Posted: 11/16/16 at 2:00pm.
Roanoke, VA – The Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV) concluded its meeting at Bonsack Baptist Church with its final business session and worship service Wednesday morning.
The 2017 budget was passed with a few dissensions and no discussion.
Later in the meeting, messengers elected new officers for 2016. Stuart Crow, a member of First Baptist Church, Waynesboro, was nominated and elected to serve next year as president.
George Fletcher, retired pastor of First Baptist Church, Winchester, was elected as 1st Vice President. Additionally, messengers elected Michael Cheuk as 2nd Vice President and Fred Anderson will serve as clerk for a 35th year.
The body also approved new Mission Council members. You may click here to view their names, photos, and bios.
Carl Johnson was approved as chair of the Executive Board. Becky McKinney, Kevin Meadows, Herbert Ponder, Adam Tyler, and Michael Jordan were all nominated to serve on the Executive Board. You may click here to learn more about them.
In additional business, the Religious Liberty Committee brought forward an amended resolution calling on Virginia Baptists to “speak out against anti-Muslim rhetoric and bigotry, learn about Islam, get to know their Muslim neighbors, meet and talk with them about their respective faiths and common concerns, such as religious liberty, and above all else show them the love of Jesus…” The resolution passed with a 78% majority, clearing the 75% threshold for resolutions to be approved.
Additionally, messengers approved a resolution expressing appreciation for Bonsack Baptist Church and all of those who helped plan and facilitate the meeting.
The proposed amendments to the Constitution/Bylaws passed without discussion.
After intermission, messengers and guests worshipped together. Three ministers from Bonsack, Chris Cadenhead, Barry Green, and Danny Quirin, presented their “Lucky” skit and had everyone laughing. Family and Friends, a bluegrass ensemble group, led the music. Gabe Lyons then came to the stage to talk about what it means to be a prophetic minority in culture.
Following Gabe’s talk, John Upton began a time of communion, saying “We will leave this place one family, but we will go to many different places of worship. It is important to remember who we are….God and his love will have the last word so that we can go in confidence.”
The 194th Annual Meeting of the BGAV will be held November 13-15, 2017 in the Hampton Roads area.
The Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV) is a cooperative missions and ministry organization that consists of over 1,400 autonomous churches in the Commonwealth of Virginia, as well as churches from Seoul, South Korea, Toronto, Ontario, the District of Columbia, and the states of California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, and West Virginia.