September 2013

Board hears update on strategy, approves 2014 budget

September 30 2013 by Melissa Lilley, BSC Communications

The Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC) Board of Directors met Sept. 24-25 at Caraway Conference Center. They heard a progress report on the new BSC strategy and staff structure that will take effect in January, and also approved the proposed $30 million budget for 2014.
“Much has been accomplished over the last four months since we last met,” said Milton A. Hollifield Jr., the BSC’s executive director-treasurer. “Some of our churches developed strategies for impacting lostness through disciple-making long before the Board approved this strategy. Convention staff has been seeking out these congregations and meeting with church and associational leaders to learn not only what they are doing, but how they are doing it.”

During this regularly scheduled meeting, Hollifield shared with the Board of Directors that through the new strategy the convention will focus on assisting churches as they impact lostness through disciple-making.

BR photo by Shawn Hendricks
Kelly Robbins, left gets a congratulations from Milton A. Hollifield Jr., Baptist State Convention of North Carolina executive director-treasurer, after it was announced Robbins is the first recipient of the Fruitland Baptist Bible Institute Scholars Program, a cooperative effort involving the BSC and its five affiliated educational institutions. Robbins received a scholarship to continue her education at Gardner-Webb University where she is studying Christian counseling.

“Numerous other Baptist entities, conventions, associations and churches are focused on impacting lostness, but few are looking at this effort through the lens of disciple-making,” he said. “It is important that we think of disciple-making as the overarching understanding of evangelism plus discipleship.”

Hollifield shared several examples of how North Carolina Baptists across the state are already seeking to implement strategies to help develop a disciple-making culture in their churches.
Chris Hawks, pastor of Second Baptist Church in Hamlet and a member of the Board of Directors, has helped leaders in his congregation learn how to disciple others. As leaders learned what it means to be discipled they began discipling others, and more than 40 people have made a profession of faith since January.

Hollifield is praying that more churches across the state will begin to see disciple-making as an “a process.”
“Disciple-making happens when individuals invest their life in another person with regularity and teach them through scripture how to be a follower of Jesus,” he said.
Since the Board last met, Hollifield and staff have also been working with churches and associations to explore and develop campus ministry models in order that churches are better equipped to work with Baptist Campus Ministry students on different college campuses.

Hollifield and convention staff have also met with nearly all the directors of missions and associational missionaries in proximity of the eight population centers – Asheville, Hickory, Charlotte, Triad, Fayetteville, Triangle, Wilmington and Greenville – and are beginning to meet with leaders outside these areas. Read more about these population centers. 

“The response of the overwhelming majority of these men has been positive,” Hollifield said.   “They are expressing appreciation for the framework of the strategy, as it values the input and participation of local leaders; the focus on impacting lostness through disciple-making; and the opportunity to partner in these endeavors.

“Our goal is to understand the context of each population center and the various unreached/unengaged people groups in these centers so that we might better assist in reaching the lost.”

Messengers to the Nov. 11-12 annual meeting in Greensboro will be able to learn more about the new strategy during a special presentation Tuesday morning. More information is available at or

Budget report

The Board of Directors approved the proposed $30 million budget presented by the Budget Committee, and as a result, the budget will be presented to messengers for approval during the annual meeting. The Executive Committee approved the budget during its July meeting.
The proposed budget reflects a decrease from the $33.5 million 2013 Cooperative Program budget approved by messengers during last year’s annual meeting. The budget includes an additional one-half percent increase in the percentage of Cooperative Program receipts that are sent to the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). This is the ninth year in a row that the Budget Committee has proposed increasing the allocation going to the SBC.
In the proposed budget BSC institutions and agencies will receive approximately the same percentage of the budget as last year, but with an overall reduced budget, these percentages will reflect fewer ministry dollars.
Cooperative Program receipts through Aug. 31 total $18,850,354.12, which represents a 4.3 percent decrease as compared to the same time last year.

Fruitland Baptist Bible Institute

Kelly Robbins was recognized during the meeting as the first recipient of the Fruitland Baptist Bible Institute Scholars Program, which is a cooperative effort involving the BSC and its five affiliated educational institutions.

Robbins received a two-year scholarship awarded to Fruitland students who, upon graduation from Fruitland, desire to continue their education at one of the affiliated institutions. A maximum of two students at each institution are eligible for the scholarship, with the scholarship renewable up to two years.
Robbins began this fall as a student at Gardner-Webb University and plans to study Christian counseling. Also participating in the special time of recognition was Tracy Jessup, Gardner-Webb University president, and Rit Varriale, chairman of the Christian Higher Education Committee and pastor of Elizabeth Baptist Church in Shelby.
“Your Cooperative Program gifts make this scholarship possible,” said David Horton, Fruitland president. “It is awarded to a very deserving young lady.”

Horton also challenged North Carolina Baptists to participate in Fruitland’s “One in a Million” campaign. The campaign is an effort to raise $1 million in order for Fruitland to repay debt related to expansion of the campus chapel, addressing other facility needs, and preparing for the next steps in seeking accreditation.
“It’s about you and your churches; we are your school and we need your help,” Horton said.
Churches are encouraged to receive a special offering during October for the campaign. More information is available at

The Board of Directors approved three appointments to the Fruitland Board of Directors: Stan Welch, pastor of West Asheville Baptist Church; Gordon Benton, pastor of Beech Glen Baptist Church in Weaverville; and Varriale.
9/30/2013 6:26:25 PM by Melissa Lilley, BSC Communications | with 1 comments

Caraway begins Jacumin Retreat Lodge construction

September 30 2013 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor

Caraway Conference Center and Camp broke ground Sept. 24 on the Jim and Nancy Jacumin Retreat Lodge.
The construction totals 7,000-square-feet and will accommodate 80 guests in two dormitory-style lodges with two classrooms in each building. It will serve as the centerpiece for a retreat village that will include a multi-purpose building and a large stand-alone classroom. The facility is expected to be completed Spring 2014.
“This is going to be a tremendous asset to Caraway,” said Jimmy Huffman, Caraway’s director. “We already have three church groups on the waiting list, ready to use this building as soon as the key is turned. We knew it would be a very popular building for our churches.”
Last year Caraway celebrated 50 years of service at their 1,100 acres of oak forests near Asheboro. The Baptist State Convention of North Carolina owns the facility, but groups other than Baptists regularly reserve the facilities for retreats, conferences and seminars.

BR photo by K. Allan Blume
Don Warren, from left, chairman of Caraway’s New Beginnings Capital Campaign, Jimmy Huffman, Caraway’s director, Jim Jacumin and John Butler, executive leader for business services at the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, prepare to break ground Sept. 24 for the new Jim and Nancy Jacumin Retreat Lodge at Caraway.

