2019 Annual Meeting Messengers Voting

Messengers vote during the Wednesday (Oct. 23) business session of the Baptist Convention of New Mexico's 2019 Annual Meeting, held at the New Mexico Baptist Children's Home and Family Ministries' Portales campus.

The Baptist Convention of New Mexico’s current officers led the sessions of its 2019 Annual Meeting and guided the convention’s business sessions. The theme of the convention meeting was “Trust in the Lord.”

Jared Bridge, pastor of Anchor Church, Albuquerque, and convention president, presided over the first session on Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 22, at Central Baptist Church, Clovis. Beau Lamb, pastor of First Baptist Church, Santa Rosa, and convention first vice president, presided over the Tuesday evening session. Matt Henslee, pastor of Mayhill Baptist Church and convention second vice president, presided over the Wednesday morning session. The session met at the New Mexico Baptist Children’s Home and Family Ministries’ main Portales campus.

Three other officers assisted with convention sessions but did not preside over any meetings. Nancy Faucett, BCNM ministry assistant to the convention’s executive director, served as the convention’s recording secretary. She kept the official meeting minutes. Kim Treece, ministry assistant to Gerald Farley at the BCNM, served as the convention’s assistant recording secretary. The parliamentarian for the business sessions was Gavin Vaughn II, pastor of Hermosa Drive Baptist Church, Artesia.

The 2019 Order of Business Committee, which messengers elected at the previous Annual Meeting, planned the meeting agenda. The committee consisted of Bridge; B.J. Brooks, chairman, associate pastor at Central Baptist Church, Clovis; Phillip Smith, pastor of First Baptist Church, Socorro; Derek Wilson, minister of worship at Emmanuel Baptist Church, Farmington; and Mike Wright, minister of worship at First Baptist Church, Artesia.

After the first worship time, on Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 22, President Bridge officially called the Annual Meeting to order. Later, during the first business session, Beau Lamb made a motion on behalf of the 2019 Credentials Committee that the messengers registered so far and those officially registered before registration closed comprise the official role of messengers to the convention. The motion was made, seconded, and passed. Bridge announced the committees he had appointed as per the convention’s bylaws: the 2019 Credentials Committee and the 2019 Committee on Committees. Smith, representing the 2019 Order of Business Committee, presented the committee’s motion to adopt the printed agenda. The motion passed. Steve Ballew, chairman of the State Mission Board and pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church, Farmington, introduced the board’s report in the Book of Reports and announced actions that the board would recommend during the next business session. Bridge asked for any new business that needed introduction. None was offered.

Several business items filled the second business session on Wednesday morning, Oct. 23. Mike Napier, pastor of First Baptist Church, Aztec, and chairman of the 2019 Committee on Committees, presented the committee’s recommendations of members for the 2019 Resolutions Committee, the 2020 Nominating Committee and the 2020 Order of Business Committee. The recommendations passed. The committee recommendations are detailed below. Ballew presented the State Mission Board’s recommendations of members for NMBCH and New Mexico Baptist Foundation boards and its recommendation of the proposed 2019 BCNM Ministry Budget. All recommendations passed.

Bob Schlauger, pastor of Bethel Baptist Church, Aztec, presented the 2019 Nominating Committee recommendations. Additionally, the committee recommended election of nine new State Mission Board members and re-election of four current board members. The committee also recommended the election of two new Christian Life Committee Members and re-election of one current committee member.

The committee recommended changing the location of the 2021 Annual Meeting to First Baptist Church, Roswell, recommended Emmanuel Baptist Church, Farmington, as the 2022 Annual Meeting location (October 25-26), and recommended the 2020 Annual Sermon preacher and alternate: Hayden Smith, pastor of First Baptist Church, Carrizozo, and Dave McFadden, director of missions for Eastern and Tucumcari Baptist Associations, respectively. The recommendations passed.

Jeremy Butler, pastor of Rio Mimbres Baptist Church, Mimbres, and chairman of the 2019 Resolutions Committee, presented four resolutions (see below). All four resolutions passed in a single vote without discussion.

