By Scott Barkley
NASHVILLE — A slate of elections pushed to Wednesday witnessed close votes among three contests as well as one result by acclamation.
Lee Brand Jr., vice president and dean of Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary, received 327 votes more than California pastor Anthony Dockery – 2,860 to 2,533 – in becoming first vice president of the SBC.
Brand was nominated by Danny Sinquefield, pastor of Faith Baptist Church, Bartlett. When Sinquefield announced he would nominate Brand, he noted that the seminary dean “understands the challenges facing Southern Baptist churches today,” said Sinquefield. “He has walked through many years of ministry and sees the church and the convention as only a long-term pastor can. I think his experience in both rural and urban ministry contexts makes him an ideal candidate to serve in the SBC. He understands pastors, churches, and the SBC needs – both present and future.”
During his nomination speech, Sinquefield added that Brand “has based his life on the authority and supremacy of the gospel and that he believes that God’s Word is sufficient for every phase of life. … He will lead us well.”
Ramon Medina, lead pastor of the Spanish ministry at Champion Forest Baptist Church in Houston, was elected second vice president. Medina received 3,103 votes to Georgia pastor Javier Chavez’s 2,724 in a runoff. [Read more…]