NASHVILLE (BP) – Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear has announced the 68 members of the Committee on Committees that will meet prior to the SBC Annual Meeting in Nashville June 15-16.
Greear, pastor of The Summit Church in Durham, N.C., has named Meredith Cook, a member of Neartown Church in Houston, as chair of this year’s Committee on Committees. Steven Wade, lead pastor of Faith Baptist Church in Youngsville, N.C., will serve as vice chair.
Committee members, listed by state are:
ALABAMA: Demetrus Coleman, Redemption, Saraland; Salvatore Blanco, Highland Baptist, Florence
ALASKA: Jeff Ling, First Baptist, North Pole; Val Natcher, Filipino Bible, Anchorage
ARIZONA: Joy Longaza, Valley Life Tramonto, Phoenix; Rosalva Good, North Phoenix Baptist, Phoenix
ARKANSAS: Ally Freeman, Grand Avenue Baptist, Fort Smith; Brenda Herring, Second Baptist, Conway
CALIFORNIA: Candace (C.J.) Boo, Good Community, Torrance; Ghason Al-Nimri, Valley Baptist, Bakersfield
COLORADO: Cayla Sherfey, The Oaks, Denver; Libby Phillips, Journey Point, Denver
FLORIDA: Rachel Phillips, Hibernia Baptist, Fleming Island; Yerusha Bunag, Idlewild Baptist, Lutz
GEORGIA: Laura Turner, Image, Marietta; Jimmie Samuels, First Baptist, Douglasville
HAWAII-PACIFIC: Vicky Kawamae, Cornerstone Fellowship, Mililani; James McElrath, Olivet Baptist, Honolulu
ILLINOIS: Tamara Haymon, Love Fellowship Baptist, Romeoville; Tauji VanPelt, Hillcrest Baptist, Country Club Hills
INDIANA: Chase Sears, Oak Park Baptist, Jeffersonville; Hre Mang, Falam Christian, Indianapolis
KANSAS/NEBRASKA: Tracy McElhattan, Blue Valley Baptist, Overland Park (Kan.); Rodney Bartlett, River Community, Wichita (Kan.)
KENTUCKY: Jason Lowe, First Baptist, Pikeville; Nathan Garth, Sojourn Church Midtown, Lousiville
LOUISIANA: Robin Purdy, First Baptist, Livingston; Criseida Gomez, Iglesia Bautista Hispana LaVina, Kenner
MARYLAND/DELAWARE/DC: Chul Yoo, Christ Community, Ashton (Md.); Jacki Anderson, Colonial Baptist, Randallstown (Md.)
MICHIGAN: Marisa Roberson, Heart and Soul Community, Detroit; Stan Parker, Faith Fellowship Baptist, Lansing
MISSISSIPPI: Shelbi Lamb, First Baptist, Greenwood; Micah Carter, First Baptist, Ripley
MISSOURI: Heather Nelson, Soma Community, Jefferson City; Michael Byrd, Faith Community Bible, St. Louis
NEVADA: Nathan Naoumi, Shadow Hills, Las Vegas; Gene Staples, Hope, Las Vegas
NEW ENGLAND: Ed Kao, Antioch Baptist, Cambridge (Mass.);Regina Robinson, Charles River, Boston (Mass.)
NEW MEXICO: Rebecca Henslee, Mayhill Baptist, Mayhill; Stephanie Castillo, Grace Hill, Farmington
NEW YORK: Ramny Perez, Fordham Community, The Bronx; Beverly Flannery, First Baptist, Orchard Park
NORTH CAROLINA: Steven Wade, Faith Baptist, Youngsville; Marci Parrott, Christ Community, Huntersville
NORTHWEST: Paige Wieser, Resonate, Pullman (Wash.); Kim Arthur, The Hallows, Seattle (Wash.)
OHIO: Hannah Surh, Chroma, Columbus; Averee Fields, Life Point, Lewis Center
OKLAHOMA: Pablo Villa, Southern Hills Baptist, Oklahoma City; Jill Thomas, New Hope Baptist, Shawnee
PENNSYLVANIA/SOUTH JERSEY: Alva Manao, Bible Church International, Philadelphia (Pa.); Robert Trice, One Hope, Absecon (N.J.)
SOUTH CAROLINA: Amber Mathis, The Church at Cherrydale, Greenville; Shana Sands, Kingdom Life, Simpsonville
TENNESSEE: Pam Earls, Third Baptist, Murfreesboro; Maria San Jose Vincente, Belle Aire Baptist, Murfreesboro
TEXAS: Meredith Cook, Neartown, Houston; Averi LaMelle, Champion Forest Baptist, Houston
UTAH/IDAHO: Jared Jenkins, Risen Life, Salt Lake City (Utah); Kaylyn Wagner, Redemption, South Ogden (Utah)
VIRGINIA: Chip Perkins, Staples Mill Road Baptist, Glen Allen; Derek Futrell, Parkway Baptist, Moseley
WEST VIRGINIA: Tim Turner, Good Shepherd Baptist, Scott Depot; Ryan Navy, River Valley, Huntington
WYOMING: Reuben Marlow, Big Horn Baptist, Buffalo; Rachel Reekers, First Southern Baptist, Powell
Greear made the announcement in accordance with SBC Bylaw 19, which calls for providing notice of appointees in advance of that year’s convention. The Committee on Committees consists of two members from each of the 34 states and regions qualified for representation on the boards of SBC entities. The primary function of the Committee on Committees is to nominate members of the Committee on Nominations. In turn, the Committee on Nominations nominates trustees and members of standing committees.
Resolutions committee replacement named
Greear also announced the addition of Adron Robinson, pastor of Hillcrest Baptist in Country Club Hills, Ill., to the 2021 Committee on Resolutions. Robinson fills a seat vacated by Angela Suh Um, who was previously announced as vice chair for the 2021 committee and is now unable to serve. Um served on the 2019 committee in Birmingham.
Robinson, who also served on the committee at the 2019 SBC Annual Meeting in Birmingham, meets a requirement set forth in SBC Bylaw 20 that the committee must include at least two members who served during the previous annual meeting. Texas pastor Jared Wellman, a 2021 committee member, also served in 2019.
Robinson is one of four SBC Executive Committee members on the Committee on Resolutions. The others are Wellman, Andrew Hunt (Ind.) and Robin Hari (Tenn.).
With Um’s departure from the committee, Nathan Finn, provost and dean of the faculty at North Greenville University in Tigerville, S.C., and member of Mountain Creek Baptist Church, will serve as vice chairman of the 2021 Committee on Resolutions.