Joseph Bunce, the BCNM’s executive director and lead missionary, introduced a New Mexico Right to Life Petition for churches to complete if they desire. He also recognized outgoing SMB members Jamie Duke, Yvonne Gunn, Dennis Harris, Martha Whiteside and Virginia Yazzie. Plaques were presented for each one; only Harris and Whiteside were in attendance at the session.

During the last business item, messengers re-elected all three current officers for a second term. Only one office saw multiple nominations. Aaron Colyer, pastor of First Baptist Church, Roswell, nominated Henslee to serve as first vice president and gave a brief speech of Henslee’s qualifications for the office. Bruce Morrison, senior adult pastor at Church at the Butte, Elephant Butte, nominated Lamb to continue as first vice president. Messengers elected Lamb to continue. Then, Henslee was also nominated to continue in his present office as second vice president. Messengers elected him to continue in that office.

Current Committee Members

The members of the 2019 Credentials Committee were Lamb; Henslee; Bill Connors, pastor of Eastern Hills Baptist Church, Albuquerque; and Bryne Palmer, pastor of Rio Church, Albuquerque.

The members of the 2019 Committee on Committees were Napier, chairman; Sandra Fonseca, member of Fairacres Nueva Esperanza; Robert Hamilton, pastor of First Baptist Church, Deming; Fred MacDonald, director of missions for the Pecos Valley Association and a member of First Baptist Church, Artesia; and Durward Wofford, pastor of First Baptist Church, Melrose.

The members of the 2019 Nominating Committee were Wes McAfee, chairman and member of Calvary Baptist Church, Portales; Herb Gage, pastor of First Baptist Church, Otis; Ira Pinkston, worship pastor at Del Norte Baptist Church, Albuquerque; and Schlauger.

Committee Elections

The following individuals were presented and elected to serve as committee members, as recommended by the 2019 Committee on Committee.

The newly elected members of the 2019 Resolutions Committee are Butler; Sherman Martin, member of First Baptist Church, Melrose; and Carlos Pino, pastor of Iglesia Bautista Emmanuel, Santa Teresa.

The newly elected members of the 2020 Nominating Committee are David Brittain, chairman, pastor of Celebration Baptist Church, Rio Rancho; Matt Celoria, pastor of Bethel Baptist Church, Alamogordo; Pete Crook, pastor of Bethel Baptist Church, Roswell; Betty Eason, member of Fairacres Iglesia Bautista Nueva Esperanza, Las Cruces; and Charles Lord, pastor of First Baptist Church, Silver City.

The newly elected members of the 2020 Order of Business Committee are Bridge, chairman; John McDaniel, associate pastor of worship and education at First Baptist Church, Santa Fe; Dan Pearce, member of First Baptist Church, Clovis; Matt Sellers, pastor of Paragon Church, Rio Rancho; and Johnny Spicer, pastor of First Baptist Church, Moriarty.

The 2019 Nominating Committee recommended the election of one current member and two new members for the Christian Life Committee. Messengers re-elected Skip Hemperley, First Baptist Church, Santa Fe, to an additional three-year term. They also elected Jerry Walker, First Baptist Church, Aztec, to a new three-year term and Troy Grant, pastor of Berrendo Baptist Church, Roswell, to a new two-year term.

Board Member Elections

The following individuals were presented and elected to serve as BCNM entity board members, as recommended by the State Mission Board.

The following individuals were nominated to be re-elected for another three-year term on the New Mexico Baptist Children’s Home and Family Ministries Board: Bob Colston, First Baptist Church, Las Cruces; Lara Harlan, Central Baptist Church, Clovis; Amy Redus, First Baptist Church, Santa Fe; and Dale Shook, Taylor Memorial Baptist Church, Hobbs.

Two individuals were recommended for re-election to new three-year terms on the New Mexico Baptist Foundation Board: Anne McCollum, First Baptist Church, Gallup, and Carroll Vaughan, First Baptist Church, Bloomfield. The committee also recommended election of two new board members for three-year terms on the NMBF Board: Robert Ewing, Hoffmantown Church, Albuquerque, and Richard Gomez, First Bilingual Baptist Church, Albuquerque.

The following individuals were presented and elected to serve on the State Mission Board as recommended by the 2019 Nominating Committee.

