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Utah-Idaho conv. re-elects 3 officers

HOLLADAY, Utah (BP)–The three top officers of the Utah-Idaho Southern Baptist Convention were re-elected during Oct. 21-22 sessions at the Salt Lake City-area Holladay Baptist Church.

Paul Thompson, pastor of Eastside Baptist Church in Twin Falls, Idaho, will serve a second term as president, along with John Williams, pastor of First Baptist Church in Monticello, Utah, as first vice president, and Dan Ozuna, pastor of Iglesia Bautista Agua Viva in Caldwell, Idaho, second vice president. Jo Markham, a member of First Baptist Church in Brigham City, Utah, was elected recording secretary.

Messengers passed a resolution affirming Rob Lee as the state convention’s new executive director. Lee, who assumed responsibilities in September, has ministered in Utah since 1987.

From an anticipated $942,448 in Cooperative Program giving from Utah-Idaho churches in the coming year, the convention will continue to forward 21.5 percent to national and international missions and ministries of the Southern Baptist Convention. The state convention’s overall budget approved for 2009 is $2,521,683, up 3.09 percent over the current budget.

“Outside the Camp,” based on Hebrews 13:7-14, was the theme of the convention’s 44th annual meeting.

Randy Myers, pastor of First Baptist Church in Vernal, Utah, delivered the annual sermon to an audience that included 104 messengers representing 42 churches. Music was led by John Martinez of Eastside Baptist.

Messengers approved the affiliation of three new churches: Crossroads Baptist Church in Cataldo, Idaho; First Baptist Church in Bonners Ferry, Idaho; and Discovery Church in Farr West, Utah.

Craig Brown, pastor of First Southern Baptist Church in St. George, Utah, and John Keith, pastor of Red Hills Baptist Church in Enoch, Utah, were approved to fill vacancies on the state convention’s executive board.

The two-state convention was organized in 1964, though the first Southern Baptist church in Idaho dates to 1887 and in Utah, 1944. It consists of about 150 congregations grouped into 11 Baptist associations that minister in nine languages.

Next year’s annual meeting will be Oct. 27-28 at Central Valley Baptist Church in Meridian, Idaho.
Based on a report by Bill Pepper of the Utah-Idaho Southern Baptist Convention.

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