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Yeats to be re-nominated recording secretary

BATON ROUGE, La. (BP)–John L. Yeats will be re-nominated for another one-year term as recording secretary of the Southern Baptist Convention during the June 15-16 annual meeting in Orlando, Fla., a Louisiana pastor has announced.

“John Yeats has a passion for the Lord Jesus Christ reflected in his continued faithfulness to proclaim the Gospel and his diligence to mobilize others for the Great Commission,” said James B. Law, pastor of First Baptist Church in Gonzales, La. “He stands upon the authority of God’s Word and has demonstrated integrity in his ministry, in season and out of season. He is fully acquainted with our common labor as Southern Baptists and would continue to serve us well as recording secretary of the convention. ”

Law is a member of the 2010 SBC Resolutions Committee and of the SBC Executive Committee.

Last year’s annual meeting in Louisville, Ky., marked Yeats’ 12th annual meeting as recording secretary.

The SBC recording secretary is responsible for the record of the proceedings of the Southern Baptist Convention, training volunteer pages and the final edit of the SBC Book of Reports and the SBC Annual. He also serves as an ex officio member of the SBC Executive Committee.

Yeats designed the process currently used for the flow of information from the convention floor to the platform and distribution to the Order of Business Committee, a process that has enhanced the accuracy of the official record.

Yeats currently serves as director of communications for the Louisiana Baptist Convention, edits the LBCLive missions magazine and is interim pastor of First Baptist Church in Rayville, La. He is a former editor of state Baptist papers in Oklahoma and Indiana and has served churches in six states during his 40 years of pastoral ministry.

Yeats is a graduate of Dallas Baptist University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. In 2006, he received a doctor of ministry degree from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Mo.

Information for First Baptist Church in Rayville, La., from Southern Baptists’ Annual Church Profile survey for the most recent year, 2009, lists 12 baptisms and primary worship service attendance of 320. The church gave $71,853, or 9 percent, through the Cooperative Program from total undesignated receipts of $798,564. According to the ACP, the church’s total mission expenditures were $162,870, including $8,435 for the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions and $2,783 for the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North American Missions.
Compiled by Mark Kelly, an assistant editor at Baptist Press.

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