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Executive Committee elects officers in final meeting of 2004


The Georgia Baptist Convention Executive Committee elected new officers and heard committee reports during its regularly scheduled meeting Dec. 14 at the Baptist Center.

Wayne Hamrick was elected chairman to succeed outgoing chairman Danny Watters. Hamrick, former pastor of Cartersville’s Atco Baptist Church and now a fulltime evangelist, will serve with newly elected vice chairman Mike Everson, pastor of Pray’s Mill Baptist Church in Douglasville. In other business Ray Newman, convention meeting planning and conference center promotion specialist, was named to lead the convention’s office of Ethics and Public Affairs. Newman had been providing interim leadership for that position following the retirement of longtime director Emmett Henderson in January 2004.

Joe Westbury

Wayne Hamrick, left, will serve as chairman of the Georgia Baptist Convention's Executive Committee following his election in December. Serving with Hamrick will be Mike Everson, right, who was elected vice chairman of the policy-making group.

Executive Committee members also accepted the resignation of Lester Cooper as chief parliamentarian for the convention. Cooper, who has served as director of missions for the Atlanta Association of Southern Baptists since its founding nearly 4 years ago, has served as chief parliamentarian or as one of the parliamentarians for the convention for 15 years.

GBC Executive Director J. Robert White reported that construction of the new Baptist Center at the Sugarloaf Interchange on Interstate 85 was on schedule with a tentative completion date of 18 months.