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