The plan encompasses significant changes that messengers met with excitement and deemed a step of faith in following the Lord’s leadership, the Wyoming Southern Baptist Convention reported.
Messengers convened Nov. 7-8 at First Southern Baptist Church in Casper, Wyo. The 151 in attendance included 128 messengers and 23 guests representing 47 of the 103 affiliated churches and missions.
Messengers adopted a budget of $1,464,440 for 2014, anticipating $567,639 in Cooperative Program receipts from affiliated churches and allocating 32.75 percent of CP funds to the Southern Baptist Convention for national and international causes. The new budget represents a 1.6 percent increase from 2013. Designated to cover expenses shared by the state and national convention is 8.5 percent or $124,447 of the total budget, the WSBC reported.
Newly elected officers are president, Mike Cooper, pastor of College Heights Baptist Church in Casper; first vice president, Clay Alexander, pastor of Big Horn Baptist Church in Buffalo, and second vice president, David Grace, pastor at Trinity Baptist Church in Laramie. Messengers reelected Hope Reynolds as recording secretary and Renee Hanson as assistant recording secretary.
Jim Ritter, pastor of First Southern Baptist Chapel in Glenrock, preached the annual sermon. Other speakers were WSBC President Quin Williams, pastor of Boyd Avenue Baptist Church in Casper; WSBC Executive Director Lynn Nikkel; and Jim Futral, executive director of the Mississippi Baptist Convention.
Worship leaders were John Thomas of Evansville Baptist Church in Evansville; the Boyd Avenue Baptist Church praise team from Casper, led by Scott Baxter; the Mountain View Baptist Church praise team from Mills, led by Renee Hanson, and Richard Mills of Set Free Church, with locations in Riverton and Casper.
Lynn Nikkel is WSBC executive director.
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