Fellowship moderator names task force to explore ways to partner with BWA

By Lance Wallace, CBF Communications
Tuesday, June 29, 2004
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Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Moderator Bob Setzer Jr., pastor of First Baptist Church, Macon, Ga., applauds as Denton Lotz, Baptist World Alliance general secretary, brings greetings to the 2004 General Assembly in Birmingham, Ala. Stanley Leary photo.

ATLANTA – The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship’s new moderator has announced the appointment of a task force on the Baptist World Alliance to explore ways the Fellowship can be a good partner.

Bob Setzer Jr., pastor of First Baptist Church, Macon, Ga., became moderator of the Fellowship at the close of the General Assembly in Birmingham, June 26. His first official action was the naming of the task force.

"Fellowship Baptists are excited about being admitted into our world Baptist family," Setzer said. "We look forward to joining hands and hearts with our Baptist brothers and sisters from all over the world."

Walter Shurden, executive director of the Center for Baptist Studies at Mercer University in Macon, Ga., will serve as chair of the task force, and Hardy Clemons, retired pastor of First Baptist Church, Greenville, S.C., has agreed to serve as vice chair. The other members of the task force are as follows:

  • Carolyn Anderson, coordinator, Florida CBF, Lakeland, Fla.
  • Marv Knox, editor, The Baptist Standard, Dallas, Texas
  • Emmanuel L. McCall, pastor, Christian Fellowship Baptist Church, College Park, Ga.
  • Julie Pennington-Russell, pastor, Calvary Baptist Church, Waco, Texas
  • Guy Sayles Jr., pastor, First Baptist Church, Asheville, N.C.

Barbara Baldridge, co-coordinator of CBF Global Missions, and Setzer will serve on the committee as ex officio members.

"You can see from the caliber of the people on this task force that the Fellowship is serious about being a good, contributing partner to the BWA," Setzer said.

The task force will begin its work immediately. Setzer hopes the task force will have a preliminary report to the Coordinating Council in October.

"In 2005, the BWA will celebrate its centennial year as a worldwide Baptist movement committed to evangelism, crisis relief and religious liberty," Setzer said. "We hope by that meeting, Fellowship Baptists will have a new appreciation for our partnership with BWA and will go to Birmingham, England, to celebrate this new beginning for our movement."

CBF is a fellowship of Baptist Christians and churches who share a passion for the Great Commission and a commitment to Baptist principles of faith and practice. The Fellowship’s mission is to serve Christians and churches as they discover and fulfill their God-given mission.

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