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Brewton-Parker College well represented at Southern Baptist Convention
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Executive staff members of Brewton-Parker College took part in activities
at the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention.
“Whenever Baptists get together and lift up praises to the Lord, it
is a good place to be,” said Dr. David Smith, President of Brewton-Parker. “It
is also a good place for BPC to be associated. I am impressed with the support
and encouragement that we receive from those who support Christian higher education
at such events."
Those attending the convention at Greensboro, N.C., with Dr. Smith were Dr.
Charles Strickland, executive assistant to the President for Church Relations,
and Brad Kissell, executive dean for Enrollment Services.
Both Dr. Smith and Dr. Strickland are pleased with the strong and spiritually
committed leadership within the SBC and are pleased with the overall health
of the convention.
Dr. Strickland believes the 2006 meeting
will be remembered as one in which significant measures were adopted that
will further strengthen the convention’s
“With the reaffirmation of its commitment to the Cooperative Program
(the Southern Baptist vehicle for supporting missions) as well as the election
of a new President with strong ties to Georgia, the 2006 meeting of the Southern
Baptist Convention proved to be a historic occasion,” said Dr. Strickland.
The election of Frank Page as SBC president
was considered by some to be a surprise of the convention. The pastor of
First Baptist Church in Taylors,
South Carolina and former pastor of Warren Baptist Church in Augusta was elected
president on the first ballot. Page defeated two other nominees – Arkansas
pastor Ronnie Floyd and Jerry Sutton, pastor of Two Rivers Baptist Church in
In other convention matters, SBC messengers
voted to adopt a report from an Ad Hoc Cooperative Program Committee that
further strengthens the Convention’s
commitment to worldwide missions. In the report, the committee encouraged churches “to
give an increasing percentage of undesignated receipts through the Cooperative
With regards to the immigration debate,
SBC messengers passed a resolution supporting the enforcement of the United
States’ immigration laws while
at the same time showing “compassionate outreach to all immigrants…through
sharing of the Gospel; implementing need-meeting ministries; starting English
classes on a ‘massive scale’; and encouraging the achievement of
citizenship or legal status.”
BPC hosted a dessert reception June 13 at
the Sheraton Greensboro Hotel at Four Seasons for approximately sixty-five
SBC messengers. Those from Georgia
who attended the reception were Dr. Wayne Hamrick, president of the Georgia
Baptist Convention, along with former GBC presidents Dr. Frank Cox and Dr.
Wayne Robertson. Mr. Gerald Harris, editor of the Christian Index, also attended
Next year’s annual meeting of the
Southern Baptist Convention will be held in San Antonio, Texas.
The Baptist Press and the Christian Index contributed to this article.