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Georgia Baptists among SBC Disaster Relief workers honored at annual conference


HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (BP) - Ten Southern Baptist Disaster Relief workers have been recognized for their commitment and sacrifice in disaster relief efforts across North America and the world.

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A patient has a head wound addressed by a doctor. Cuts and scrapes were a significant part of the injuries treated by Georgia Baptist volunteers to tsunami victims in Banda Aceh. More teams will be departing to the region this summer with the intent on helping more with reconstruction efforts.

Among those honored were Jim Richardson, director of Georgia Baptist Convention Disaster Relief, and the late Joel Phillips of Conyers.

More than 300 leaders from 33 state Baptist conventions attended the 2005 Disaster Relief Roundtable meeting April 26-28 at First Baptist Church in Hendersonville, Tenn.

Richardson, a member of Hebron Baptist Church in Dacula, has served as pastor of three Georgia churches in Pinehurst, Moultrie and Columbus. In addition to national responses throughout the United States, Richardson has led international response teams to South America, Central America, the Middle East and Asia.

"As he prepares his teams for the activity of the day, he uses the Bible and prayer to encourage volunteers to help those affected by disaster," Mickey Caison, NAMB's adult volunteer mobilization manager, said.

Joel Phillips

The 2005 National Disaster Relief Steering Committee renamed the Outstanding Achievement Award the Joel W. Phillips Outstanding Achievement Award.

Phillips, a member of First Baptist Conyers who served as national offsite coordinator for Southern Baptist Disaster Relief with NAMB, died of a heart attack at his home on Sept. 29, 2004.

Before joining NAMB in 2000, Phillips served for 22 years on staff at four Southern Baptist churches in Georgia as a youth minister, associate pastor and senior pastor.

Phillips authored several Southern Baptist Disaster Relief training manuals and is credited with modernizing NAMB's disaster operations center with state-of-the-art technology. Phillips also pioneered NAMB's Web-based system designed to connect volunteers with mission projects around the country at

Phillips is survived by his wife, Linda, and four adult children: Leah, Ruth, Andrew and Seth.


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Jim Richardson, director for Georgia Baptist Disaster relief, was recently recognized for his work in disaster relief efforts around the world. At right is Terry Henderson, national Southern Baptist Disaster Relief director.

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Linda Phillips accepts an award in honor of her late husband Joel from national Southern Baptist Disaster Relief Director Terry Henderson. Joel Phillips, a member of First Baptist Conyers, died last September of a heart attack in his home. Phillips had served as national offsite coordinator for Southern Baptist Disaster Relief with the North American Mission Board and had been a longtime contributor in many ways to disaster relief efforts. The presentation signified the establishment of the Joel W. Phillips Outstanding Achievement Award.