Mesquite pastor to be nominated for president

Terry Turner of Mesquite will be nominated for president of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention during the annual meeting Nov. 14-15 in Irving.

Paige Patterson, president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, announced his intention to nominate Turner, pastor of Mesquite Friendship Baptist Church, in a statement released to the TEXAN.

“After considerable thought and prayer, I have asked Pastor Terry Turner for the privilege of placing his name in nomination for president of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention. He has graciously acquiesced. My conviction is that Pastor Turner’s loyalty and faithfulness to the SBTC, his doctrinal commitment to the doctrines of the New Testament, and his modeling of the work of the shepherd in a great congregation of believers all qualify him to serve in this office. And, he is not ashamed of the Baptist name! If Pastor Turner is elected, the SBTC will achieve yet another significant milestone in the choice of great leaders.”

Meanwhile, Bob Pearle, pastor of Birchman Baptist Church in Fort Worth, has announced he will nominate for SBTC recording secretary James Nickell, pastor of First Baptist Church of Quitman.

“James Nickell will make a great contribution to our convention. He is well aware of who we are and fully on board with our direction. I am pleased to be able to recommend him as recording secretary for the SBTC.”

Nickell became pastor of First Baptist Church of Quitman in 2008, leading the church to affiliate with the SBTC.

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