More than 13,000 guests visit Caraway Conference Center each year for meetings and conferences. Another 8,000 annually participate in the youth camps at Caraway.
The Jacumin Lodge is part of a capital campaign with a goal of raising $7.5 million for expansion and improvements. Steve Garner, the operations manager for Caraway, will serve as the general contractor for the building.
“We’re so tickled to be part of this because, [of] how many folks will make the decision to be pastors or missionaries here,” Jim Jacumin told the crowd at the groundbreaking.
Jacumin is founder of Waldensian Trail of Faith in Valdese, the retired president of Jacumin Engineering and Machine, and a former North Carolina senator. The Jacumins live in Icard.
Don Warren, chairman of Caraway’s New Beginnings Capital Campaign, described Jacumin as one of the most successful Christian men he has known.
“God has honored Jim Jacumin’s commitment to Christian causes,” he said. “His is the largest single gift to the Caraway campaign.”
During the groundbreaking, Jacumin called for Christians to recognize the price many have paid for the freedoms and blessings Americans enjoy. He said this new lodge will help further the teaching of Christian truth, and shared a story from his Waldensian family history.
“We’re seeing times in our history today that is trying all of us, and we had better stand,” Jacumin said.
His 17th century ancestors who lived in the Alps near Switzerland and France were given a number of edicts. Jacumin explained how the authorities said, “If you will turn all of your weapons in, we’ll let you live here in peace. They turned in their weapons.
“The authorities turned on them and killed 2,500 of them and imprisoned another 8,000. The treatment in prison was so horrendous that in six months 4,000 had died. Some European leaders got concerned and tried to put pressure on that king to ease up on us. Finally, he agreed and let those 4,000 folks out of prison. The king asked them one question, ‘Will you abjure your faith? If you will, we will let you live in peace in the valleys.’”
About 1,000 people took the deal. The king concluded that if they would deny their faith they would not be good citizens, so he sold those 1,000 into slavery. Jacumin continued, “The other 3,000 were exiled and my family was part of those people.” 
Those Waldenisans eventually found freedom in the foothills of North Carolina.
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9/30/2013 6:18:16 PM by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor | with 0 comments

Missionaries share about Kenya mall ordeal

September 30 2013 by Charles Braddix, Baptist Press

NAIROBI, Kenya – The day before terrorists seized Nairobi’s Westgate Shopping Mall, International Mission Board (IMB) missionary Bert Yates was there.

“How long will it be before terrorists make good their threats and attack a public place such as this?” she thought to herself. Less than 24 hours later, her thoughts became a reality.

Yates and her husband Jack live only a block from the mall. For four days, the tragic events of the mall’s takeover and hostage crisis unfolded around them. By the time it was over, as many as 200 people were dead, hundreds were traumatized and over 175 wounded.

Kenyan authorities continue the grim task of recovering victims buried beneath the rubble of the internally collapsed building. A combination of multiple explosions and intentionally set fires caused sections of the mall to give way.

Militants of the Somali-based al-Shabaab organization seized the mall Sept. 21 in retaliation for what they called Kenya’s interference in internal Somali affairs. They used automatic weapons and hand grenades to seize hostages and take control of the modern upscale mall, killing at least 60 who were inside when the militants stormed the building.

Yates and her husband heard the gunfire and explosions, and watched as helicopters hovered over their house for 72 hours before the crisis was over.

“I would often stop, especially after times of sporadic blasts and firing, and think how calm and normal things were in our house and garden,” Yates said. “People were suffering only a short distance away in ways that I could not even imagine. To be so close, but so separated, was a surreal experience, eerie. But really, there is no good, defining word.”

Photo by Bert Yates
International Mission Board Missionary Bert Yates reported that helicopters hovered over her home near Westgate mall for 72 hours before the terrorist takeover of the Nairobi, Kenya mall finally ended. 

Terrorists managed to hold off Kenyan security forces for four days before Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta was finally able to announce the end of the ordeal.

IMB missionaries Chris and Jamie Suel, along with their five children, had walked into the mall shortly before the terrorists, who burst in and began firing automatic weapons and throwing hand grenades. When the Suels arrived, they decided to go their separate ways – Chris with one child and Jamie with four. It was only after five harrowing hours that they were reunited.

For three hours Jamie and the four children hid behind stacks of packaged flour in a storage area.

“I remember thinking on the way in that the flour would be good, protective from bullets,” she said. They heard the sounds of hand grenades, machine guns and helicopters as they hid.

Using her cell phone, Jamie managed to maintain contact with her husband and other members of the Kenya Baptist Mission. Chris and a son were on a different floor at the other side of the mall.

“After a while, some men identifying themselves as police started yelling that it was OK, it was clear, come out, it was OK,” Jamie said. “I didn’t trust it at all. I called Chris, and while everyone else left he told me that it was not clear and I should not leave. After hanging up I heard a barrage of gunfire. I thought they had been massacred. I prayed God would put a protective bubble around us so we would not be seen or heard.”

Eventually, when all seemed clear, Jamie and her four children made their way to safety.

As the attack on the mall commenced, Chris and his son tried to find the rest of their family. They had to turn back, however, as bullets struck the escalator they were on, ricocheting everywhere. They hid in a store where workers shut and locked its doors.

“The gunshots kept going non-stop for 10 minutes,” Chris said. When they stopped he was able to reach Jamie by phone and learn she and their four children were OK, hiding elsewhere in the mall.

“For the next five hours grenades and gunshots could be heard,” he said. “We were getting phone calls telling us that it was a terrorist attack, and terrorists were pretending to be police to lure people from their hiding spots.”

Two hours after his wife and their four other children made it to safety, Chris and their son were able to flee and join them at the Yateses’ home nearby.

“We are certain that among the greatest moments of joy of our lives, is when Jack and I spotted Jamie and the younger kids walking towards us, and then as we received the gift of giving them hugs,” Yates said. When Chris and their older son escaped, they were met by a co-worker.

Debbie McFerron, an IMB missionary who lives a two-minute walk from the mall, sent out continuous reports and prayer requests as events unfolded over the four days.

“Hearing barrages of gunfire, the blasts of grenades and the roar of low-flying police and army helicopters were all constant prayer reminders,” McFerron wrote on Facebook and a personal blog she and her husband maintain.

“Pray that even as people’s thoughts ran to God during the crisis, they would continue to run to God as daily life resumes,” she wrote in the aftermath of the crisis.

While both the terrorists and Kenyan security forces used social media to propagate their victories during the siege and hostage situation, Yates extolled social media’s value for raising prayer support.

“As I shared on one of my Facebook work pages, ‘Thank you for your prayers. You have definitely reaffirmed my belief in Facebook and social media being incredible prayer tools!’” she wrote.

The prayer value of social media was also affirmed when news of the Westgate mall being on fire was posted on Facebook and in various blogs, including IMB’s CompassionNet page on Facebook, Yates said.

