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Partnerships lengthened, recognized at Columbus Convention


Messengers to the 184th meeting of the Georgia Baptist Convention witnessed the growth of relationships and partnerships in addition to the move to sever ties with Mercer University. A record 104 new churches were welcomed into the Convention, 32 more than last year. Moreover, members from 310 ethnic and 116 African-American congregations spoke to messengers.

Partnerships in Moldova, California and New York were recognized and will continue while partnerships with France and Utah-Idaho came to an end. Executive Director J. Robert White reported that Georgia Baptists had given $4,390,156 to Hurricane Katrina relief and that the Convention had adopted Hancock County, Miss. as a partnership area for long-term rebuilding.

Sherri Brown

Georgia Baptist pastor Andy Hammack and family sing for Convention messengers at the annual meeting. Hammack recently concluded a pastorate in Manchester and may be reached at (706) 846-1292 or

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Jerry Baker, specialist with Language Missions Ministries, stands at far left with one of the representatives from various ethnic churches in the Georgia Baptist Convention. As part of the introduction, each representative would speak to messengers in the primary language of his or her church.

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Tim Clark, executive director of Utah-Idaho Baptist Convention, presents a photo to J. Robert White, executive director of GBC. The Utah-Idaho partnership ends this year.

Joe Westbury

Pages serving at this yearís annual meeting in Columbus, left to right (first row) Sydney King of Beech Haven Baptist Church in Athens; Rebecca Gonzalez of Plainview Baptist Church in Griffin; and, back row, Joseph Castleberry and James Tripp of Harps Crossing Baptist Church in Fayetteville, Mark Thomas of Maynard Baptist Church in Forsyth, and Shaphan Helms of Harps Crossing. The pages served through Menís Ministries and Womanís Missionary Union of the state convention.

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Amy Parker, from Hunter Road Church, Cataula, left, talks with Tiffany Speir, from Bethel Church, Blakely, during the ministerís wives luncheon. The luncheon featured Angela Thomas, author and speaker.