North American Mission Board Trustees Honor Chaplains & Elect Officers

After worship and a time of celebrating the work of Southern Baptist chaplains, North American Mission Board trustees ended their dinner Monday, May 20, by praying for the chaplains who were in attendance. Chaplains serving in the military, law enforcement, health care and marketplace ministry were on hand for the celebration. Photo by Jake Pearce/NAMB

North American Mission Board (NAMB) trustees met May 20-21 at NAMB’s building in Alpharetta, Ga., highlighting their visit with a Monday night dinner honoring Southern Baptist chaplains and the faithfulness with which they carry out their ministry.

“We love our missionaries and chaplains,” Ezell said. “I am grateful for the sacrifices you make and how you take the Gospel to those who need it.”

Chaplains serving in the military, law enforcement, health care and marketplace ministry were on hand for the celebration. Doug Carver, executive director of chaplaincy and a retired major general from the U.S. Army, led attendees in a time of worship. After the dinner, Ezell asked trustees to gather around the chaplains for prayer.

Tuesday morning (May 21) in their full board meeting, trustees received reports from committees and took action on various resolutions:

— Trustees approved a $124 million fiscal year 2020 operating budget.

— Matt Smith, chief financial officer at NAMB, reported to trustees that NAMB’s year-to-date revenue outpaced budget by 2.6 percent and expenses have run 6.7 percent under budget. Since Easter fell three weeks later this year than in 2018, revenue from the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering is expected to lag slightly behind until later this summer.

— In their annual election of officers, NAMB trustees re-elected Eric Thomas, pastor of First Baptist Church, Norfolk, Va., as second vice chairman; Danny de Armas, senior associate pastor of First Baptist Church in Orlando, Fla., was re-elected vice chairman; and Danny Wood, pastor of Shades Mountain Church in Birmingham, Ala., was re-elected chairman.

— Ezell recognized two trustees who are completing their terms of service. David Parks, a member of Porter Memorial Baptist Church in Lexington, Ky., and Randall Spurgeon, pastor of Ansted Baptist Church in Ansted, W.Va., are both completing their terms in June.

In his report to trustees, Ezell shared about the May 19 building dedication at First Baptist Church, Sutherland Springs, Texas. NAMB funded construction of new worship and education buildings for the church after a Sunday morning attack by a gunman killed 26 and injured 20 worshippers at the small church on Nov. 5, 2017. See related Baptist Press story.

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Source: Baptist Press