“Based on what I can document and intelligent guesses, more than 10,000 people viewed this prayer item within a few hours,” she said.

Retired IMB missionary Sharon Pumpelly shared on her church’s Facebook page a prayer request she received from Nairobi. It was about a young family who lost their lives in the attack on the mall. The woman, a Harvard graduate, was 8-and-a-half months pregnant.

“We have a [missionary] friend who is out in Kenya ministering to pregnant couples,” Pumpelly wrote. “After a birthing class, one of the couples went to the mall.”

Pumpelly’s friend, a missionary with Africa Inland Mission, shared, “It breaks my heart to say that we lost expectant parents and their unborn baby in this attack. These parents were very happy, excited and ready for their little one to arrive.”

Found dead on the floor of the mall, the man cradled his wife in his arms, one hand draped protectively over her pregnant stomach. He was a recognized architect, having designed free of charge an HIV-AIDS hospital in Kenya. She was a well-known malaria specialist working in Kenya with the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation.

“Please pray for these families as they have lost so much,” Pumpelley’s friend said, “and please pray for our team as we embrace the people here at our training center, that God would prepare our hearts and minds.”

Not far from Westgate mall is Rosslyn Academy, a Christian school that many children of missionaries attend. Students there initiated outdoor prayer services on Wednesday in response to three days of national mourning declared by President Kenyatta the day before.

“It has been extremely difficult for the Rosslyn community and for Kenya,” a school spokesman said. “While we are grateful that none of our staff or students lost their lives, a few students were seriously injured and at least one lost a beloved parent. The support of the teachers and the community has been amazing, but the days ahead will be hard.”

McFerron said, “The Kenyan spirit through all of this is amazing. They are coming out in droves to give blood. Many businesses are donating food and water to the injured in hospital and to the police, army and media personnel on the ground at the mall. They have set up a Twitter site with the name @we-are-one, and folks are writing amazing tweets of encouragement, many using scripture.”

Tim Tidenberg, IMB strategy leader for East Africa, wrote, “Living very near what is left of the Westgate Mall, the last few days have been ones of shock. As we watched the terrorist situation unfold, we continued to go to the promise of a faithful God and to His presence with us.”

“Today (Thursday), the mission community met together for a time of prayer – a time to encourage and to see each other face to face,” he said. “As we met, the subject of His faithfulness again came to the forefront. In days such as these, we must keep our eyes on Him.”

While reflecting on the trauma she and her family went through, Jamie Suel said, “These things happen. It’s sometimes the cost of doing [mission] business. It is the reason we are here. Only Christ can penetrate this evil. He called us, we obey and stay until He releases us. Sometimes living in the center of God’s will is dangerous. Dangerous, but God is good. I’m praying that God will use this to bring glory to Himself, which He always does.”

Through its Member Care ministries, IMB provides counseling service to missionary families when they experience trauma like that in Nairobi.

Tim Cearley, a senior IMB strategy leader in Africa, said, “We are so thankful for God’s protection over our personnel during the recent trouble in Kenya. Of course our personnel were greatly affected as they waited, prayed and heard gunfire, explosions and screams. As well, our hearts go out to all the people of Kenya. So many people in Nairobi are deeply grieving the loss of the sense of a peaceful and safe place to live.

“Now we ask that people pray for peace and for healing,” Cearley added. “Pray, too, that believers will have opportunities to share the hope they have within them, and the true source of their peace.”

(EDITOR’S NOTE – Charles Braddix is an International Mission Board writer based in Europe.) 
9/30/2013 6:05:30 PM by Charles Braddix, Baptist Press | with 1 comments

Moore: Church returning to oddness in culture

September 30 2013 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

WASHINGTON – The ongoing collapse of the Bible Belt will help the church recover its oddness and thereby further its mission, Southern Baptist ethicist Russell D. Moore told a gathering on Capitol Hill.

Moore encouraged the audience of Christians who work in congressional offices to approach the “next new reality” after the breakdown of the Bible Belt in a “gospel-centered” manner.

The nominal Christianity that marked the Bible Belt of the South and Midwest and provided social benefits in the past is giving way to a Christianity that has “a social, a cultural, a political, an economic cost,” the president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) told the gathering of more than 40 people in the Capitol Sept. 13.

While the Bible Belt’s collapse “is bad news for America, because the Bible Belt hemmed in a lot of things from happening that were socially destructive,” Moore said, it “is very good news for the church. It will enable the church to reclaim the freakishness of Christianity in a way that I think is going to be helpful in moving forward with the mission.”

Such a dramatic recovery of the church’s oddness may not be far off, he said.

“Right now, it’s really not all that strange that a group of Christians who gather together in the United States Capitol have this conversation,” Moore told the mostly young audience. “In 10 years, 20 years, a group of people gathered here who believe that a dead man in the Middle East is alive again and is the rightly appointed ruler of everything might seem freakish and cult-like.

“And praise God if it does, because the power of the gospel is found in the freakishness of the gospel. When people don’t stop and say, ‘Wait a minute! What?’ that only means they don’t understand what we’re talking about.”

Only three days after his inauguration in Washington as ERLC president, Moore cited some approaches evangelicals and other Christians may adopt during this transitional time regarding public engagement and the culture that he considers unbiblical and unhelpful.

Christians who embrace “moral majoritarianism,” as he labeled it, can produce the following effects:
  • A focus on the American dream that results in cynicism.
  • A “form of perpetual outrage.”
  • A refusal to notice how churches are “succumbing to the outside culture.”
At its best, the moral majoritarianism of the Religious Right followed the tradition of the abolitionist and pro-life movements, Moore told the audience.

At its worst, however, it “easily could become a kind of prosperity gospel in which what we were saying is, ‘You can have the life that you’ve always wanted to have – the American Dream plus Jesus, which means that you have everything that America promises you plus heaven,’“ he said.

“That is a message that is alien to the gospel of Jesus Christ, and that’s one of the reasons why the Religious Right often overreached in a way that bred cynicism” by such actions as producing voter guides that claimed a Christian position on a line-item veto and a balanced budget amendment, he said.

“What happened is another generation sees this use of Christianity and concludes, and sometimes rightly, that Jesus is simply a mascot for the sorts of positions that people would be holding anyway under any other circumstances,” Moore said.

Moral majoritarianism, he told the congressional staffers, “easily can be transformed into the faux outrage that plays well on talk radio and plays well on cable news networks and certainly works in terms of direct mail fundraising. Christian organizations have been just as susceptible to that.”

Another flawed approach is demonstrated especially in younger evangelicals overreacting to the mistakes of the previous generation by saying, for instance, they will give attention to evangelism and discipleship but not public ethics, Moore said.

That does not, however, deliver Christianity from “political captivity,” he said.

“As a matter of fact, some of the most politically captive Christian movements in the history of this country have been the most seemingly apolitical,” Moore said. “In the antebellum South, the language was: ‘Let’s not preach politics; let’s instead simply preach and teach the gospel.’

