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Eight Georgians among 41 Baptist leaders affirming Reccord


Updated 05/12/06


DESTIN, Fla. – Eight Georgia Baptist pastors have gone on record affirming the integrity and achievements of former NAMB president Bob Reccord.

Reccord resigned April 17, citing “honest philosophical and methodological differences” with NAMB’s trustees that “have brought us to this point of separate directions.” Reccord had led the mission board since its creation in 1997 as part of the SBC “Covenant for a New Century” restructuring.

Reccord’s resignation followed a March 24 special meeting of NAMB’s 58-member trustee board, who voted to place Reccord under “Executive Level controls” concerning issues addressed in a 19-page report by a nine-member trustee task force. The 13-paragraph statement by Reccord’s supporters, issued April 21, said Reccord had “acted with integrity and character throughout his nine year tenure as NAMB’s President and never more so than in these last tumultuous weeks.”

Among the signers were five former SBC presidents; three state convention executive directors; 27 pastors; and one Baptist university president.

Georgia pastors who signed the document at an annual meeting of megachurch pastors include Michael Catt, Sherwood Baptist Church, Albany; Dean Haun, First Baptist Church, Jonesboro; Johnny Hunt, First Baptist Church, Woodstock; Russell Shinpock, First Baptist Church, Snellville; Larry Wynn, Hebron Baptist Church, Dacula; Bryant Wright, Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, Marietta.

Former SBC presidents James Merritt, senior pastor of CrossPoint Community Church in Duluth; and Jerry Vines, who recently retired to Metro Atlanta from Jacksonsville, Fla. also signed the document.

The complete list of signers includes:

Former SBC presidents Jack Graham, senior pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas; Jim Henry, former senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Orlando, Fla.; James Merritt, senior pastor, CrossPoint Community Church in the Atlanta area; Jerry Vines, former senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Fla.; and H. Edwin Young, senior pastor of Second Baptist Church in Houston.

State convention executive directors David Clippard, Missouri Baptist Convention; Steve Davis, State Convention of Baptists in Indiana; and Anthony Jordan, Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma.

Pastors Michael Catt, Sherwood Baptist Church, Albany, Ga.; Michael Dean, Travis Avenue Baptist Church, Fort Worth, Texas; Ronnie Floyd, First Baptist Church, Springdale, Ark.; Rob Futral, Broadmoor Baptist Church, Madison, Miss.; Michael Hamlet, First Baptist Church, North Spartanburg, S.C.; Dean Haun, First Baptist Church, Jonesboro, Ga.;

Johnny Hunt, First Baptist Church, Woodstock, Ga.; Tony Lambert, Crossgates Baptist Church, Brandon, Miss.; Michel Lewis, Great Hills Baptist Church, Austin, Texas; Hollie Miller, Sevier Heights Baptist Church, Knoxville, Tenn.; Forest Pollock, Bell Shoals Baptist Church, Brandon, Fla.; Richard Powell, McGregor Baptist Church, Fort Myers, Fla.; Russell Shinpock, First Baptist Church, Snellville, Ga.; Jerry Sutton, Two Rivers Baptist Church, Nashville, Tenn.;

Eric Thomas, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church, Norfolk, Va.; Keith Thomas, Cottage Hill Baptist Church, Mobile, Ala.; Ted Traylor, Olive Baptist Church, Pensacola, Fla.; David Uth, First Baptist Church, Orlando; Ken Whitten, Idlewild Baptist Church, Tampa, Fla.; Hayes Wicker, First Baptist Church, Naples, Fla.; Don Wilton, First Baptist Church, Spartanburg, S.C.; Larry Wynn, Hebron Baptist Church, Dacula, Ga.; Danny Wood, Shades Mountain Baptist Church, Birmingham, Ala.; and Bryant Wright, Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, Marietta, Ga.

Others Mark Brister, president, Oklahoma Baptist University; Brent Crowe, national student conference speaker; Danny Forshee, Fort Worth, seminary professor and conference speaker; Tim Groshans, Student Leadership University, Orlando; David McKinnley, senior associate pastor, Prestonwood Baptist Church; Kendall Moore, attorney and trustee for FamilyNet TV; Ike Reighard, chief people officer, HomeBanc Corp, Atlanta; Jay Strack, president/CEO, Student Leadership University, Orlando; and Claude Thomas, Equip Ministries, Atlanta.

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