Patterson re-elected SBC president
___By Marv Knox
___ATLANTA--Paige Patterson received a second term at the helm of the Southern Baptist Convention June 15, when messengers to the SBC's annual meeting re-elected him as president without opposition.
___SBC messengers also elected Georgia pastor Frank Cox as first vice president and Alabama pastor Jerry Spencer as second vice president.
___Patterson "served us well" in the past year as SBC president, stressed Junior Hill, an evangelist and member of Westmeade Baptist Church in Decatur, Ala., who nominated him.
___Patterson, 56, is thoughtful, wise, tempered, restrained and "uncompromising in his
call for biblical righteousness and New Testament evangelism," Hill said.
|SBC OFFICERS are Lee Porter, Jerry Spencer, Paige Patterson, Frank Cox and John Yeats. (BP photo)
___He cited the rapid growth and "spirit of revival" that has characterized Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C., under Patterson's leadership as president the past seven years.
___Patterson helped design the 20-year movement that turned the SBC in a more conservative direction. As president, Patterson exhibited positive leadership in several areas, Hill said.
___"Southern Baptists have seen a side of this gifted man many did not know existed," he explained. He cited Patterson's abilities as a preacher, his call to start churches and reach cities with the gospel and his challenge to baptize 500,000 new Christians in America in one year's time.
___"Dr. Paige Patterson has challenged us to rise to a new level," Hill said. "I, for one, never have been more happy to be called a Southern Baptist. I am excited we have a man like Dr. Paige Patterson to be our leader."
___Before becoming president of Southeastern Seminary, Patterson was president of Criswell College in Dallas, associate pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas, and pastor of churches in Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas.
___Cox, senior pastor of North Metro First Baptist Church in suburban Atlanta, also was elected without opposition.
___"He has Baptists on his heart and will be fully supportive of Dr. Paige Patterson," pledged James Merritt, pastor of First Baptist Church in Snellville, Ga., who nominated him.
___Spencer, pastor of Ridgecrest Baptist Church in Dothan, Ala., won the second vice presidency over Paul Russell, pastor of Sunridge Baptist Church in Seabring, Fla. Spencer received 1,817 votes (52 percent) to 1,706 for Russell (48 percent).
___Messengers also elected two secretaries for the convention.
___John Yeats, editor of the Baptist Messenger, newspaper of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, was re-elected recording secretary without opposition.
___Incumbent Registration Secretary Lee Porter of Atlanta won re-election over former foreign missionary Teresa Norris, a staff member at Riverside Baptist Church in Denver and wife of Rob Norris, director of missions for Southern Baptists in Denver. Porter received 2,205 votes (62 percent) to 1,351 votes (38 percent) for Norris.
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