Page to be nominated for 2nd term

BRUNSWICK, Maine (BP)--Frank Page will be nominated for the customary second term as president of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Dale Morell, pastor of Maine Street Baptist Church in Brunswick, Maine, announced June 1 he will nominate Page during the SBC's June 12-13 annual meeting in San Antonio.

Page, pastor of First Baptist Church in Taylors, S.C., was elected to a one-year term as SBC president during last year's convention in Greensboro, N.C., his hometown.

"We've seen the passion he has about sharing the Gospel," Morell said in his news release, "and we've observed how he cares and responds to people on a personal level."

Morell also noted, "In the past, nominators have been from well-known churches in more established states in the South. However, for me to be able to nominate Dr. Frank Page is a true honor. My nomination of him should show his concern for small- and medium-size churches and particularly for small- and medium-size churches in pioneer areas.

"As I will say in my nomination speech, Dr. Page has had an ongoing relationship with the Baptist churches in Maine in which he has personally taken a role of encouraging our churches and pastors," Morell said. "He is a man who examples for us a leader who truly cares about all people, not just large churches, not just southerners, but all of God's people."

Page has been pastor of First Baptist Church in Taylors, S.C., the past six and a half years. He previously served as pastor of Warren Baptist Church in Augusta, Ga.; Gambrell Street Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas; and LaFayette Baptist Church in Fayetteville, N.C. He also has served on the executive boards of the South Carolina, Georgia and North Carolina state Baptist conventions.

Page earned a doctor of philosophy degree in Christian ethics and a master of divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth. He is the author of "Trouble with the Tulip: A Closer Examination of the Five Points of Calvinism," released in 2000 by Riverstone Group Publishing.

He and his wife Dayle have three grown daughters.

Information for First Baptist Church in Taylors from Southern Baptists' Annual Church Profile survey for the most recent year, 2006, lists 104 baptisms and primary worship service attendance of 2,184. The church gave $629,505, or 12.5 percent, through the Cooperative Program from total undesignated receipts of $5,028,496. According to the ACP, the church's total mission expenditures were $1,652,845, including $252,685 for the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions and $44,182 for the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North American Missions.

In addition to Page, three other individuals have been named as nominees for SBC office. James W. Richards, executive director of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention, has been announced as a nominee for first vice president. Two others are second vice president nominees: evangelist Bill Britt, a member of College Heights Baptist Church in Gallatin, Tenn., and a former president of the Conference of Southern Baptist Evangelists, and Eric C. Redmond, pastor of Hillcrest Baptist Church in Temple Hills, Md., and a trustee at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.


Compiled by Art Toalston.

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