Messengers Elect 2014 SCBC Officers

2014 OfficersD.J. Horton, pastor of Anderson Mill Road Baptist Church in Moore was elected the 2014 president of the South Carolina Baptist Convention during the Wednesday morning session of the South Carolina Baptist Convention’s annual meeting at Shandon Baptist Church, in Columbia.
 
Horton, nominated by pastor Sonny Holmes of Northwood Baptist Church, in North Charleston, defeated Dusty Bradshaw, pastor of Hillcrest Baptist Church, in North Charleston, 244-163. Bradshaw was nominated by Skip Owens, pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Meggett. There were 408 ballots cast in the election with 407 counted and one ballot disqualified.
 
Elected by acclimation and without opposition were: Tommy Kelley, pastor, Varnville First Baptist Church, first vice president; Shane Donald, pastor, Cedar Shoals Baptist Church, Belton, second vice president; and, Verla Bennie, ministry assistant, First Baptist Church Mauldin, recording secretary.
 
Bart Kelley, pastor of Bethel Baptist Church, Westminster, was elected the convention’s 2014 registration secretary over Clark Carter, dean of students at Charleston Southern University, Charleston, and member of Northwood Baptist Church in North Charleston, 224-164. There were 391 votes cast and 388 votes counted. There were three votes that were disqualified.
 
Speaking at a post-session press conference, President Horton, 36, said he plans to represent South Carolina Baptist missions and evangelism to both South Carolina Baptists and outside South Carolina Baptist circles.
 
“We need to continue to tell our story of the great ministry occurring in and through South Carolina,” he said.
 
Horton said he hopes to lead the planning of a 2014 annual meeting that will be one of the most attended annual meetings in the convention’s history, and will call on state pastors to get behind and support coming together for celebration of ministry. The meeting will be Tuesday-Wednesday, November 11-12 at Shandon Baptist Church, in Columbia.
 
Horton grew up in Alabama, the son of a bi-vocational Southern Baptist pastor who also worked as a local school teacher.

“I grew up Southern Baptist, and at every major intersection of my life was a Southern Baptist pointing me in the best direction,” he said.

Horton and his wife, Laurel, have been married 13 years and have four children. The family has a pending adoption of a child from Ethiopia.

Anderson Mill Road Baptist Church averages 800 in Sunday School each week.

In other news, messengers:

 RECEIVED greetings from Southern Baptist Convention representatives: Wint Fox, missionary, International Mission Board; Stephen Davis, vice president, South Region, North American Mission Board; Tom Hellams, vice president of corporate relations, LifeWay Christian Resources of Nashville.

Frank Page, president of the SBC Executive Committee in Nashville, and former pastor at Taylors First Baptist Church in Taylors, Frank Pagealso brought greetings to the messengers.

 “The headquarters of the Southern Baptist Convention is not in Nashville; it is in the local church,” he said. “When your giving dollars come to us, we work very hard to get that money allocated to the field as quickly as possible, and we keep less and less of it for administrative work. More and more of your budget dollars go directly to missions and ministry, and it’s happening at the SBC Executive Committee. We want every man, woman, boy and girl to have the living water (of the gospel).”

Page said he was involved in leading cooperative missions giving before he was paid through the Southern Baptist Convention to do that. He challenged messengers to increase Cooperative Program funding by one percent each year. 

 Welsh Neck AwardAPPLAUDED the recognition of Welsh Neck Baptist Church in Society Hill, which is the convention’s third oldest church at 275 years. In celebrating its anniversary, Welsh Neck and pastor Eric Sloan were recognized for digitizing all of the church records. The recognition was provided by Mayson Easterling, chairman of the convention’s History Committee.

 RECEIVED the 2014 Committee on Committees as appointed by convention president Ralph Carter.

 APPROVED a motion from Bryant Sims, pastor, First Mt Moriah Baptist Church, that affirms, supports and finances Baptist Campus Ministry in South Carolina in light of the Baptist Convention of North Carolina’s decision this year to defund Campus Ministry in that state.

There were 888 messengers registered for the 2013 annual meeting.

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