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Mission Council Meets with Executive Board at Eagle Eyrie

Posted: 5/25/17 at 1:20pm.

Lynchburg, Va. – The Virginia Baptist Mission Council gathered together last month at Eagle Eyrie Baptist Conference Center for its annual meeting. Chair Stu Crow opened the meeting, saying “I’m hopeful this will be a great time of sharing, getting to know your fellow Virginia Baptists, and hearing about the great things happening across the BGAV.”

In an opening devotion, 1st Vice President George Fletcher reflected on the recent Easter holiday and the new things that God is doing among us. “We enter into this time together to talk, to share, to listen, and to dream in this new day,” he told Mission Council members.

Crow then reminded Mission Council members of how they support the overall purpose of the BGAV, touching on various ways members can provide input not just at that meeting but throughout the entire year.

Treasurer David Washburn commented, “Thank you for your continued faithfulness,” as he gave an upbeat financial report, focusing on the 2016 Cooperative Missions giving and the early report for 2017.

Executive Director John Upton asked Mission Council members, “What’s the why?” of the BGAV. He introduced a draft mission statement, which members were able to wrestle with later during their dialogue session with the Executive Board. Upton lifted up highlights from across the ministries of the BGAV, including the fact that in the last 12 months the BGAV has planted 14 new churches with 40 more in the pipeline. “As you can see,” he said, “we’re pretty heavy into church planting.”

Upton highlighted the work that field strategists are doing in partnership with mission council members in each region, pioneering new events and initiatives across Virginia that are contextualized for each part of the state. He concluded by focusing on the missions work Virginia Baptists do together, specifically sharing a powerful story from the work done in partnership with Ghana Baptists through More Than Nets.

Before lunch, Mission Council members nominated a slate of 15 nominees for the Executive Board, including renominating the current five Executive Board members who are eligible for another term.

During the afternoon sessions, Mission Council members had opportunities to dialogue with BGAV staff members as well as Executive Board members. One of the topics of discussion was about the role of mission council members as advocates for the BGAV. “What reason would you give to be a part of the BGAV?” Crow asked.

Some of the answers shared were:

  • “It’s an opportunity to be involved in hands-on missions. We can do more together than we can alone.”
  • “There’s so much passion and so many roads of ministry.”
  • “Most exciting movement going.”
  • “Opportunities are already set up and can be quickly implemented [such as] Disaster Relief, pastoral assistance, etc. with little red tape.”

The meeting concluded with music and prayer.

    BGAV Continues Its Historic Support of the Separation of Church and State

    Posted: 5/4/17 at 4:00pm.

    Henrico, Va. – Virginia Baptists, acting out of our long-standing heritage of believing in and defending separation of church and state, signed a letter last month alongside our Baptist brothers and sisters from across the nation urging Congress not to weaken or eliminate protections for churches and non-profits from endorsing or opposing political candidates.

    “I’m saddened by today’s executive order,” John Upton, BGAV executive director, said. “Virginia Baptists have taken a historic stand and we continue to be committed to the separation of church and state. We are grateful for the voice of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty as they continue to speak on this issue.”

    Click here to read the full text of the letter.

    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, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, and West Virginia.

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      January – April 2017 Treasurer’s Report

      Treasurers Report IconBelow are the monthly Treasurer’s Reports:

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

      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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          Annual Church Profile (ACP) Deadline Extended

          Posted: 3/1/17 at 1:30pm.

          Richmond, VA – Lifeway has announced the extended deadline of March 29th to complete the 2016 Annual Church Profile (ACP) and BGAV Supplemental Surveys. The surveys are typically due by the end of each calendar year, but with the transfer to the new Lifeway database the ACP reporting cycle has run behind schedule this year.

          Churches should complete their surveys by logging into the database (www.sbcworkspace.com) or mailing a copy to their local association.

          Questions may be directed to Melody Fowler (melody.fowler@bgav.org), Data Entry Coordinator-Information Services Team, (800)255-2428 X1207.

          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 & Texas Baptists Announce Chaplaincy Endorsement Partnership

            Posted: 2/23/17 at 2:07pm.

            From L-R: David Hardage, BGCT executive director; Bobby Smith, BGCT director, chaplain relations; Todd Combee, BGAV chaplaincy representative; Steve Vernon, associate executive director, BGCT. (Photo courtesy of Texas Baptists)

            Richmond, VA – The Executive Board of the Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV) and the Executive Board of the Baptist General Convention of Texas (BGCT) have approved a partnership for chaplaincy endorsement and training.

            Rev. Todd Combee, senior pastor at New Bethesda Baptist Church in Mechanicsville as well as a retired military chaplain, will serve as the BGAV representative.

            Rev. Combee shared with BGCT executive board members, “[We] are very excited about this partnership, allowing us to minister to chaplains in our area, as well as Virginia Baptist chaplains who will be a part of this process.”

            In addition to other requirements, chaplains must have an ecclesiastical endorsement from a faith-based group. Through this new partnership, the BGAV will be able to endorse chaplains as Virginia Baptists. The partnership also will also allow the required continuing education opportunities to be hosted in Virginia.

            “This partnership fulfills a dream Virginia Baptists have had for many years,” John Upton, BGAV executive director, said. “Virginia is home to many chaplains. There are military, hospital, corporate, university, and many other chaplains that are in need of endorsement to do their work. This partnership provides a direct way to support ministries that touch people at critical moments in their lives. I am very grateful to Todd Combee for being our Virginia Baptist endorser and to New Bethesda Baptist Church for encouraging him to lead this ministry. Our good friends at the BGCT have been very gracious in inviting the BGAV to join them in an exceptionally well done ministry to chaplains. Over 900 chaplains are currently endorsed in this ministry. Already there are many who have expressed interest in receiving this endorsement. As a Virginia Baptist family we have much to celebrate!”

            More specific information about BGAV chaplaincy endorsement and training will be communicated in the coming weeks.

            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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              December 2016 Treasurer’s Report

              Treasurers Report IconDownload the Treasurer’s Report for December 2016.

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

              Download the Treasurer’s Report (PDF)

              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

                    Treasurers Report IconDownload the Treasurer’s Report for November 2016.

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

                    Download the Treasurer’s Report (PDF)

                    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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