Two slates of candidates announced for offices
Save Our Convention ideas associated with recommended officers
OSAGE BEACH—In a press release with the headline “Concerned Baptist Leaders Recommend Missouri Baptist Convention (MBC) Officers,” it was stated that many pastors, staff members, directors of missions, laypeople, and the Save Our Convention (SOC) group have expressed concern for the future of the Missouri Baptist Convention.
“Wanting our churches to focus on missions and evangelism, and to emphasize funding these efforts through the Cooperative Program, we ask you to prayerfully consider electing the following slate of officers at our annual meeting at Tan-Tar-A, Oct. 29-31:
“President: Gerald Davidson, pastor emeritus, First Baptist Church, Arnold.
“First Vice President: Bruce McCoy, pastor, Canaan Baptist Church.
“Second Vice President: John Marshall, pastor, Second Baptist Church, Springfield.
“Recording Secretary: Chadd Pendergraft, Splitlog Baptist Church, Goodman.
“Join us as we look forward to the best days of Missouri Baptist life,” the release said.
Incumbent president tops list of candidates with MBLA history
JEFFERSON CITY – Calling for Missouri Southern Baptists to “stay the course,” a slate of candidates have been announced for all four offices.
While Project 1000 no longer exists, all four candidates have been leaders in the initiative that rescued the Convention from theological liberalism. All have been supporters of the Missouri Baptist Laymen’s Association (MBLA), but the research association has chosen not to endorse candidates.
Current Missouri Baptist Convention (MBC) President Mike Green, director of missions, Twin Rivers Baptist Association in Wright City, is running for re-election, marking the first time since the MBC voted to allow presidents to serve two terms that a president has chosen to do so.
• Jay Scribner, recently retired pastor, First Baptist Church, Branson, for first vice president.
• Roger Moran, organizer of Project 1000 and MBLA research director who is a member of First Baptist Church, Troy, for second vice president.
• Jerry Williams, director of missions, Barry County Baptist Association, for recording secretary.