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December 2016 Treasurer’s Report

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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, Maryland, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, and West Virginia.

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    2017-2018 BGAV College Scholarships & Ministerial Educational Funds Applications Now Available

    Posted: 1/16/17 at 12:15pm.

    Scholarship ProgramThrough Cooperative Missions offerings, the Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV) provides scholarships and ministerial education funds for eligible Virginia Baptist students who need aid in financing their education.

    BGAV College Scholarships and Ministerial Education Funds can help students earn an undergraduate degree, pursue undergraduate or graduate education in preparation for vocational ministry, or access training and continuing education opportunities.

    Visit BGAV.org/Scholarships to learn more.

      BGAV President Stu Crow Appoints Standing Committee Chairpersons

      BGAV President Stu Crow has made the following appointments for 2017:

      Appointed BGAV Standing Committee Chairs

      • Committee on Boards and Committees – Nancy Moore (Walnut Hills Baptist Church) Chair
      • Committee on Scholarships & Ministerial Education Funds – Caroline Davidson (Lyndale Baptist Church) Chair
      • Committee on Program – Rupert Rose (Monument Heights Baptist Church) Chair
      • Committee on Christian Life – Wayne Collis (Gordonsville Baptist Church) Chair
      • Committee on Memorial – Joey McNeill (Fort Trial Baptist Church) Chair
      • Committee on Religious Liberty – Ellis West (River Road Church, Baptists) Chair
      • Committee on Resolutions – Shelton Miles (First Baptist Church of Republican Grove) Chair
      • Committee on Credentials – Carrie Kerwick (Effort Baptist Church), Chair
      • Tellers Committee – Brian Kramer (Mathews Baptist Church), Chair

      Special Committee

      • Committee on Administer the Minister’s Unemployment Fund
        • Jeff Bloomer (Cool Spring Baptist Church) Chair
        • Marvin Gregory (Huguenot Road Baptist Church) appointed to serve a five year term, term to expire 2021

      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, Maryland, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, and West Virginia.

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        November 2016 Treasurer’s Report

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        For more information, please contact David Washburn, BGAV Treasurer.

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        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, Maryland, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, and West Virginia.

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          BGAV Concludes 2016 Annual Meeting

          Posted: 11/16/16 at 2:00pm.

          Messengers raise their ballots to vote during the Wednesday morning business session.

          Messengers raise their ballots to vote during the Wednesday morning business session.

          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.

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            BGAV Approves 2017 Budget

            Posted: 11/16/16 at 9:15am.

            1st-Vice President Stuart Crow opens the Wednesday morning business session.

            1st-Vice President Stuart Crow opens the Wednesday morning business session.

            Roanoke, VA – During the Wednesday business session of the 193rd annual meeting, members of the Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV) voted to approve the 2017 budget of $10 million.

            The 2017 budget reflects a $500,000 reduction compared to 2016. A number of attendees attended Tuesday’s Executive Board breakout session and offered questions and comments about the proposed budget.

            You may click here to view the 2017 budget.

            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.

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              Tuesday Recap of the 2016 BGAV Annual Meeting

              Posted: 11/15/16 at 10:25pm.

              The Bonsack CLC Praise Band led worship Tuesday evening.

              The Bonsack CLC Praise Band led worship Tuesday evening.

              Roanoke, VA – The first business session of the 193rd Annual Meeting of the Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV) opened at 8:45 am with 1st-Vice President Stuart Crow presiding.

              Attending to her mother in a time of illness, President Nancy Stanton McDaniel asked Crow to read a note in her absence, saying “a piece of my heart is broken, but I will be with you in spirit.”

              Fred Anderson, clerk, mused on the history of Baptists in the Roanoke Valley, remembering Bonsack Baptist Church when it was a “depot church” with a “pot-bellied stove.” He shared that this is the 27th time in the 193 years of the BGAV that Virginia Baptists have met in the Valley. “You are in good Baptist territory,” he told the gathered messengers and guests.

              During the business session, several individuals were honored with resolutions of appreciation. Plaques were presented for Dick Bidwell, Daniel Carro, Charles Chandler, Tom Ingram, and Brent Walker. (Click here to read more.)

