanctity of human life, but condemned the violence against and murder of those who are involved in performing abortions. This resolution was a direct comment on the murder of Barnett A. Slepian of Amherst, N.Y., and pledged prayer and support for his family.
Next year’s meeting will be Nov. 4-5 in Lake Placid, N.Y.