MBC will play prominent role at SBC’s Indy meeting
May 11, 2004
JEFFERSON CITY — There will be significant Missouri Baptist Convention (MBC) participation when messengers gather for the Southern Baptist Convention’s (SBC) annual meeting in Indianapolis June 14-15.
More than a dozen Missouri Baptists will be directly involved with the proceedings of the meeting or will be candidates for important SBC-wide offices.
Michael Whitehead, lead attorney for the MBC in its case against five rebel entities and the immediate past deacon chairman at First Baptist Church, Raytown, will serve as chairman of the Committee on Order of Business.
Jim Wells, director of missions, Tri-County Baptist Association, will serve as registration secretary for the meeting.
Mauricio Vargas, MBC Hispanic catalytic missionary, will offer a prayer and vocalist Buddy Lee of Kansas City, will offer a message in song during one of the convention’s sessions.
Gerald Davidson, pastor, First Baptist Church, Arnold, and a former MBC president, will be nominated for first vice president of the SBC. It is anticipated that Adrian Rogers, three-time SBC president and senior pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church, Memphis, Tenn., will nominate Davidson, who thus far, is unopposed.
Messengers will be asked to approve nominees Mitchell Jackson, pastor, Miner Baptist Church, Sikeston and MBC first vice president, and Bruce McCoy, pastor, Canaan Baptist Church, St. Louis, for slots on the powerful Committee on Committees.
The Committee on Committees has 70 members, two from each of the 35 state or regional conventions qualified for representation on SBC entities. The principle responsibility of the Committee on Committees is to nominate members of the Committee on Nominations, which, in turn, nominates trustees to serve on the various national entities of the SBC.
In addition, messengers will vote on the nominations of six Missouri Baptists tabbed for trustee positions at SBC entities. They include:
• Randy A. Johnson, pastor, First Baptist Church, Kimberling City, for a second term to the SBC Executive Committee;
• John E. Greever, pastor, First Baptist Church, Fenton, for a second term with the International Mission Board;
• Gary A. Grunick, layperson, First Baptist Church, St. Peters, for a term to expire in 2008 with LifeWay;
• David L. Baker, pastor, First Baptist Church, Belton, and a member of the MBC Executive Board, to a second term on the trustee board for the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary;
• Cindy Province, layperson, First Baptist Church, Harvester, to a second term with the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary;
• Jackie C. Jackson, layperson, First Baptist Church, Ellisville, for a board of trustee position to expire in 2009 at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.