              Additionally, Daphne Almarode and Jennifer Mullins received certificates of appreciation for their years of service as collegiate ministers at James Madison University and Radford University, respectively.

              Reports from the Virginia Baptist Executive Board were offered, including proposed amendments to the Constitution/Bylaws and the proposed 2017 budget, which were later discussed during the afternoon breakout times.

              The BGAV also welcomed two new covenant partners, Campbell University Divinity School and Northern Seminary. Upton introduced Campbell University Divinity School, sharing that a number of their graduates already fill BGAV pulpits as well as provide leadership within the BGAV staff. (Click here to read more.)

              Attendees enjoyed the beautiful weather and tasty lunch from Virginia Baptist Disaster Response.

              Attendees enjoyed the beautiful weather and tasty lunch from Virginia Baptist Disaster Response.

              During the worship that followed, Bonsack’s senior pastor, Chris Cadenhead, preached from 1 Corinthians 1 following rousing music from the Brass 5.

              After worship, several lunch options were available for attendees, including a meal offered by Virginia Baptist Disaster Response in the courtyard of the church. WDBJ-7 even sent a news crew and produced a story about the disaster response volunteers.

              At 2:00 pm, messengers and guests gathered in the multipurpose room for instructions before breaking into regional meetings to nominate people to serve on the Virginia Baptist Mission Council and share stories from their respective regions.

              Following those meetings, 11 breakout sessions were offered throughout the church. A popular session was led by Gabe Lyons. This was attendees’ first opportunity to interact with and hear from the meeting’s main speaker.

              During the evening, Bonsack’s praise band led worship. Gabe Lyons came up to speak, asking “What does it look like for Jesus to show up in our churches this year, the next year, and the next generation?” After his talk, he opened to the floor to questions, engaging messengers on the topic of engaging present-day culture.

              The day ended with a dessert fellowship sponsored by Entrust Financial Credit Union, hosted in the BGAV Ministry Fair.

              The annual meeting continues Wednesday morning at 8:45 am with the second business session.

              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.

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                BGAV Welcomes Northern Seminary & Campbell Divinity School as New Partners

                Posted: 11/15/16 at 10:20pm.

                Roanoke, VA – For the third year in a row, the Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV) welcomed educational institutions as new partners at its annual meeting. Campbell University Divinity School in Buies Creek, NC, and Northern Seminary in Chicago, IL, were voted in as new partners.

                “I am excited about the benefits we are already seeing with our current partnerships and these new partnerships,” John Upton, executive director said.

                Each covenant specifies the values of the school and of the BGAV with ways that they will work together. Campbell University Divinity School and the BGAV will work together to promote the shared vision of “Kingdom Advance” through the development of leaders, support of churches, and ministry to the world. (Click here to read the full covenant)

                Dr. Andrew Wakefield, dean of the school, signed the covenant, saying “Our heart and passion is the church. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to partner with you.”

                Upton introduced Northern Seminary, recognizing that Dr. Chris Cadenhead, senior pastor of the meeting’s host church, received a degree from there. Northern already has a BGAV connection, having worked with the V3 Church Planting Movement. This covenant will strengthen that relationship, centering around the priorities of Developing, Planting, and Sending. (Click here to read the full covenant)

                Dr. William D. Shiell, president of the seminary, signed the covenant, saying that “on behalf of trustees and faculty, thank you so much to Virginia Baptists for this covenant partnership. You’ve taught us so much about what it means to work alongside the church.”

                John Upton, BGAV Executive Director, reflected on these new covenant partnerships, explaining that “we are in covenant to be good partners with each other. In this day and time, isn’t it good to have good partners?”

                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.

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                  BGAV Recognizes Several with Resolutions of Appreciation

                  Posted: 11/15/16 at 10:15pm.

                  Roanoke, VA – During Tuesday’s business session at the 193rd Annual Meeting of the Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV), Virginia Baptists recognized and honored five men. Through resolutions of appreciation, each was individually recognized before the gathered body of messengers.

                  Charles Chandler, founder and executive director of Ministering to Ministers (MTM), will retire December 31, 2016. This unique ministry advocates for ministers and their families who are experiencing personal or professional crises from forced termination. MTM’s flagship resource, their five-day wellness retreats, has given support to 1,300 ministers and spouses from 40 religious communions across the United States, Canada, and the Bahamas. This ministry has guided many Virginia church leaders in times of transition. More than 10,000 ministers and spouses have benefitted from other growth resources provided by MTM.