“Now what did that mean? That meant, let’s not address the issue of human slavery. That’s not apolitical. That’s very political, because when you’re standing in a congregation and you’re dealing as the Christian gospel does with sin and you are calling people to account for fornication and drunkenness and quarrelsomeness and dueling, but you say nothing about man-stealing and kidnapping and the atrocious evil of attempting to own another human being, it’s not that you are not speaking to slavery. You are speaking to slavery.”

As the proper approach to public engagement, Moore recommended to the audience what he calls “moral communitarianism” – the three-fold model of Kingdom, culture and mission he has promoted in less than four months as the ERLC’s president.

A proper understanding of the Kingdom of God and its implications while Christians await its fullness in the reign of Christ produces a “form of optimism to the way that we engage” the culture, he said.

Instead, many outside the church picture “angry, clinched fists” when they think about Christians in the public square, Moore said.

“One of the reasons why the outside culture tends to think of us as angry, clinched-fist sort of people is because that is what we have been for a long time...,” he said.

The Bible, however, reveals “an optimistic vision” of the direction of history “under the sovereignty of God, and the way that we ought to speak and dialogue with those who disagree with us betrays the fact that we really don’t believe that,” Moore said.

This view calls for a focus on the culture of churches, which he described as “embassies of the Kingdom of God.”

“We still work toward human flourishing in the political arena, but we do so recognizing in terms of priority local congregations display what Capitol Hill never can display,” Moore told the audience.

While it is important whom a Christian votes for in the presidential race, “[I]t is even more important the people that you as a congregation vote in to receive as members” of the church, he said.

The mission of the church in the public arena means Christians “speak not only what [Jesus] says, but we speak it the way He says it,” Moore said.

“In all of our public engagement and in all of our political engagement, we must recognize that we are, as the New Testament puts it, ministers of reconciliation,” he said. “We are not ministers of condemnation.

“It is easy for us to look at the outside culture and simply find all the ways to condemn it and to ridicule it,” he told the Hill staffers. “And that’s especially true for you, because you’re living in a political world where by necessity you are looking for all the weak flaws in the people who are on the other side of you, highlighting those weak flaws and seeking to vaporize the other person on television or in debate or in all sorts of other ways. That cannot be the way that we engage the outside world.”

(EDITOR’S NOTE – Tom Strode is Washington bureau chief for Baptist Press.)
9/30/2013 5:58:55 PM by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

Emeritus missionaries recount ups & downs

September 30 2013 by Erich Bridges, Baptist Press

“Are you an angel?” the woman asked. “Have you come to tell my family about Jesus?”

“I eventually learned this lady had come to know the Lord through dreams and visions,” Eardensohn recounted at a Sept. 14 service honoring emeritus International Mission Board (IMB) missionaries. “She had once been a devout Muslim. Now she is a devout follower of Jesus.” 

It was only one moment in the 27 years Eardensohn and her husband Bill spent serving as missionaries in Tanzania. But she will never forget it. Telling people about Jesus is the reason the couple went to Africa in the first place.

The Eardensohns joined 50 other missionaries honored at the annual emeritus recognition service, held this year at IMB’s International Learning Center in Rockville, Va. Among them, the missionaries counted 1,357 combined years of service in places stretching from Argentina to Indonesia, from Australia to sub-Saharan Africa.

“This is not really the ending. It is the beginning of a new chapter in [their] lives,” said IMB President Tom Elliff as he introduced the veteran workers. “They’ve got their sights set on what God has for them in the days ahead. But we get to celebrate the fact that they have sown their lives into the lives of countless thousands of people around this world.”


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Emeritus missionary Roland Cheng, left, is embraced by IMB President Tom Elliff during a Sept. 14 service honoring Cheng and 51 other emeritus missionaries at IMB’s International Learning Center in Rockville, Va. Among them, the missionaries counted 1,357 combined years of service. Cheng spent 27 years sharing the Good News with Chinese people all over the world. He completed his missionary career in East Asia, where his wife, Angie, died in 2011.

The missionaries’ memories were as varied as the places where they worked. But they shared several common themes: God told them to go. He used them despite their own shortcomings, fears and struggles. He multiplied new believers through them – believers who are now discipling many others for Christ. 

And He’s not through with these faithful folks yet.

Pediatrician Ken Hinton treated children at Kediri Baptist Hospital in Indonesia for his first 19 years of service and taught pediatrics and other subjects to university students for an additional 15. But before he even finished language school as a first-termer, Hinton discovered his true gift: teaching Scripture to young people. 

“Words cannot express my gratitude to the Lord for turning this shy, attention-fearing, self-doubting baby doctor into, of all things, a teacher who discovered the absolute joy of telling the old, old stories of Jesus and His love to slack-jawed, goggle-eyed youth – many hearing them for the first time,” Hinton said. “I thank Him for the precious privilege of seeing some of these become pastors, evangelists and even medical missionaries, doing far more for the coming Kingdom than I ever imagined.”

In retirement, Hinton is still mentoring and counseling young Indonesians via Facebook, Skype and telephone.

During 34 years in Peru and Chile, Ken and Linda Bowie experienced earthquakes, droughts, floods, a military coup, martial law, terrorism, robberies, illnesses and shortages of food and water. But God protected them, and their persistence gained them credibility with the people they served.

“When we left Kansas to go to Peru, we didn’t know that the overwhelming physical need of Peruvians for water would give us an opportunity to go to villages high in the Andes Mountains and to barren coastal deserts to drill wells, which in turn would soften hearts to hear and accept Jesus Christ as the Living Water that they most needed,” Linda said. 

Now they’re seeing some of the Peruvians and Chileans they trained as disciples reach out to a new generation, not only in their own nations but as missionaries in other places. The Bowies plan to stay vitally involved in retirement as they lead volunteer groups to Latin America.

Jim and Kay Chandler have seen former students at Taiwan’s Morrison Christian Academy “join the ranks of radical believers reaching the uttermost parts of the world.” One is living in a hovel beside untouchables in India. Another is striving to reach Muslims in Southeast Asia. 

“With sadness and joy we leave after 30 years of serving in Taiwan,” Jim reflected. “We’re sad to say goodbye to those we’ll never see again in this world, but we rejoice as we think of these we will see again in heaven because God allowed us to have a part in their salvation.” 

Baker and Gail Hill, who spent 27 years ministering to Muslims in West Africa, initially scoffed at the idea of spending the closing days of their missionary careers in the Canadian province of Quebec. “We wanted to continue working with unreached peoples,” Gail said. “But God has a sense of humor – and a global perspective.” 

Even though four years in chilly Quebec felt like going from “the oven to the freezer” after West Africa, Baker explained, “God enlarged our hearts and let us fall in love with a new people group less evangelized than many we had worked with in Africa.” They planted a French-speaking church in Montreal that now has a network of cell groups, a daughter church and a thriving ministry to children.

