Wells was diagnosed in 2010 with a form of cancer, a sarcoma malignancy in his left hip muscle, and will miss this year's meeting due to a June 18 procedure his doctors say is necessary, said Josh Hall, pastor of the Selmore Baptist Church in Ozark, Mo. Once the procedure is behind him, Wells' prognosis is excellent, Hall said.
Hall said he will nominate Wells.
John L. Yeats, the SBC's recording secretary and the executive director of the Missouri Baptist Convention, said Wells has done a fine job as registration secretary. Yeats and Wells work together in Missouri.
"I join with thousands of Southern Baptists praying for Jim and Judy," Yeats said. "Throughout the year there is so much work to this position beyond the annual meeting, and Jim has everything delegated and ready for the convention in New Orleans. While he must cooperate with his medical team, Jim is the right guy to get the work done for registration secretary."
Wells was first elected as registration secretary in 2002. He formerly was director of missions for Missouri's Tri-County Baptist Association in Nix.
Compiled by Michael Foust, associate editor of Baptist Press.
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