                  Daniel Carro retired from the BGAV as Kingdom Advance Ambassador at the end of 2015. Daniel, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and a citizen of the United States since 2012, has served as a living Christian bridge across cultures and throughout the Baptist family. As a pastor, he began his ministry in four churches in Argentina and then served as pastor of the Hispanic congregation at Columbia Baptist Church in Falls Church (2000–2004). As a seminary leader, Daniel served his alma mater, Seminaro International Teological Bautista in Buenos Aires, as director of public relations (1981–1991) and director of post-graduate studies (1995–2000) before joining the faculty of the John Leland Center for Theological Studies in Arlington as Professor of Divinity (2000 to the present). As a denominational leader, Daniel simultaneously led the Union of Baptists in Latin America as executive secretary (1995–2001) and the Baptist World Alliance’s regional secretary for Latin America (1995– 2001), along with his leadership in Virginia’s Latino ministries. From 2010–2015 Daniel served as First Vice-President of the Baptist World Alliance. He currently serves as a board member for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and Baptist Center for Ethics.

                  For more than a quarter-century, Richard “Dick” Bidwell offered selfless and skilled volunteer service as parliamentarian and in other roles in the Baptist General Association of Virginia. An active and faithful member of Bon Air Baptist Church in Richmond for a half century, Dick served there in a myriad of roles, including moderator, parliamentarian, and facilities manager. Additionally, he provided top-level leadership in Richmond Baptist Association, including as parliamentarian. Dick led an array of roles on the elected Board (1996-2002, 2003-2009). He chaired the Budget Committee (1976–1977) and served on multiple Constitution and Bylaws Committees. In his parliamentary duties, Dick has ruled on difficult issues with calm fairness, creating confidence in the decision-making process. He also served a term as a trustee for the Baptist Extension Board. Importantly, Dick generously donated his expertise as he drafted and reviewed major contracts and agreements for the Executive Office across many years.

                  Tom Ingram, BGAV Field Strategist, Capital Region and Worship and Church Music Specialist, announced his retirement effective December 31, 2016. Tom, born in Atlanta and educated in music at Wake Forest University, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies, has shaped the music and worship practices of the Virginia Baptist family. He has served extensively across the Commonwealth as leader of revival music, as clinician and judge for music festivals in Virginia and beyond, and as an adjunctive instructor in church music at Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond (2006–2007). After moving to Virginia following seminary, Tom led Bon Air Baptist Church, Richmond, as minister of music and youth (1974–1977), Averett College as assistant professor of Christian studies, music, and religion (1977–1983), Lee Street-College Park Baptist Church in Danville as part-time minister of music (1978–1983), Hatcher Memorial Baptist Church in Richmond as minister of music and administration (1983–1994), and music ministries on the staff of the Baptist General Association of Virginia (1994–2016).

                  Brent Walker has announced his plan to retire as the executive director of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty in Washington, D.C. at the end of 2016. Brent, both an ordained Baptist minister and a member of the U.S. Supreme Court Bar, leads our nation’s anchor organization upholding the historic Baptist principle of religious liberty. With the separation of church and state a hard-won heart issue in Virginia Baptist history, the Baptist Joint Committee has championed religious liberty for 80 years and on behalf of fifteen groups across today’s Baptist family, including the Baptist General Association of Virginia. The Baptist Joint Committee has faithfully defended our free exercise of religion and protected against the establishment of religion by the government. Brent has provided leadership for the Baptist Joint Committee as associate general counsel (1989- 1993), general counsel (1993-1999), and executive director since 1999. With clarity and impact, he has spoken and written on key church-state issues in churches, religious gatherings, and the public media.

                  Additionally, certificates of appreciation were presented to Daphne Almarode and Jennifer Mullins for their service as collegiate ministers at James Madison University and Radford University, respectively.

                  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.

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                    BGAV Annual Meeting Kicks Off With Breakout Sessions and Meaningful Worship

                    BGAV Executive Director John Upton introduces the meeting's theme of "The New Way".