Dan and Brenda Caldwell already had two grown sons when they became missionaries. Entering middle age, they weren’t ready for the staggering challenges they would face in South America. But God doesn’t call people to be fully prepared before they follow Him; He calls people to be obedient. 

Twenty-two years ago, “God said ‘Go,’” the Caldwells said. “So we left sons in college and took our daughter to the Amazon Valley of Brazil. He said, ‘Make disciples and baptize them,’ so we witnessed and baptized believers in the river. 

“He said, ‘Teach them to obey all I have commanded,’ so we taught in churches, training classes, English classes and Bible institutes in the jungle and on the river. He said, ‘I am with you always’ – and He was, as we struggled with Portuguese, dengue fever and pneumonia, when our parents and siblings died, as we ministered to the needs of others. Was it hard? Extremely. Worth it? Definitely, [as we saw] the lost saved and those we discipled now discipling others.”

Brian and Linda Peterson, 25-year veterans of ministry in South and Southeast Asia, sang one of the worship songs they hear South Asian believers sing as they worship in their own way. Most Americans wouldn’t recognize the song or the worship styles, but God does.

“God is multiplying churches like this” in South Asia, Linda said. “They do not look or sound like our American churches, but they clearly belong to Jesus. They proclaim the gospel in ways that Hindus can understand.” Hundreds of spiritual seekers are hearing the Good News every week, even as persecution by militant Hindus increases.

After 25 years in Fiji and the Philippines, Dwight and Gloria Fern are still amazed by God’s power to transform lives. They remember the young Indian drug dealer in Fiji who gave his life to Christ and led more than 100 friends and family members to faith within a year. They remember the Philippine pastor they mentored for 10 years. He used “Training for Trainers” methods to start 80 small groups out of a church with only 50 members. 

“Hundreds of people came to Christ and two new churches were formed,” Dwight said. The pastor continues mentoring “hundreds of pastors with a vision for reaching Manila for Christ. Thank you so much, Southern Baptists, for the privilege of taking the Gospel to the world.”

When the missionaries finished sharing their memories and reflections, Elliff called on listeners to pay tribute to their service. An extended standing ovation followed.

“What you have in these front rows are people who said [to God], ‘I’m yours; I’m not afraid to die,’“ Elliff said of the emeritus group. “Any man or woman who is unafraid to die is ready to live.” 

Turning to them, he added, “God bless you. Thank you for showing me – for showing us – what it means to finish well.” 

(EDITOR’S NOTE – Erich Bridges is global correspondent for the International Mission Board.)
9/30/2013 5:47:36 PM by Erich Bridges, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

NOBTS leader’s mother leaves seminary, church legacy

September 30 2013 by Gary Myers & Keith Collier, Baptist Press

NEW ORLEANS – Doris Weisiger Kelley, mother of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (NOBTS) President Chuck Kelley and Dorothy Kelley Patterson, wife of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary President Paige Patterson, died Sept. 19 at her home in New Orleans. She was 91.

While working as a secretary at First Baptist Church in San Antonio, she met a young Baptist layman Arkansas named Charles S. Kelley Sr. The two married June 6, 1942, and enjoyed 64 years of marriage until Mr. Kelley’s death in 2006.

The Kelleys moved to Beaumont, Texas, in the 1940s where Mr. Kelley was a managing partner of the Kelley-Hixson Funeral Home in Beaumont, and by 1965, Charles Kelley became the sole owner of what had grown into the area’s largest funeral firm. Mrs. Kelley served alongside her husband in the funeral home business for some 40 years.

The Kelleys were members of First Baptist Church in Beaumont for more than 50 years until they moved to New Orleans in 2002. Once there, Mrs. Kelley began serving at First Baptist Church in New Orleans where she was known as a “prayer warrior” and committed supporter of Southern Baptist mission work who attended Sunday school and worship every week until recently when her health declined.

The Kelley family remembers Mrs. Kelley as a dedicated mother and grandmother who wrote weekly cards and letters to her children and grandchildren.

“Every week, she wrote a family epistle known as ‘the pink letter,’” NOBTS President Chuck Kelley said. “The highest honor was to be mentioned in the letter. It always included family news, life happenings, prayer reminders and words of wisdom.”

Her cards and letters were not only reserved for family, though. Mrs. Kelley frequently wrote words of encouragement to pastors, ministers and family friends and an untold number of birthday cards, holiday cards and greeting cards to children, adults and people in all walks of life whom she had encountered. Each Monday, Mrs. Kelley wrote nearly 40 cards to members of First Baptist’s senior adult Sunday School class who were absent the day before.

“My mom had a passionate commitment to her Lord, her family and her church,” Chuck Kelley said.

Dorothy Patterson remembers her mother as the epitome of a Proverbs 31 woman.

Anyone who crossed the path of my mother would agree that in her demeanor there was a unique sensitivity that set her apart from others,” Dorothy Patterson said. “She was known for tender compassions administered to those who passed through her life, and even in her senior years with its physical limitations, she was continually ‘losing her life’ by emptying herself in self-sacrificing service to others.”

Southwestern Seminary President Paige Patterson praised Mrs. Kelley for her Christlike demeanor and faithful encouragement to all.

“Mom Kelley was one of the most remarkable women of God that I have ever known,” Paige Patterson said. “Gentle, ardently practicing all the virtues championed by Christ, sacrificial, a woman of profound faith and effective prayer, Mrs. Kelley exemplified and rejoiced in her role as wife and mother. And as Solomon predicted, the whole family this day arises to call her blessed. Genuine nobility is a rare thing. And one of the few has slipped mortality and presented herself for an incredible reward.”

In addition to her ties to New Orleans Seminary and Southwestern Seminary, Kelley and her late husband were longtime supporters of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Mr. Kelley served on Midwestern’s board of trustees for 10 years in the 1990s and 2000s. Midwestern honored the Kelleys with the Kelley Fireside Room in the seminary’s Koehn & Myers Center for World Evangelism. Endowed scholarships for women at both Southwestern Seminary and New Orleans Seminary were created in Doris Kelley’s honor in recent years.

Mrs. Kelley was born in San Antonio, Texas, on April 25, 1922, to Hood Daniel Weisiger and Emily Julia Pancoast English Weisiger. After she was orphaned at an early age, Mrs. Kelley was raised by her maternal grandparents. Growing up, Mrs. Kelley was an active member of First Baptist in San Antonio. 

