LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – On Tuesday, October 20 at the Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC) building, the 167th annual meeting was convened as a special session of the Convention in accordance with the Articles of Incorporation. The Executive Board, in accordance with the Convention bylaws, conducted the required business of the Convention in order to carry ministry forward into 2021. Executive Board President Dr. Doug Falknor, pastor, First Baptist Church, Fayetteville presided over the meeting which was live streamed.
The Executive Board unanimously approved a flat Cooperative Program budget of $21 million for 2021. The Board also approved the 2021 ABSC team goals and Convention Nominating Committee report.
The Convention officers each serving their first year were re-elected for the upcoming year. President, Manley Beasley, Jr., senior pastor, Hot Springs Baptist Church; first vice president, Ken Shaddox, senior pastor, Park Hill Baptist Church, North Little Rock, and second vice president, Jamar Andrews, lead pastor, Word Baptist Church, Jonesboro will serve a second term.
Andrew Chandler, worship pastor at Hot Springs Baptist Church, led in acoustic worship sessions, and two inspiring messages were shared by Convention President Manley Beasley, Jr. and Executive Director J.D. “Sonny” Tucker along with prayer for revival and awakening.