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Yeats, Wells get re-nominations for SBC posts
Baptist Press
June 04, 2010
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Yeats, Wells get re-nominations for SBC posts

Yeats, Wells get re-nominations for SBC posts
Baptist Press
June 04, 2010

John L. Yeats and Jim

Wells have received nominations to repeat their roles —recording secretary and

registration secretary, respectively — for the Southern Baptist Convention

(SBC) during the June 15-16 annual meeting in Orlando, Fla.

About John Yeats

“John Yeats has a passion for the Lord Jesus Christ reflected in his continued

faithfulness to proclaim the gospel and his diligence to mobilize others for

the Great Commission,” said James B. Law, pastor of First Baptist Church in

Gonzales, La. “He stands upon the authority of God’s word and has demonstrated

integrity in his ministry, in season and out of season. He is fully acquainted

with our common labor as Southern Baptists and would continue to serve us well

as recording secretary of the convention. “

Law is a member of the 2010 SBC Resolutions Committee and of the SBC Executive

Committee.

Last year’s annual meeting in Louisville, Ky., marked Yeats’ 12th annual

meeting as recording secretary.

The SBC recording secretary is responsible for the record of the proceedings of

the Southern Baptist Convention, training volunteer pages and the final edit of

the SBC Book of Reports and the SBC Annual. He also serves as an ex officio

member of the SBC Executive Committee.

Yeats designed the process currently used for the flow of information from the

convention floor to the platform and distribution to the Order of Business

Committee, a process that has enhanced the accuracy of the official record.

Yeats currently serves as director of communications for the Louisiana Baptist

Convention, edits the LBCLive missions magazine and is interim pastor of First

Baptist Church in Rayville, La. He is a former editor of state Baptist papers

in Oklahoma and Indiana and has served churches in six states during his 40

years of pastoral ministry.

Yeats is a graduate of Dallas Baptist University and Southwestern Baptist

Theological Seminary.

In 2006, he received a doctor of ministry degree from

Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Mo.

Information for First Baptist Church in Rayville, La., from Southern Baptists’

Annual Church Profile survey for the most recent year, 2009, lists 12 baptisms

and primary worship service attendance of 320. The church gave $71,853, or 9

percent, through the Cooperative Program from total undesignated receipts of

$798,564. According to the ACP, the church’s total mission expenditures were

$162,870, including $8,435 for the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for

International Missions and $2,783 for the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for

North American Missions.

About Jim Wells

Jim Locke, senior pastor of Hillcrest Baptist Church in Pensacola, Fla., said

Wells, who is director of missions for the Tri-County Baptist Association in southwest

Missouri, has done an “outstanding” job as registration secretary since he was

first elected to the position in 2002.

“I’ve known Jim personally and professionally for over 10 years,” Locke said. “For

five of these years, I worked closely with Jim as director of missions during

my tenure as pastor of First Baptist Church in Forsyth, Mo. Jim is a Christian

leader whose heart beats for pastors. He quickly became a good friend who

offered wise counsel, personal encouragement and a Christ-like example.

“I also served alongside Jim as chairman of the Credentials Committee at the

2005 annual meeting in Nashville and witnessed first-hand his administrative

prowess and his graceful abilities with people. His consistent preparation

makes it a joy to serve any of the committees for which he’s responsible,”

Locke said. “Likewise, Jim has brought innovation to the registration process,

overseeing and implementing technological enhancements that have added ease and

effectiveness to convention registration.

“Jim’s credentials for this position are strong. In addition to his eight years

as registration secretary, he’s served as a pastor and director of missions,

and has supported denominational life at the state and national level through

service on numerous boards and agencies,” Locke concluded. “He’s fully

committed to the Bible as the inerrant word of God and reflects the character

of Christ in his daily life. Simply put, he’s one of the most capable,

committed and godly men I know. For these reasons, I am delighted to commend

him personally and recommend him publicly for another term as SBC registration

secretary.”

The Tri-County Baptist Association, which Wells has led for nine years,

received the “Church Planting Association of the Year” award in 2004 from the

Missouri Baptist Convention.

Wells, who is a member of Hopedale Baptist Church in Ozark, Mo., previously

pastored Oakwood Baptist Church in Kansas City, Mo., for 16 years, leading the

church to increase its Cooperative Program giving from 8 percent to more than

16 percent of undesignated receipts. He was in the pastorate more than 32

years.

Wells has been a member of the Missouri Baptist Convention’s executive board

and the SBC Executive Committee.

A Missouri native, Wells holds a master of divinity degree from Midwestern

Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Mo., along with degrees from

Hannibal-LaGrange College and Central Missouri State University.

He and his wife Judy have one daughter, Dana.

Information for Hopedale Baptist Church from Southern Baptists’ Annual Church

Profile survey for the most recent year, 2009, lists 43 baptisms and primary

worship service attendance of 350. The church gave $48,776, or 10.6 percent,

through the Cooperative Program from total undesignated receipts of $458,568.

According to the ACP, the church gave $6,855 for the Lottie Moon Christmas

Offering for International Missions and $3,609 for the Annie Armstrong Easter

Offering for North American Missions.