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SBC recording secretary to be nominated for another term

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–John L. Yeats will be nominated for another term as recording secretary of the Southern Baptist Convention by a Tulsa, Okla., pastor.

“Dr. John Yeats has faithfully and effectively served the Southern Baptist Convention for the past eight years as the recording secretary,” said Shane Hall, senior pastor of Tulsa’s Calvary Baptist Church. “He knows what it takes to fulfill with excellence the task of the recording secretary.

“His service to this convention provides for us the documentation of what we do in our convention meetings [and] is vital for this convention in making wise and godly decisions,” Hall said.

As the SBC’s recording secretary, Yeats is responsible for the recording of the proceedings and final editing of the SBC Annual and the SBC Book of Reports. He was first elected to the position in 1997.

Yeats is the editor of the Baptist Messenger, newsjournal of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, and former editor of the Indiana Baptist of the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana. He previously pastored churches in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Montana.

Hall said Yeats, as editor of the Baptist Messenger, “leads the newsjournal to trumpet how God is at work through everyday people to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ. John’s weekly column encourages and exhorts the readers to understand the world around them and to make an impact on this world for the Kingdom work.”

Yeats has “a heart for evangelism and is an uncompromising preacher of the unchanging Word of God,” Hall added. “John lives out privately what he displays in his public ministry.”

As part of his responsibilities as recording secretary, Yeats serves on the SBC Executive Committee. He also is a former at-large commissioner with the SBC Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission and a former SBC Resolutions Committee member.

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