Hampton, VA –– The Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV) concluded its meeting at the Hampton Roads Convention Center with its final business session and worship service Wednesday morning.
The 2018 budget was passed after one question followed by a unanimous affirmative vote.
Resolutions of Appreciation for Fred Anderson and Ron Crawford were passed, along with a Resolution of Appreciation for the city of Hampton and for the many BGAV leaders who hosted, organized, and implemented this year’s annual meeting.
A Resolution proposed by the Religious Liberty Committee, establishing and encouraging an increase in education about religious freedom, was passed.
Rev. George Fletcher, retired pastor of several BGAV churches and current BGAV 1st Vice President, was nominated and elected to serve next year as president.
Richard Martin was elected as 1st Vice President. Additionally, messengers elected Brooke Holloway as 2nd Vice President, and Fred Anderson will serve as clerk for a 36th year. The body also approved new Mission Council members. You may click here to view their names, photos, and bios.
Kevin Meadows was approved as chair of the Executive Board. Shirley Cobb, Lora Gravatt, Tamara McBride, Bryan Taliaferro, and Kevin James were all nominated to serve on the Executive Board. You may click here to learn more about them.
After an intermission, the meeting continued with a worship time with music led by BGAV’s Uptick Artists. Leith Anderson brought the closing message, exploring what it means to be set apart as people of God—to live like Christians who glorify God—aligning God’s reputation in the world with the way God really is. “We must be the people whom God has brought out of the darkness and into his wonderful light,” he encouraged.
Following Leith, messengers and guests worshipped together as they shared in a time of communion. George Fletcher, in his first act as the new BGAV president, offered a benediction and adjourned the meeting. He prayed, “Lord, we know what you’ve called us to do, now give us courage to go and do it.”
The 195th Annual Meeting of the BGAV will be held November 12-14, 2018 at Mount Vernon Baptist Church in Glen Allen (Richmond 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, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, and West Virginia.