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Robert Collins’ nomination for SBC 2nd VP announced

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. (BP)–Robert Collins, the immediate past president of the Missouri Baptist Convention, will be nominated as the Southern Baptist Convention’s second vice president during the June 11-12 SBC annual meeting in St. Louis.

Collins has been pastor of Plaza Heights Baptist Church in Blue Springs for 22 years and a Missouri pastor for 35 years.

Fred Powell, a member of Plaza Heights, told Baptist Press May 31 he will nominate Collins for the post.

Powell is a former special assistant to the president at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Kansas City, Mo., and former senior associate pastor at First Baptist Church, Atlanta, and First Baptist Church, Moore, Okla.

Collins, during his tenure at Plaza Heights, has baptized 1,600 people and led the church in the addition of nearly 3,000 members and in giving $2 million through the SBC Cooperative Program for national and international missions and ministries, Powell recounted.

Collins also served eight years as a trustee at Midwestern, including first and second vice chairmen’s roles.

During his Missouri convention presidency, Powell said, “In the midst of very unsettling times … he distinguished himself by patient and balanced handling of delicate areas.”

At last fall’s MBC annual meeting, Collins presided in “the most fair and kind manner under difficult circumstances. His patience and demeanor certainly distinguished him as a wise and godly leader.”

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