NASHVILLE (BP) - The 2019 Leadership Council of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission is its largest to date and includes a New Mexican.
The ERLC - which announced Feb. 1 its latest yearly council that consists of 120 members -- provides training to help participants and their churches apply the Gospel of Jesus to all areas of life. The council consists of a diverse group of Southern Baptist pastors, ministry leaders and other church members.
Among the 2019 council members is Daniel Porter, the Baptist New Mexican’s staff writer. Porter joined the BNM staff in September 2018. Previously, he served on staff with X Factor Church, Albuquerque. He served as media and communications director for the church and as a North American Mission Board church planting intern. He has also worked as a writer for Invisible Children.
Porter earned Bachelor degrees in English and religious studies in 2018. He is currently pursuing a Master of Arts, Theology with New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
Some more widely known Leadership Council members include Matt Chandler, Grant Ethridge, Donna Gaines, Noe Garcia, Vance Pitman and Afshin Ziafat. Russell Moore said one of his "greatest joys" as ERLC president "is gathering with this group of leaders throughout the year." "Time that I spend with these men and women consistently makes me optimistic about our churches and shared mission," Moore said in an ERLC release.
This year's council members "are among the most gifted and godly I know," he said. "It's a privilege to serve alongside them for the sake of equipping churches to address cultural concerns with a Gospel focus."
Council members serve an annual term and are equipped by the ERLC through conference calls and events, while providing input to the entity's staff and occasional content for its website.
The entire list of council members is available at erlc.com/about/leadership-council.