Southern Baptist Convention’s Asian American Collective Holds First Meeting

Southern Baptist Convention’s Asian American Collective Holds First Meeting
Peter Yanes, executive director of Asian American relations and mobilization at the SBC Executive Committee, speaks at the Asian American Collective meeting June 13, 2021, at the Music City Center in Nashville. Photo by Abbey Sprinkle

NASHVILLE (BP) – About 130 people from most of 27 Southern Baptists’ distinct Asian cultures met for the “Asian American Kickoff Gathering” Sunday (June 13) in a double-sized room at the Music City Center.

It was the first meeting of the newly formed Asian American Collective spearheaded by Peter Yanes, the SBC’s executive director of Asian American Relations and Mobilization.

“We are no longer a mission field,” Yanes told the group comprising the SBC’s eight ethnic fellowships and others. “We are a mission force.”

Asian American leaders who spoke included Dan Santiago, from the Filipino Southern Baptist Fellowship of North America, Jonathan Hayashi, who is Japanese; and Hyung Lee and James Kang, both Korean.

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Source: Karen Willoughby, Baptist Press

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