Mrs. Kelley is survived by five children, Dorothy Patterson, Kathy Kelley, Charlene Kelley Coe, Charles S. “Chuck” Kelley Jr. and Eileen Kelley Turrentine, eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made in her honor to Southwestern, New Orleans, Midwestern or Southeastern seminaries.
(EDITOR’S NOTE – Gary Myers is director of public relations at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary; Keith Collier is director of news and information at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.)
9/30/2013 5:37:25 PM by Gary Myers & Keith Collier, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

Dublin pastor joins BSC 2nd VP race

September 27 2013 by BR staff

A pastor serving in Dublin has added his name to the race for second vice president of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC).
Cameron McGill, senior pastor at First Baptist Church of Dublin, sent an email Sept. 26 to the Biblical Recorder saying that the decision came “after much prayer and seeking the will of the Lord.”

The announcement came shortly after the Recorder learned that one of the two candidates for the office had withdrawn. Mark Hunnicutt, associate pastor of ministries at Mud Creek Baptist Church in Hendersonville, cited multiple personal concerns in his decision. (See story.) The other candidate is Marc Sanders, senior pastor of Sandy Branch Baptist Church in Bear Creek. They will be nominated Nov. 11-12 at the BSC annual meeting in Greensboro.

McGill has led Dublin FBC for 13 years. He was saved at age 8 and surrendered to a call to vocational ministry at 15.
“The past 24 years have been truly amazing ... just to see God at work in so many ways,” McGill said. “I love the work of our convention and am excited about the direction the BSC is heading.”
Emphasizing the Great Commission Partnerships and the Seven Pillars of Ministry, McGill said N.C. Baptists “are sending out the message across the state that we as North Carolina Baptists are serious about passionately pursuing the core biblical principles for evangelism and discipleship.”
As a pastor, McGill said he is involved not only in the ministry of the church but the Bladen Baptist Association as well. “I see the work of the local association as not only vital, but paramount in the days to come,” he said. “I believe associations must become the link connecting pastors, churches and the work of the BSC as a whole.”

This year McGill said each member of Dublin FBC was challenged to take part in a mission experience at some level. “Our people accepted this challenge and have truly become a people on mission for the Lord in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and unto the uttermost parts of the earth,” he said.

Through the BSC’s Office of Great Commission Partnerships Dublin FBC has adopted two churches in the past two years. One of the churches is in Queens, N.Y., and the other in Moldova.
“These partnerships have changed my life, my family and our church in ways that can only be described by saying ‘Ephesians 3:20,’” said McGill, who has been married to his wife Tiffany for 18 years. “God has done so much more ... exceeding abundantly … more than anything we could have ever imagined.”
During the last five decades Dublin FBC has added more than 500 members, “a true miracle of God” since the town has only about 250 residents, he said.

“We have taken many bold steps of faith in our tenure here to begin new ministries to reach our community, the latest of which will be the launching of a second campus 15 miles away in White Lake, next Easter,” McGill said.
McGill called himself a “progressive conservative” pastor saying, “I believe it’s not enough to just ‘believe in the inerrancy,’ but we must live out what we believe if we’re going to change this world for Christ.”
The father of four children, McGill has served on the BSC Board of Directors, Executive Committee, Nominating Committee and various other roles including Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina and N.C. Baptist Aging Ministry.
“The more I learn about the work of the convention, the more aware I become about avenues for our congregation to ‘plug into’ areas of effective ministry and ways that we can become systematically involved in the work already taking place through the BSC,” he said.

He will be nominated by Richard Hicks, interim pastor at Beulah Baptist Church in Calabash.
For more about Marc Sanders, who announced his candidacy in May along with other candidates, visit here.
In the BSC presidential race, Bobby Blanton and C.J. Bordeaux will face each other at the BSC annual meeting Nov. 11-12. Bordeaux did not announce his candidacy until July. (See story.) Timmy D. Blair is the lone candidate for first vice president. Nominations for each of these offices may also be made from the floor.

For a video of a discussion between the BSC presidential candidates, visit here. See story.
9/27/2013 12:51:27 PM by BR staff | with 1 comments

N.C. Baptists to help with baptism task force

September 27 2013 by Joe Conway, Baptist Press

NASHVILLE – The North American Mission Board (NAMB) is convening a national Pastors’ Task Force on Evangelistic Impact & Declining Baptisms to address the continued decrease in baptisms among Southern Baptist churches. The group’s first meeting was Sept. 18 in Nashville.

The 2012 Annual Church Profile (ACP) reported a drop of 5.52 percent in the number of baptisms in Southern Baptist churches, confirming a two-decade downward trend. The most recent accounting marked the first time since 1948 that baptisms dropped below 315,000.

From 1950-2011 Southern Baptists baptized an average of 379,711 people annually. Only twice during that time did the numbers dip more than 10 percent below that average. But in 2012 the decline was 13 percent off the average – the worst drop in 62 years.

“Southern Baptists leaders are concerned,” said Al Gilbert, NAMB’s vice president of evangelism and former pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Winston-Salem. “Our baptismal trends are all headed in the wrong direction. With a burden to penetrate lostness in North America, we must pray and think through what we can and should do to turn around this decline.”


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Milton Hollifield, left, Baptist State Convention executive director-treasurer, and Alvin Reid, professor at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, are the only representatives from North Carolina on the national Pastors’ Task Force on Evangelistic Impact & Declining Baptisms. Al Gilbert, NAMB’s vice president of evangelism and former pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, is facilitating the sessions along with Ed Stetzer, LifeWay Research president.

Gilbert is facilitating the group’s sessions along with LifeWay Research President Ed Stetzer. In addition to the first meeting in Nashville, the task force will meet multiple times via conference calls and face-to-face meetings, with the goal of completing its work by May 2014.

There are two other Baptists with North Carolina ties besides Gilbert: Alvin Reid, the Bailey Smith Chair of Evangelism at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Milton A. Hollifield Jr., Baptist State Convention of North Carolina executive director-treasurer.
Prior to the meeting Los Angeles pastor Benny Wong said one way churches will see increased baptisms is to narrow their concentration.

“We need to focus again on the most important mandate for the church today, which is the Great Commission,” Wong said. “We need to observe the past to understand some issues, but the real need is to concentrate on the most important areas. In the past 20 years we have had some struggles as a church, but as we focus on the primary things, the so-called problems are not as important.”

In its first 40 years, First Chinese planted five churches, Wong said. Following a long gap in planting, the church planted a new church four years ago with 12 people. It now has 200. A second plant just launched.

“There is no magic,” Wong said. “It is not complicated. It is going back to the basics and following God’s leading in obedience. If we only focus on the secondary issues, we will miss out on what is most important in the eyes of God.”

Alvin Reid echoed Wong’s thoughts.

“Obviously evangelism is of primary importance to Southern Baptists, and our primary means of evaluating evangelism is baptisms,” said Reid, professor of evangelism and student ministry at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. “It is not the best means, but it is the best one we have. We need some metrics to determine how we are doing.

