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Executive Board Meets, Fills Two Vacant Positions

David Washburn, BGAV Treasurer, introduces the financial report to Executive Board members.
David Washburn, BGAV Treasurer, introduces the financial report to Executive Board members.

Posted: 6/2/16 at 8:30am.

Henrico, Va. – June 2, 2016 – The Executive Board of the Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV) gathered together for their fourth meeting of the year. As the meeting began, Carl Johnson announced that he received two resignations from the board: Pat Ellis and Bart McNeil. Both, coincidentally, are moving to Georgia this summer.

Pat Ellis, reflecting on his move to be closer to family, thanked the board and said it was a privilege to be part of BGAV life during his time in Virginia. “Maybe our new church in Georgia will join the BGAV and I can come back,” he said with a smile.

Bart McNeil has accepted a position at Smoke Rise Baptist Church outside Atlanta. “I’ve learned a lot of things in BGAV life that other states would do well to consider. Thank you for allowing me to serve.”

Becky McKinney, on behalf of the board development sub-committee, brought two names to fill the unexpired terms. They are:

  • Shirley Cobb, a member of Harrisonburg Baptist Church, Harrisonburg, will fill Bart McNeil’s term, expiring in 2017.
  • Andy Barnes, pastor of First Baptist Church, Gate City, will fill Pat Ellis’ term, expiring in 2018.

Shirley Cobb is an active member of Harrisonburg Baptist Church in Harrisonburg. She has taught Sunday School for 30 plus years, served as a deacon and on various committees at the church. She is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University, having earned two master’s degrees – one in English and one in counseling. While there Cobb was active in the Baptist Student Union and served as a summer missionary through the Home Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. For the past 20 years she has been the Associate Director/Clinical Director of the counseling center of the James Madison University Counseling Center.

Andy Barnes is the senior pastor of First Baptist Church, Gate City, in southwestern Virginia, where he has served since 2010. He holds a Bachelor of Science from East Tennessee State University. Prior to coming to Virginia, Barnes has served as pastor in Tennessee and North Carolina. He also previously served on the Mission Council of the BGAV.

The two were approved. At the conclusion of their respective terms, both are eligible to serve two more terms.

2nd-Vice President Adam Tyler makes a point during discussion.
2nd-Vice President Adam Tyler makes a point during discussion.

John Upton gave his report, which included a recap of the surveys from April’s Mission Council meeting, speaking to a number of the comments and suggestions offered. He also reported that he had constructive conversations with a couple of divinity schools and seminaries around partnering with the BGAV.

Upton also brought two items for approval:

  • Nominations of Brad Hoffman and Phil Faig to the Fresh Expressions US board.
  • Dates for Executive Board and Mission Council meetings in 2017.

Both were approved.

The board met with representatives from Keiter, an audit company, who issued an unmodified opinion, or clean report, on the BGAV’s financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2015. The audit will be available in the annual, which will be published later this spring.

After reviewing the financial report, Treasurer David Washburn walked board members through a discussion of the 2017 budget, with the possibility of meeting in August to take the next steps.

Washburn also reported that the Hoover Center at Eagle Eyrie Baptist Conference Center is in the process of being put on the market for sale, with staff currently reviewing proposals from realtors.

The Executive Board has a tentative date of August 16 to meet, if needed, else the next meeting will be September 13.

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.