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Georgia pastor elected SBC first vice president
-- By Norman Miller
    ATLANTA, June 15--Frank Cox, senior pastor of North Metro First Baptist Church in suburban Atlanta, was elected by acclamation as first vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention June 15.
    Cox was nominated by James Merritt, pastor of First Baptist Church, Snellville, Ga., and the SBC Executive Committee's outgoing chairman.
    Cox is a graduate of Mercer University, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and Luther Rice Seminary.
    Merritt said attendance at North Metro has grown from 500 to 3,800 under Cox's leadership. In the last 10 years, the church's Sunday school and worship attendance has tripled and baptisms have averaged 180 in the last nine years.
    "Under his ministry, 93 people have surrendered to full-time Christian service," Merritt added.
    The church gives 13 percent of its undesignated receipts to the Cooperative Program, Southern Baptists' unified giving channel.
    With no other nominations being offered, the SBC's recording secretary, Lee Porter, cast the convention's ballot for Cox, electing the pastor by acclamation.

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