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  • Calif. Baptists elect Bill Agee executive director

    by Terry Barone, posted Thursday, May 11, 2017 (one year ago)

    FRESNO, Calif. (BP) -- Bill Agee has been elected as executive director of the California Southern Baptist Convention Executive Board.

    The 64-year-old minister of church planting and revitalization at First Baptist Church in Woodstock, Ga., was elected to the position today (May 11) by the board. His election culminated a yearlong search replacing Fermín A. Whittaker, who retired Feb. 28 after serving 22 years. Agee will begin his new duties June 1. Read More

  • 'Call to Prayer' begins 2017 for Southern Baptists

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, December 09, 2016 (one year ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The month-long prayer focus "In All Things Pray" will kick off the new year across the Southern Baptist Convention.

    Acts 1:8 and 2 Chronicles 7:14 steer the focus of the prayer emphasis to individual families, communities, churches, the United States and the World, according to the webpage InAllThingsPray.net, established as a prayer resource and guide on the Southern Baptist Convention website. Read More

  • Arizona Baptists focus on CP, Centennial Vision

    by Elizabeth Young, posted Tuesday, December 06, 2016 (one year ago)

    Photo by N. John Keller
    SURPRISE, Ariz. (BP) -- During their 88th annual meeting, Arizona Southern Baptists celebrated what God is doing in their state, heard how the Cooperative Program undergirds that work and adopted a 2017 budget sending more to Southern Baptist Convention causes.

    "For God So Loved ... Arizona" was the theme of the meeting held at Palm Vista Baptist Church in Surprise, Nov. 18. It was attended by 266 messengers and 25 registered guests from 119 of Arizona Southern Baptists' 468 churches. Read More

  • Wyoming Baptists 'Trusting the Lord'

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Friday, November 11, 2016 (one year ago)

    RIVERTON, Wyo. (BP) -- The 33rd annual meeting of the Wyoming Southern Baptist Convention was a time of celebration and shared commitment to the continuation of God's work in Wyoming and around the world, Executive Director Lynn Nikkel told Baptist Press.

    With "Trusting the Lord" as its theme, based on Proverbs 3:5, the Nov. 3-4 event at United Baptist Church in Riverton brought together 114 registered messengers from 40 Wyoming churches, out of the state convention's 106 churches and church-type missions. More than 180 people attended the Thursday evening session. Read More

  • Mont. Southern Baptists 'Refresh' at annual meeting

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, November 08, 2016 (one year ago)

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    MISSOULA, Mont. (BP) -- Montana Southern Baptist Convention (MTSBC) President Darren Hales described the group's 2016 annual meeting as having the "feel of a missions conference and the impact of a revival service."

    Southern Baptist Convention President Steve Gaines spoke during the meeting and "stoked the fire for spiritual renewal through prayer," Hales said. And Don Pierson, pastor of Stewart's Chapel Baptist Church in Flintville, Tenn., led the group in focused prayer at the meeting's prayer summit. Read More

  • Calif. Baptists celebrate Whittaker's 22-year tenure

    by Terry Barone and Holly Smith, posted Friday, October 28, 2016 (one year ago)

    WEST SACRAMENTO (BP) -- Messengers to the 2016 California Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting celebrated the 22-year tenure of the CSBC executive director, elected a new slate of officers and approved a 2017 budget during their 76th session that celebrated "Generations Reaching Generations."

    Held at Russian Baptist Church in West Sacramento Oct. 25-26, the gathering featured a number of CSBC and Southern Baptist Convention entities recognizing Fermín A. Whittaker for his service. This was his last annual meeting as the state convention's leader; in May he set his retirement effective Feb. 28. Read More

  • Barrett Duke begins in Jan. as new Mont. exec.

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, October 26, 2016 (one year ago)

    BILLINGS, Mont. (BP) -- Barrett Duke will begin in January 2017 as the new executive director of the Montana Southern Baptist Convention (MTSBC) after his near unanimous election to the post.

    "We are very excited about the opportunity the Lord has opened up for us in Montana. The convention confirmed for us what we believed God's call to be with a very strong vote. ... Read More

  • One-day meeting expands Utah-Idaho attendance

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Tuesday, October 25, 2016 (one year ago)

    WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (BP) -- The Utah/Idaho Southern Baptist Convention conducted business, worshipped and heard messages over a day's time in what would have taken two days in previous years. Read More

  • ERLC's Duke top candidate for Montana exec

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, August 24, 2016 (one year ago)

    BILLINGS, Mont. (BP) -- Religious liberty advocate Barrett Duke has emerged as the top candidate for executive directorship of the Montana Southern Baptist Convention.

    Bruce Speer, heading the MTSBC eight-member search team for the post, said Duke will receive the team's unanimous recommendation for the executive directorship at the group's annual meeting this fall. Read More

  • Calif. leader Fermín Whittaker to retire

    by Terry Barone, posted Friday, May 13, 2016 (2 years ago)

    FRESNO, Calif. (BP) -- Fermín A. Whittaker, executive director of California Southern Baptist Convention since 1995, announced May 13 he will retire next February upon completing 22 years of service.

    In his announcement to the CSBC Executive Board during its regular spring meeting, Whittaker said that since his early call to ministry "I have known the blessings of being a servant of God. I find it amazing that God could take a stuttering kid like me [to be] a pastor of His church." Read More