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Wyo. Baptists’ worship led by band from new church

CASPER, Wyo. (BP)–Baptists in Wyoming gathered at First Southern Baptist Church in Casper for the 22nd annual meeting of the Wyoming Southern Baptist Convention Nov. 10-11, where they were led in worship by a band from one of the newest churches to join their membership.

Four in the Fire, a praise and worship group from Laramie Valley Chapel in Laramie Valley, helped keep the 100-plus messengers and guests focused on the convention’s theme, “Being Built Together for God’s Glory.” Laramie Valley Chapel became a part of Wyoming’s Frontier Baptist Association earlier in the fall.

Quin Williams, pastor of Boyd Avenue Baptist Church in Casper, was elected president for the coming year. Also elected were Jim Ritter, pastor of First Southern Baptist Chapel in Glenrock, first vice president; Ron Cherry, pastor of Agape Baptist Church in Cheyenne, second vice president; and Hope Reynolds, a member of Heart of the Valley Baptist Church in Mountain View, recording secretary.

Messengers approved a 2006 budget of $1,322,618, up nearly $75,000 over the current year.

Other business included the approval of constitution and bylaw changes, such as making Mountain Top Baptist Assembly a sole proprietor entity and amending the process for the election of officers of the convention’s executive board.

Sermons for the annual meeting included the president’s address by John Scudder, pastor of Wilson Community Fellowship in Jackson; the annual sermon by Pete Kuhn, pastor of Grace Southern Baptist Church in Greybull; the executive director’s message by Lynn Nikkel; and Richard Blackaby, president of the Canadian Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

The convention’s 2006 annual meeting will be Nov. 9-10 at First Baptist Church in Worland.

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