September 1, 1999

Baptist Briefs
___bluebull Baptist family suffers losses in Turkey. Four of the five children of a Georgia Baptist woman were killed in western Turkey's massive earthquake Aug. 17. Jan Kilic, a member of Mount Vernon Baptist Church in Sandy Springs, Ga., and her 3-year-old daughter, Natalie, survived the earthquake. The four Kilic children killed were Jeffrey Michael, 6, Jennifer Kayla, 5, David Tansan, 2, and Katherine "Katie" Michelle, 9 months old, along with Jan Kilic's father-in-law, Nizam Kilic. The family members were vacationing in Turkey, where the Kilic family has relatives. Jan Kilic has been a member of Mount Vernon Baptist Church in Atlanta six years.

___bluebull Dyer to lead Women in Ministry. Raye Nell Dyer, an ordained Baptist minister who works as a chaplain at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn., is the new president of Baptist Women in Ministry. Dyer was elected at the group's recent annual meeting in Birmingham, Ala. She succeeds Becca Gurney, a former associate pastor in Austin, who was president two years.

___bluebull BWA to buy building. The Baptist World Alliance's General Council has approved plans to purchase a building in the Washington, D.C., area as its new headquarters. BWA General Secretary Denton Lotz was given permission to proceed with the purchase of the 25,000-square-foot building at a cost of more than $2 million. The exact location of the building has not been disclosed, since negotiations are ongoing.

___bluebull South Korean nominated to lead BWA. Billy Jang Hwan Kim, pastor of the 7,000-member Central Baptist Church of Suwon, South Korea, and an international broadcaster and evangelist, has been nominated to become the next president of the Baptist World Alliance. His nomination by the BWA General Council will be considered by participants in the BWA World Congress in Melbourne, Australia, in January.


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