Messengers re-elected four State Mission Board members to three-year terms: Renaldon Begaye, student pastor at First Baptist Church, Gallup; Mason Davis, pastor of Bethel Baptist Church, Deming; Al Carroll, pastor of First Baptist Church, Bernalillo; and Kit Johnson, member of East Mesa Baptist Church, Las Cruces. They elected Rob Mayes, First Baptist Church, Raton, and Stephen Mulkey, Angel Fire Baptist Church, to new one-year terms. They elected Andy Randall, First Baptist Church, Las Cruces, to a new two-year term. Finally, they elected six new board members to three-year terms: Roy Brent, First Baptist Church, Los Alamos; Paul Holt, pastor of First Baptist Church, Magdalena; Michael Kirby, pastor of Central Baptist Church, Clovis; James Mahan, pastor of First Baptist Church, Flora Vista; Carlos Tapia, pastor of First Baptist Church, Grants; and Mark Whittington, First Baptist Church, Tucumcari.

Resolutions (as presented)

Resolution #1 on Reaching the Next Generation of New Mexicans:

The messengers of the 107th BCNM State Convention recognize:

-- We are called to join God in fulfilling the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20) by making disciples of all nations …

-- The vast majority of those who come to faith in Jesus Christ do so before the age of 18 …

-- 23 percent of New Mexicans are under the age of 18 …

-- The Baptist Convention of New Mexico has a goal of having 10% of New Mexicans in a BCNM congregation by 2025 …

-- We are commanded to teach our children the commands of Scripture (Deuteronomy 6:5-9) …

Therefore, BE IT RESOLVED THAT the BCNM calls upon its churches and their respective members to engage often in deliberate, planned and urgent Gospel ministry to the children within the state of New Mexico.

Resolution #2 on Appreciation

The messengers of the 107th BCNM State Convention recognize:

-- The staff and members of Central Baptist Church of Clovis, New Mexico, have been gracious and hospitable by making its staff and facilities available to the Baptist Convention of New Mexico …

-- The staff of the New Mexico Baptist Children’s Home and Family Ministries have also been gracious and hospitable by making its staff and facilities available to the Baptist Convention of New Mexico …

-- The cities of Clovis and Portales have made their cities available for our annual meeting.

Therefore, BE IT RESOLVED THAT the messengers of the 2019 State Convention express their sincere appreciation to everyone involved in helping this be an Annual Meeting that glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ.

Resolution #3 on Recognition of the 100 year anniversary for the New Mexico Baptist Children’s Home and Family Ministries

The messengers of the 107th BCNM State Convention:

-- Recognize the faithful service of the New Mexico Baptist Children’s Home and Family Ministries to the Lord Jesus for the past 100 years …

-- Thank all the staff of the New Mexico Baptist Children’s Home and Family Ministries for their sacrificial work to the Lord …

-- Thank Randy Rankin for his leadership as the Executive Director of the New Mexico Baptist Children’s Home and Family Ministries …

-- Recognize the work being done by New Mexico Baptist Children’s Home and Family Ministries in the area of adoption …

Therefore, BE IT RESOLVED THAT the messengers of the 2019 State Convention express their sincere gratitude to the ministry of the New Mexico Baptist Children’s Home and Family Ministries and therefore pray for their work in the coming 100 century.

Resolution #4 on Christians Taking Responsibility in the Public Square

Whereas,

no governing body exists except that which has been established by God (Romans 13:1)

and whereas,

God has ordained the family, the church and the government

and whereas,

Proverbs 14:34 says, “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people”

and whereas,

it pleases God that His people pray interceding for and thanking God for all those in authority (1Timothy 2:1-2).

Therefore, BE IT RESOLVED THAT the messengers of the 2019 New Mexico Baptist Convention encourage pastors and church members to become educated and informed about the moral issues we face in our nation today;

and be it further resolved that we humble ourselves and seek God’s face and pray for the healing of our nation;

and be it further resolved that we pray for all individuals in political office and all candidates that are seeking public office;

and be it further resolved that we encourage all Christians along with New Mexico Baptists to be involved in the great blessing that God has given us to freely elect our leaders and live in this nation of the free;

and be it finally resolved that pastors encourage their congregations to participate in the democratic process by prayerfully casting an informed vote.

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