Yeats re-elected to SBC secretary posts
--By Don Hinkle
ATLANTA, June 16--Lee Porter and John Yeats, were re-elected as
registration and recording secretaries, respectively, of the Southern Baptist Convention
Porter, a retired pastor, denominational worker and member of John's
Creek Baptist Church, Alpharetta, Ga., defeated Teresa Norris of Denver, Colo., 2,205 (62
percent) to 1,351 (38 percent).
Yeats, editor of the Baptist Messenger newsjournal and director of
communications for the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, was elected by acclamation.
Porter, who has served 22 years as registration secretary, was
nominated by Mike Tignor, pastor of Memorial Baptist Church, Baytown, Texas.
"As a result of serving as credentials committee chairman during
this annual meeting, I have seen firsthand Dr. Porter's dedication ... and commitment to
accuracy, excellence and fairness," Tignor said. "Consequently, my nomination of
Dr. Porter is not motivated by sentimental feelings or my desire to keep a tradition
intact. He has given much to Southern Baptists and ... he is willing to give again."
Charles Sullivan, executive director-treasurer of the State Convention
of Baptists in Indiana, nominated Yeats.
"I recommend .... John Yeats because he has already served us the
past two years in a very superb and gracious fashion." Sullivan said. "He is
imminently qualified in this position."
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