NEW ORLEANS—Prominently featured in this year’s annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in New Orleans were several Maryland/Delaware Baptists.
Kevin Ezell of the North American Mission Board recognized the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware as seeing the fastest start to church planting in history with more than 30 churches started the first six months of 2012.
David Lee, BCM/D Executive Director, was also recognized because the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware (a convention of fewer than 500 congregations) was the top giver to the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering.
In addition, several Maryland/Delaware messengers, shown in alphabetical order, served and/or were honored during this year’s annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention:
Robert Anderson of Colonial Baptist Church, ending eight years as an SBC Executive Committee member, received a denominational appreciation award from the Black Southern Baptist Denominational Servants Network;
Jessie Arce of Healing Water Bible Church International in Bear, Del., and Samuel Nuon of First Cambodian Baptist Church in Reston, Va., were featured in the NAMB’s “The Faces of the SBC” exhibit;
Byron Day of Immanuel Baptist, Laurel, Md., and Ellis Prince of Gallery Church, Baltimore, served on the 2012 Committee on Committees. Day also served as secretary of the National African American Fellowship;
James Dixon of El Bethel Baptist completed his two-year term as president of the National African American Fellowship;
Dennis Kim of Global Mission Church in Silver Spring, Md., served on the 2012 Committee on Resolutions.
David Lee, among other entity heads, presented remarks at the annual National African American Fellowship banquet;
Sherry Lee, BCM/D missionary for ministers’ wives and families, was selected to be on the board of officers for the 2014 Ministers’ Wives’ Luncheon;
Gayla Parker, executive director of Maryland/Delaware’s WMU, hosted a book-signing of “Active Compassion: A Calling to Care,” during the annual WMU missions celebration and annual meeting held prior to the annual meeting;
Parker, assisted by her husband, Freddy, also led Southern Baptist students, who “prayer”-cached throughout downtown New Orleans through their Youth on Mission experience during the annual meeting;
Ellis Prince of Gallery Church and Kevin Marsico of NorthStar Community Church in Ijamsville, Md., represented the Northeast region in NAMB’s Send North America effort.
Ellen Udovich, BCM/D team strategist for Acts 1:8 missions involvement, assisted in Crossover New Orleans events held prior to the annual meeting.
Other Maryland/Delaware messengers were elected to serve as SBC committee members and trustees:
Brian M. Corrick of Nanjemoy Baptist was elected to served as an Ethnics and Religious Liberty Commission trustee.
Cecil B. Cunigan of Colonial Baptist, Randallstown, Md., and Nelson Miles of Friendship Baptist, Sykesville, Md., were elected to serve on the 2012-2013 Committee on Nominations.
David A. Hall of Oak Grove Baptist, Bel Air, Md., was elected to serve on the SBC Executive Committee.
Bob Simpson of The Church at Severn Run, Md., was elected to serve as a LifeWay trustee, and
Victor Simpson of Emmanuel Baptist in Huntingtown, Md., was elected to serve as a Golden Gate Seminary trustee.