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Waters is nominee for GBC president


VALDOSTA — Morningside Baptist Church pastor Wayne Robertson has announced his intentions to nominate fellow pastor John Waters as president of the Georgia Baptist Convention.

Waters, pastor of First Baptist Church of Statesboro since 2005, has been active at various levels of Georgia Baptist life:

He previously served as vice president of Brewton-Parker College in Mount Vernon.

He has served on the GBC Executive Committee as both a member and as chairman of the policy-making body’s Administration Committee.

Last year he served as president of the Georgia Baptist Preaching Conference.

He was elected as first vice president of the convention during the GBC annual meeting in Albany,

“During the past several years, numerous individuals have expressed a growing interest in John being placed in nomination for president of the convention. I think this has come about because of his stellar leadership in other areas of our state convention,” Robertson stated.

The Valdosta pastor stated that his candidate “has the head of an administrator, heart of a pastor, and hands of a servant. His experience and excellent leadership uniquely qualify him to serve as president.”

Robertson also stated that Waters “is a devoted preacher of the gospel, a passionate soul-winner, and has long been a supporter and champion of the Cooperative Program.

During the past five years of his ministry at First Statesboro he has led the church to give $1.75 million through the Cooperative Program. It was Waters who made the motion on the floor of the annual SBC meeting in Orlando that modified the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force Report to include far stronger wording in support of the Cooperative Program. The document, as amended, was overwhelmingly adopted by messengers.

Robertson noted that Waters accepted Christ as a child in 1973 in a church outside of Tokyo, which was supported through missions giving of Southern Baptists. Waters and his wife, Cynthia, have been married for 26 years and have two grown daughters – Trisha and Bethany.