Conservatives take top three BSC posts
November 15 2002 by Steve DeVane , BR Managing Editor

Conservatives take top three BSC posts | Friday, Nov 15, 2002

Friday, Nov 15, 2002

Conservatives take top three BSC posts

By Steve DeVane BR Managing Editor

WINSTON-SALEM - Conservatives swept the top three offices of the Baptist State Convention (BSC) at the BSC's annual meeting Nov. 11-13.

Jerry Pereira was re-elected president, Bob Foy was re-elected first vice president and David Horton was elected second vice president. All three were unopposed.

Horton's election marks the first time in at least 20 years that a non-incumbent has been unopposed for a BSC office.

All three officers have indicated a willingness to work with moderates and support for the BSC four giving plans.

Pereira, pastor of First Baptist Church of Swannanoa, and Foy, a layman from Peninsula Baptist Church in Mooresville, were first elected last year. BSC officers are eligible for two one-year terms.

Horton is pastor of Gate City Baptist Church in Greensboro.

The elections mark the seventh year in the last eight that conservatives have controlled at least two of the top three BSC offices.

The president and the two vice presidents form a committee to nominate N.C. Baptists to the Committee on Committees, which nominates the Committee on Nominations. That committee nominates members of the BSC General Board and trustees and directors of N.C. Baptist agencies and institutions. The General Board must approve nominees to the Committee on Committees.

Some conservatives say that moderates continue to have too much control on the General Board. An article in the Conservative Record, the newsletter of Conservative Carolina Baptists, has called for the election of only conservatives to N.C. Baptist boards for the next three years.

In an interview after his election, Pereira said the Conservative Record article represents "one man's opinion." He said that he prays and seeks the Lord's wisdom about his appointments.

When asked if he thought conservatives are not well represented on the General Board, Pereira said he didn't know who was a conservative and who was a moderate on the board.

"I just don't have that knowledge," he said.

Pereira said that if there is an imbalance, it should be addressed.

In other action, Ray W. Benfield was re-elected recording secretary and Gene Booker was re-elected assistant recording secretary.

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