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Executive Board Welcomes New Members

Executive Board members listen during a report.
Executive Board members listen during a report.

Henrico, Va., – The Executive Board of the Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV) gathered together for their fifth meeting of the year September 13. The group welcomed two new members, Shirley Cobb of Harrisonburg and Andy Barnes of Gate City, to the board.

Cobb, a member of Harrisonburg Baptist Church, serves as Associate Director/Clinical Director of the James Madison University Counseling Center. She is filling the term of former member Bart McNeil, set to expire in 2017. Barnes, senior pastor of First Baptist Church, Gate City, is filling the term of Pat Ellis, expiring in 2018.

Kevin Meadows, pastor of Grandin Court Baptist Church, Roanoke, opened the meeting with a devotion, reflecting on his recent preaching on the fruit of the spirit. He shared that he felt convicted as he preached the sermon series, reminding board members that “we have to abide on the true vine as we are the branches.”

After reports from sub-committees, board members voted to recommend that Richard Bidwell, Darrell Foster, and Beth Fogg be appointed to the Constitution/Bylaws Committee of the BGAV.

Treasurer David Washburn shared that receipts are running about 95% of the current budget. Board members continued work on the 2017 budget and will vote on a recommendation to the BGAV at their October meeting.

Executive Director John Upton brought his report, outlining his thoughts of a vision for the BGAV, sharing that “we need a new generation of ‘plowboys’ and ‘plowgirls.’” The board will continue to consider the proposed vision at their October meeting.

After a brief executive session, the meeting adjourned. The Executive Board will meet next on October 11 at the Virginia Baptist Resource Center.

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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