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Registration secretary renominated

KIMBERLING CITY, Mo. (BP)–Jim Wells will be nominated to serve another term as registration secretary for the Southern Baptist Convention, Missouri pastor Randy Johnson announced June 6.

Wells, who was first elected to the post in 2002, is director of missions for the Tri-County Baptist Association in southwest Missouri and a member of Hopedale Baptist Church in Ozark.

“I’ve never met a man more committed to the Lord or devoted to his denomination,” said Johnson, pastor of First Southern Baptist Church in Kimberling City, Mo., and a member of the SBC Executive Committee.

“Under his leadership as SBC registration secretary, Jim has implemented online registration and express registration and enlisted and utilized young adults from Baptist Collegiate Ministries to serve as volunteers in registration,” Johnson recounted.

Johnson also noted that Wells has instituted the giving of a complimentary SBC Book of Reports to each messenger.

The Tri-County Baptist Association, which Wells has led for seven years, received the “Church Planting Association of the Year” award in 2004 from the Missouri Baptist Convention.

Wells previously pastored Oakwood Baptist Church in Kansas City, Mo., for 16 years, leading the church to increase its Cooperative Program giving from 8 percent to more than 16 percent of undesignated receipts. He was in the pastorate more than 32 years.

Wells also is a member of the Missouri Baptist Convention’s executive board and a former member of the SBC Executive Committee and has served on numerous committees at the association, state and national levels.

Johnson noted, “Obviously, this reveals a man who tries to model his life in the footsteps of Jesus by humbly serving others. Jim Wells lives for Christ with the integrity of a godly life.”

A Missouri native, Wells holds a master of divinity degree from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Mo., along with degrees from Hannibal-LaGrange College and Central Missouri State University.

He and his wife of 40 years, Judy, have one daughter, Dana.

Information for Hopedale Baptist Church from Southern Baptists’ Annual Church Profile survey for the most recent year, 2006, lists 37 baptisms and primary worship service attendance of 385. The church gave $51,157, or 9.1 percent, through the Cooperative Program from total undesignated receipts of $563,331. According to the ACP, the church’s total mission expenditures were $12,398, including $4,682 for the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions and $1,703 for the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North American Missions.

The election for SBC recording secretary is scheduled for Wednesday during the SBC’s June 12-13 annual meeting in San Antonio.

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