                    BGAV Executive Director John Upton introduces the meeting’s theme of “The New Way”.

                    Posted: 11/14/16 at 10:22pm.

                    Roanoke, VA – The 193rd Annual Meeting of the Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV) began Monday afternoon with several breakout sessions and a powerful worship service.

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                    The adult choir, accompanied by handbells and an orchestra, presented “A Shepherd’s Heart – The Ministry of a Believer” to a crowd of over 500.

                    Led by Rev. Barry Green, the adult choir of Bonsack Baptist Church presented “A Shepherd’s Heart – The Ministry of a Believer,” a musical presentation featuring singing, an orchestra, handbells, and readings Monday evening.

                    Chris Cadenhead, senior pastor of Bonsack Baptist Church, opened the worship service in place of President Nancy Stanton McDaniel, who is unable to attend the meeting due to family concerns.

                    “It is a privilege to host our Baptist brothers and sisters in our home,” Cadenhead said.

                    The Monday evening congregation was treated to music through several instruments.

                    The Monday evening congregation was treated to music through several instruments.

                    After the musical presentation, Upton offered an interpretation on the meeting’s theme, “The New Way.” He reminded Virginia Baptists of the heritage from which we come, musing that “the BGAV is comprised of churches that are weeks old and churches that were formed when Virginia was ruled by a monarchy.”

                    “Remember the courage of those before us, they led with faith, fortitude, and sacrifice,” he charged the congregation. “We must remember who we are and whose we are; this is the first step of the new way!”

                    Bill Wilson led the Virginia Baptist Pastors' Conference.

                    Bill Wilson led the Virginia Baptist Pastors’ Conference.

                    Earlier in the day, attendees had an opportunity to attend one of several breakout sessions, including sessions about preaching, disaster response, refugee ministry, church websites, and women in ministry.

                    Nearly 100 pastors came to the Virginia Baptist Pastors’ Conference for an interactive workshop focused on church health led by Bill Wilson. Other groups met as well, including the Korean Fellowship, African American Fellowship, and more.

                    The meeting continues Tuesday morning at 8:45 am with the first business session.

                    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.

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                      October 2016 Treasurer’s Report

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                      For more information, please contact David Washburn, BGAV Treasurer.

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                      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, Maryland, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, and West Virginia.

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                        Reports & Recommendations for the 2016 BGAV Annual Meeting

                          Kairos Collegiate Ministry Staff Changes

                          Posted: 10/18/16 at 4:00pm. Updated 10/20/16.

                          Henrico, Va. — This past week John Upton shared with the Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV) staff and the Executive Board a number of personnel changes on several college campuses this fall.

                          Blake Tommey, Baptist Collegiate Minister at the University of Virginia, feeling called to other contexts of ministries, has announced his intention to step away from campus ministry at the end of the year.

                          Carey Sims, Baptist Collegiate Minister at the University of Mary Washington, has stepped into a part-time role as her husband, Gannon, has assumed a full-time position with Fresh Expressions US.

                          Due to BGAV budget limitations, Daphne Almarode, Baptist Collegiate Minister at James Madison University, Bridgewater College, and Mary Baldwin College, will end her service at the end of year.

                          “The BGAV will experience several personnel changes in several areas of staff in 2017,” John Upton, executive director, said. “The changes are a result of retirement, change in calling, employment transitions, and reduction in budgets. The BGAV has a highly gifted staff and any change in personnel is felt both personally and professionally. While we experience these changes the BGAV staff will continue to provide a wide scope of ministries performed with high quality operating within budget.”

                          “While this is presently a challenging season of staff transition in response to current financial circumstances, the BGAV remains committed to continuing ministry on these campuses and supporting our broad network of campus based ministries as we implement new models,” Welford Orrock, Kairos Initiative/Young Adult Coordinator, said. “Our goal is to reach a place of health and sustainability in our collegiate ministries in order to grow and expand our presence where we are currently serving and to plant new ministries where we do not yet have a BGAV Kairos collegiate ministry.”

                          This article has been updated with clarifying language.

                          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, Maryland, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, and West Virginia.

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                              September 2016 Treasurer’s Report

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                              For more information, please contact David Washburn, BGAV Treasurer.

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                              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, Maryland, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, and West Virginia.

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