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Resolutions Committee appointed for Nashville SBC meeting

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–SBC President Bobby Welch has named the members of the Resolutions Committee who will serve during the June 21-22 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Nashville, Tenn.

Welch, pastor of First Baptist Church in Daytona Beach, Fla., appointed Gene Mims, interim pastor of College Heights Baptist Church in Gallatin, Tenn., as committee chairman.

Welch’s other appointees, in alphabetical order, are:

— Penna Dexter, radio talk show host and member of Prestonwood Baptist Church, Plano, Texas.

— T.C. French, pastor of Jefferson Baptist Church, Baton Rouge, La.

— Gary Ledbetter, editor of the Southern Baptist Texan, Dallas, and member of Inglewood Baptist Church in Grand Prairie, Texas.

— Greg Mathis, pastor of Mud Creek Baptist Church, Hendersonville, N.C., and a member of the SBC Executive Committee.

— Jeff Moore, pastor of First Baptist Church, Altus, Okla., and a member of the SBC Executive Committee.

— Barbara O’Chester, member of Great Hills Baptist Church, Austin, Texas.

— Joseph Rogers, pastor of First Baptist Church, White House, Tenn.

— Ida South, retired educator, member of First Baptist Church, Mathiston, Miss., and a member of the SBC Executive Committee.

— David Wilson, pastor of Judson Baptist Church, Nashville, Tenn.

The committee’s composition must include at least two members who served the previous year, with Dexter and O’Chester meeting this requirement. Bylaw 20 has long required that the committee include at least three SBC Executive Committee members. This year they are Mathis, Moore and South.

The naming of the Resolutions Committee in early April is in keeping with an amendment to SBC Bylaw 20 approved during the 2002 SBC annual meeting in St. Louis, which also entailed various changes to the resolution submission procedure. The changes include the following:

— Proposed resolutions may be submitted as early as April 15 but no later than 15 days prior to the SBC annual meeting, giving the Resolutions Committee a two-week period in which to consider submissions. Resolutions may no longer be submitted during the annual meeting.

— Proposed resolutions must be accompanied by a letter from a church qualified to send a messenger to the SBC annual meeting certifying that the individual submitting the resolution is a member in good standing.

— Proposed resolutions preferably should be submitted by e-mail or mailed to the Resolutions Committee in care of the SBC Executive Committee. The drafts must be typewritten, titled, dated and include complete contact information for the person and his or her church.

— No person will be allowed to submit more than three resolutions per year.

— If a properly submitted resolution is not forwarded by the Resolutions Committee to the SBC annual meeting, a two-thirds vote of messengers would be required to bring the proposed resolution to the convention floor.
All resolutions adopted by the SBC can be searched and read on the Web at http://www.sbc.net/resolutions/AMResSearch.asp.

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