“Anytime Southern Baptists have faced a major issue, they have called together leaders to address the challenge,” Reid said. “This is certainly an important issue. This task force will actually attempt to accomplish something strategically. I have said for years that we as Southern Baptists should put on sackcloth and ashes and have an annual day of fasting and prayer on this issue.”

Gilbert said the most recent ACP was the final catalyst in bringing the pastors’ task force together. 

“There has been a lot of discussion about this issue for years,” Gilbert said. “Southern Baptists have talked about declining baptisms but haven’t figured out a way to own it. I thought it was important to pull together pastors from different regions and backgrounds to address the issue. We want to dialog about how we can help take meaningful action.”

Task force members include: Ted Traylor, pastor, Olive Baptist Church, Pensacola, Fla.; Jay Wolf, pastor, First Baptist Church, Montgomery, Ala.; K. Marshall Williams Sr., pastor, Nazarene Baptist Church, Philadelphia; Manpoong “Dennis” Kim, pastor, Global Mission Church, Silver Spring, Md.; David Galván, pastor, New Life Hispanic Baptist Church, Dallas; Carlos Navarro, pastor, Iglesia Bautista de West Brownsville, Brownsville, Texas; Andy Addis, pastor, CrossPoint Church, Hutchinson, Kan.; Roger Spradlin, pastor, Valley Baptist Church, Bakersfield, Calif.; Jeff Lovingood, Next Generation pastor, Long Hollow Baptist Church, Hendersonville, Tenn.; Benny Wong, pastor, First Chinese Baptist Church, Los Angeles; Keith Wieser, pastor, Resonate Baptist Church, Pullman, Wash.; Doug Melton, pastor, Southern Hills Baptist Church, Oklahoma City; Alvin Reid, Bailey Smith Chair of Evangelism, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary; Wayne Jenkins, evangelism church growth director, Louisiana Baptist Convention; Milton Hollifield, executive director, Baptist State Convention of North Carolina.

(EDITOR’S NOTE – Joe Conway writes for the North American Mission Board.)
9/27/2013 12:38:49 PM by Joe Conway, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

Committee on Nominations Report

September 27 2013 by BSC

The Committee on Nominations is charged with the task of receiving and reviewing the numerous recommendations provided by North Carolina Baptists for service on the Board of Directors and committees of the Convention as well as the boards of the institutions and agencies of the Convention.  The committee begins its work with the recommendations sent by North Carolina Baptists and only when exhausted, or in the event too few recommendations have been received for a specific place of service, the committee seeks to find candidates who meet the qualifications for service as outlined in the Convention bylaws.
The full report from the Committee on Nominations can be found on the BSCNC’s Annual Meeting website, in the edition of the Biblical Recorder dated September 28, 2013, on the Biblical Recorder website, and in the Book of Reports provided to each messenger who completes their registration at the Annual Meeting.
On behalf of the committee members listed below, I want to thank each North Carolina Baptist who completed and submitted a recommendation. It is not too early to begin thinking about those individuals whom you wish to recommend for consideration by the 2014 Committee on Nominations.  Please continue to submit your recommendations, as your input is essential to the committee’s work and the ongoing effectiveness of the missions and ministries of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina.
Charles Martin, Chair


2013 Committee on Nominations Members

David Blackburn, Jefferson; Joe Cappar, Jacksonville; Shelton Daniel, Rocky Mount; Ellen Day, Greensboro; Shawn Dobbs, Winston-Salem; Faye Edwards, Beulaville; Elizabeth Faw, Staley; Duane Kuykendall, Hickory; Brian Langley, Kure Beach; Charles Martin, Winston-Salem; Ricky Mason, Maggie Valley; Cameron McGill, Dublin; Boyce Porter, Camden; Marc Sanders, Bear Creek; Bill Saylor, Charlotte; Shannon Scott, Raleigh; Sharon Smith, Fayetteville; Aaron Wallace, Wendell.

The Committee on Nominations report follows the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina’s (BSCNC) bylaws directive to “nominate persons for election by the Convention to the committees listed in Article I.C.1 (b) – (d) of these Bylaws, such other committees as may be assigned to it, the chair of such Convention committees, the boards of trustees and directors of all institutions and agencies of the Convention, the Board, and such other nominations as may be delegated to the committee by the Convention.” 
Among other considerations for nominees, the bylaws state “It is desirable that at least twenty-five percent (25%) of members nominated to all committees of the Convention, the Board, the boards of trustees and directors of the Convention’s institutions and agencies shall come from churches with a membership under four hundred (400).” This is indicated in the Committee’s report by (O) for 400 and over and by (U) for under 400 in church membership.
The bylaws further direct that, “The Committee on Nominations shall include in its report at a minimum the name, church, home town, association, occupation, and sex of each nominee, the name of the committee or board on which the nominee is to serve together with such summary information as will make clear to this Convention the diversity and breadth of representation provided by the slates of nominees.”

Board of Directors, Baptist State Convention of North Carolina

Region 1 – No vacancies.
Region 2 – No vacancies.
Region 3 – LeRoy Burke, Zion Hill (U), Lumberton, Robeson, minister, male; Chris Carroll, Elizabethtown (O), Elizabethtown, Bladen, minister, male; Tiffany McGill, Dublin First (O), White Lake, Bladen, lay person, female; Michael K. Moore, Kure Beach First (U), Kure Beach, Wilmington, minister, male; Ruth D. Murray, Southside (U), Wilmington, Wilmington, lay person, female.
Region 4 – Donald Cashwell, Creedmoor Road (U), Raleigh, Raleigh, minister, male; Edward Rose, Central, Wendell (O), Wendell, Raleigh, minister, male.
Region 5 – David Duarte, Iglesia Internacional (U), Greensboro, Piedmont, minister, male.
Region 6 – Herman W. (Buddy) Pigg Jr., (2016 unexpired term of Terry Casino), Mount Harmony (O), Monroe, Union, minister, male.
Region 7 – Vernon Eller, (2014 unexpired term of Matthew Grindstaff), Union (U), Ferguson, Three Forks, minister, male; Toby Oliver, Brushy Fork (U), Boone, Three Forks, minister, male; Debra Smith, (2014 unexpired term of Delores Greer), Dudley Shoals (O), Hickory, Caldwell, lay person, female.
Region 8  Donald Cline, Mount Anderson (O), Lincolnton, South Fork, minister, male; John Compton, (2014 unexpired term of Kevin Purcell), Mountain View (O), Newton, Catawba Valley, minister, male; Danny Emory, (2015 unexpired term of Billy Shaw), Hopewell (O), Morganton, Catawba River, minister, male; Garry Morrison, Iglesia Bautista Betel (U), Hildebran, Catawba Valley, minister, male; Phillip Oakley, Calvary, Morganton (U), Morganton, Catawba River, minister, male; Donald Warren, (2015 unexpired term of Scott Hardin), Parkwood (O), Gastonia, Greater Gaston, lay person, male.
Region 9 – David Spray, Pisgah Forest (O), Etowah, Transylvania, minister, male; Howard (Cloyes) Starnes, (2014 unexpired term of Danny Hedgepeth), Encouraging Word (U), Waynesville, Haywood, minister, male.
Region 10 – Mitchell Shields, Little Brasstown (O), Murphy, Truett, minister, male.

Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina

William Lewis Boddie, Rocky Mount First (O), Rocky Mount, North Roanoke, lay person, male; Michael D. Bowers, (2014 unexpired term of Tannis Nelson), Rich Fork (O), Lexington, Liberty, minister, male; Bobby Boyd, Woodlawn (O), Conover, Catawba Valley, lay person, male; Betty Greene, Mt. Vernon (O), Boone, Three Forks, lay person, female; John F. Lee, Wilson First (O), Nashville, South Roanoke, lay person, male; Lyndell Pate, Rockwell First (O), Rockwell, Rowan, lay person, male; Marian Phillips, Oakley (U), Siler City, Sandy Creek, lay person, female; Eric Vernon, Sanford First (O), Sanford, Sandy Creek, lay person, male; Sterling Wall, Lexington First (O), Lexington, Liberty, lay person, male; Jay Westmoreland, Charlotte First (O), Fort Mill, Metrolina, lay person, male.

Biblical Recorder

Kelli Benfield, Calvary, Winston-Salem (O), Winston-Salem, Pilot Mountain, lay person, female; Chester Jones, (2016 unexpired term of Ed Trull), Peachtree Memorial (O), Murphy, Truett, minister, male; Charles Love III, (2014 unexpired term of James “J.C.” Bradley), Pine Valley (O), Wilmington, Wilmington, minister, male; Lee Pigg, Hopewell (O), Monroe, Union, minister, male; Michael Smith, Fruitland (O), Hendersonville, Carolina, minister, male; Ed Yount, Woodlawn (O), Conover, Catawba Valley, minister, male.

North Carolina Baptist Foundation

Jack Cooper, Corinth (O), Elizabeth City, Chowan, lay person, male; Dale Fisher, Mt. Zion (O), Hudson, Caldwell, minister, male; Mary Lucille (Molly) Foy, Carmel (O), Charlotte, Metrolina, lay person, female; Harvey Montague, Macedonia (O), Raleigh, Raleigh, lay person, male; Jerome W. (Jerry) Rodgers Jr., Hickory First (O), Denver, Catawba Valley, minister, male.

North Carolina Baptist Hospital

Carol Polk, Ardmore (O), Winston-Salem, Pilot Mountain, lay person, female*; William C. Warden Jr., Wilkesboro (O), Wilkesboro, Brushy Mountain, lay person, male; Sheree Watson, First Hickory (O), Hickory, Catawba Valley, lay person, female.
*Elected to three-year term as part of the realignment of the Board of Trustees for North Carolina Baptist Hospital

Committee on Convention Meetings

Paul Arnold, Olive Chapel (O), Apex, Raleigh, minister, male; David Ethridge, Fairview (O), Raleigh, Raleigh, lay person, male; Scott Faw, Moon’s Chapel (U), Staley, Sandy Creek, minister, male; Josh Greene, Green Meadows (U), Mocksville, Pilot Mountain, minister, male; Gloria Ann South, New Friendship (O), Lexington, Liberty, lay person, female; Luis Tejera, Hickory Grove Baptist Church Latin Campus (O), Charlotte, Metrolina, minister, male; Joel Stephens, Chair, Westfield (O), Westfield, Surry, minister, male.

Committee on Resolutions and Memorials

Robert O. Lyerly Jr., Charlotte First (O), Indian Trail, Metrolina, lay person, male; Phillips L. McRae, Troy First (U), Troy, Montgomery, minister, male; Allen Williams, Salem, Whitakers (U), Whitakers, North Roanoke, minister, male; Jeffery Broadwell, Chair, Long Branch (O), Lumberton, Robeson, minister, male.

Historical Committee

Robbie Gibson, East Sanford (U), Sanford, Sandy Creek, minister, male; Weeks Parker, Snyder Memorial (O), Fayetteville, New South River, lay person, male; Richard Price, Elm Grove (U), Rocky Mount, North Roanoke, minister, male; Rick Rogers, Roanoke (U), Roanoke Rapids, North Roanoke, minister, male; Todd Parker, Chair, Edgewood (U), Winston-Salem, Pilot Mountain, lay person, male.
9/27/2013 12:24:43 PM by BSC | with 0 comments

Gardner-Webb addresses hunger through backpack program

September 27 2013 by Gardner-Webb Office of University & Media Relations

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. – Many Americans are still struggling to put food on the table, a full four years after the global recession ended, a new poll by Gallup shows. 
“I’ve been passionate about this issue for years,” said Lou Ann Scates, registrar at Gardner-Webb University (GWU) and one of the founders of Gardner-Webb’s Bulldog Backpack Program. “It hits me deep and pulls at my soul.”  
A few years ago, she and Susan Manahan, a GWU biology professor, read an article about the pandemic of child hunger, and both women immediately wanted to do something about it locally. They created the Bulldog Backpack program in 2010.  The initiative provides non-perishable food items to hungry Springmore Elementary School (Boiling Springs, N.C.) students and their families on a regular basis.

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Lou Ann Scates, left, and Susan Manahan, created the Bulldog Backpack program to respond to hunger in the Boiling Springs area.

By working with the school’s social worker, Scates and Manahan identified approximately 20 children whose family situations were desperate. While the families can manage one modest meal each day, and students benefit from free and reduced breakfast and lunch programs at school, a family’s food resources often become most scarce over the weekend. Social workers say that’s when kids often go hungry.
To address this need, Manahan and Scates began collecting backpacks and food items from the Gardner-Webb community.  Now, each Friday, the backpacks are stuffed with food and delivered to the students’ bus drivers, who give them to the students as they head home for the weekend.
“I often get a warm, happy feeling on Saturday mornings after I have delivered the backpacks, especially in the winter,” Manahan said. “I am thinking that some child is drinking hot chocolate or eating hot cereal from the backpack when they might otherwise be going without.”
When the program first began, the backpacks were given to 15 families on a biweekly basis. Now, dozens of Gardner-Webb faculty, staff, and students give regularly and several classes have embraced the project as a service-learning opportunity.
To continue making a difference, the Bulldog Backpack program is in constant need of food donations. A food drive is being planned for the Sept. 28 home football game against Point University (West Point, Ga.), to be held at 6 p.m. at Spangler Stadium.  
Donations are accepted outside the registrar’s office in the Dover Campus Center.
For more information, contact Scates ( at (704) 406-4263 or Manahan ( at (704) 406-4370.  
9/27/2013 12:13:45 PM by Gardner-Webb Office of University & Media Relations | with 0 comments

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