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Diverse cooperation precedes historic Black leadership of Virginia convention

HENRICO, Va. (BP) – Wayne Faison, newly elected executive director of the Baptist General Association of Virginia, was looking for a fulltime pastor’s post when he landed at the BGAV 21 years ago.

Pastor is first Burmese-American elected to Indianapolis-area school board

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (BP) – In his new role on the Perry Township Schools Board, Southern Baptist pastor Hre Mang hopes to help provide quality education to the community’s diverse population.

Alaska’s lone Hispanic church sees spiritual fruit in ‘fertile soil’

JUNEAU, Alaska (BP) – Members of Rescate Church, the only Hispanic Southern Baptist Church in Alaska, have seen great spiritual fruit in the last couple of years and desire to continue growing their ministry by planting more Hispanic churches throughout the state.

Unify Project set to launch with widespread participation

MOBILE, Ala. (BP) – The Unify Project, a Gospel-centered, ethnically diverse racial reconciliation ministry designed to mobilize Southern Baptist pastors and leaders in unifying their communities, is expected to launch Nov. 15 with widespread national participation, project co-chairman Ed Litton told Baptist Press.

Historic election of N.C. convention’s first Black president put into perspective with Facebook post

MONROE, N.C. (BP) — Quintell Hill’s election as the first African American president in the history of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina is notable on its own merit. But just as Hill’s ascension to that role is indicative of the growing diversification of the Southern Baptist Convention, so is his testimony on the need for Southern Baptists to continue to address instances of racism.

Hmong Baptists celebrate being Southern Baptists

DENVER, Colorado (BP) – More than 150 people from the 54 Hmong Southern Baptist churches across the United States gathered Oct. 13-15 at First Hmong Baptist Church of Broomfield, a north Denver suburb, for the Hmong Baptist National Association’s annual meeting.

New name, logo for Southern Baptist Hispanic group to represent unity

NASHVILLE (BP) – Bruno Molina, president of the recently rebranded and revitalized National Hispanic Baptist Network (NHBN), said he wants the group’s new name and logo to promote unity and inclusion among Hispanics in the SBC.

HBCU leaders take vision trip to São Paulo

A group of International Mission Board missionaries and leaders from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) walked into a community in São Paulo, Brazil, that IMB missionary Aaron Stormer described as the worst neighborhood he’s ever seen. Open sewage ran under the thin flooring in each house, Aaron said, using the term “house” loosely.

NextGen pastors add zeroes, find fellowship, grow in knowledge of IMB

RICHMOND, Va. (BP) – Eli Choi, the pastor of Home Church in Frederick, Md., said that after attending the NextGen SBC Asian American Pastors’ Summit at the International Mission Board headquarters he has a renewed commitment to cooperative Southern Baptist missions through the IMB. 

NextGen Asian American pastors go ‘all in’

RICHMOND, Va. (BP) – “I’ll add a zero to our giving.”