— John L. Yeats will be re-nominated for another one-year term as recording
secretary of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC)
during the June 14-15 annual meeting in Phoenix,
an SBC seminary leader has announced.
“John Yeats is a respected leader in our convention who has led with skill,
integrity and Christlikeness,” said Russell Moore, dean of the school of
theology at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville,
Ky. “John is held in affection and
admiration by Southern Baptists in every sector of our denominational
“As Southern Baptists move to the future of our convictional, cooperative
mission together, it is critical to have the kind of wise, experienced, gospel-centered
leadership we find in John Yeats,” Moore
Last year’s annual meeting in Orlando, Fla.,
marked Yeats’ 13th 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
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 (LBC) and edits the LBCLive
missions magazine. He is a former editor of state Baptist papers in Oklahoma
and Indiana and has served
churches in six states during 40-plus 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,
(EDITOR’S NOTE — Compiled by Mark Kelly, an assistant editor at Baptist Press.)