SBC DIGEST: Ga. executive director search underway; NC’s C.J. Bordeaux dies; Mohler to address NRB luncheon

by Christian Index, Biblical Recorder & BP Staff, posted Friday, April 27, 2018 (6 months ago)

In today’s SBC Digest: Georgia Baptist executive director search underway; North Carolina’s C.J. Bordeaux dies; R. Albert Mohler Jr. to address NRB luncheon on the National Day of Prayer.

Ga. executive director search underway

DULUTH, Ga. (BP) -- The search committee for the Georgia Baptist Mission Board’s next executive director/CEO is receiving recommendations and has scheduled three listening sessions.

The 12-member committee, which met April 12, is seeking a successor for J. Robert White, 71, who will retire on Dec. 31 of this year at the 26-year mark of his service to the state convention.

The committee is accepting letters of recommendation and an accompanying resume through May 31, either emailed to ceosearch@gabaptist.org or mailed to Joyce Johnson, Executive Director Search Committee, 6405 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth, Ga. 30097.

The 1-3 p.m. listening sessions are scheduled for

-- May 4, Ingleside Baptist Church in Macon.

-- May 11, Northside Baptist Church in Valdosta.

-- May 25, Georgia Baptist Mission Board chapel in Duluth.

“The committee is in the listening stage of the process which includes listening to God, GBC leadership, SBC leadership and all Georgia Baptists,” chairman Bob Jolly, pastor of First Baptist Church in Cumming, said.

Other members of the committee are Levi Skipper, pastor of Concord Baptist Church in Clemont; Greg Bentley, director of missions for the Altamaha/New Sunbury Association and first vice president of the Georgia Baptist Convention; Grady Caldwell, pastor of New Mercy Baptist Church, Griffin; Darey Kittle, pastor of Salem Baptist Church, Dalton; Lee Lacey, pastor of First Baptist Church, Sandersville; Fred Lodge, pastor of First Baptist Church, Blairsville; Matt Peek, pastor of First Baptist Church, Pelham; Lisa Thompson, Georgia Woman’s Missionary Union president and member of Dahlonega Baptist Church; and Al Wright, pastor of First Baptist Church, Waynesboro. Ex officio members are Georgia Baptist Convention President Mike Stone, pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Blackshear, and Andy Childs, chairman of the Georgia Baptist Mission Board executive committee and pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Toccoa.

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Former NCBSC president C.J. Bordeaux dies

ROCKINGHAM, N.C. (BP) -- C.J. Bordeaux Sr., a former president of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina and former member of the SBC Executive Committee, died April 25 at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst from complications related to an infection.

Bordeaux, 64, was serving as director of missions for the Pee Dee Baptist Association in Rockingham at the time of his death.

Before being elected as BSC president in 2013, Bordeaux had served two terms as the convention’s first vice president, two terms as second vice president; president of the state’s Pastors’ Conference; and eight years on the Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee, including two years as secretary.

Prior to leading the Pee Dee Baptist Association, Bordeaux had served North Carolina churches in Elizabethtown, Bear Creek, Maysville, Lumberton, Monroe, Fayetteville and Durham. A native of Whiteville and son of a longtime pastor, he preached his first sermon at age 12.

Milton A. Hollifield Jr., executive director-treasurer of the North Carolina convention, said Bordeaux was “a preacher of God's inerrant Word who loved his Savior, his family and his country. He understood and appreciated the value of partnerships between churches, associations, state conventions and the Southern Baptist Convention in fulfilling the Great Commission.”

Lester Evans, BSC team leader for associational partnerships, said Bordeaux “demonstrated a deep love” for churches and pastors. “That love for pastors began to motivate and drive him toward service as an associational missionary,” Evans said. “Later, he was so excited about being called to the Pee Dee Association in that role.”

The funeral will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 29, at Antioch Baptist Church in Lumberton.

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Mohler to address NRB First Amendment luncheon May 3

WASHINGTON (BP) -- R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, will be the keynote speaker at the National Religious Broadcasters’ fifth annual First Amendment luncheon on Thursday, May 3, in conjunction with the National Day of Prayer.

Ronnie Floyd, president of the National Day of Prayer Task Force and pastor of Cross Church in northwest Arkansas, also will address the luncheon at the Capitol Hill Club in Washington.

Previous keynote speakers have included Charles F. Stanley, Sens. Ted Cruz and Rand Paul, James Dobson and Robert George. The luncheon also has featured former National Day of Prayer leaders Jack Graham, Shirley Dobson, Tony Evans, Anne Graham Lotz and the late Vonette Bright.

The theme for the 2018 National Day of Prayer is “Pray for America -- Unity,” based upon Ephesians 4:3, challenging believers to mobilize unified public prayer for America in “making every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”

Compiled by Baptist Press senior editor Art Toalston, with reporting by The Christian Index of Georgia and the Biblical Recorder of North Carolina.
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