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Nashville musician baptized during SBC session
Photo by Matt Miller
Poly Rouse, left, pastor of Hermitage Hills Baptist Church in Hermitage, Tenn., baptizes musician Eric Kilby, 27, June 22 as more than 11,000 messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention watch and applaud. Since members of 10,000 SBC churches did not see anyone baptized last year, SBC leaders decided to feature a baptism at each session of the SBC annual meeting, in Nashville's Gaylord Entertainment Center June 21-22.

Nashville couple baptized during SBC session
Photo by Kent Harville
Poly Rouse, left, pastor of Hermitage Hills Baptist Church in Hermitage, Tenn., baptizes Julie Kilby June 22 as her husband, musician Eric Kilby, who has just been baptized himself, and more than 11,000 messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention watch and applaud. Since members of 10,000 SBC churches did not see anyone baptized last year, SBC leaders decided to feature a baptism at each session of the SBC annual meeting, in Nashville's Gaylord Entertainment Center June 21-22.

SBC features baptism service prominently during first day
Photo by Matt Miller
Jim Cross, pastor of First Baptist Church in Donelson, Tenn., baptizes Luke Charlton, 7, June 21 as more than 11,000 messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention watch and applaud. Since members of 10,000 SBC churches did not see anyone baptized last year, SBC leaders decided to feature a baptism at each session of the SBC annual meeting, in Nashville's Gaylord Entertainment Center June 21-22.

Former prostitute, drug addict baptized during SBC session
Photo by Van Payne
Phil Gruita, right, pastor of Ivy Memorial Baptist Church in Nashville, Tenn., baptizes Denise Lingefelt, 42, June 21 as more than 11,000 messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention watch and applaud. Lingefelt, a former prostitute and drug addict, said she once works in this same building as a janitor. "I used to clean this place, and now I'm getting cleaned up in this place," she said. Since members of 10,000 SBC churches did not see anyone baptized last year, SBC leaders decided to feature a baptism at each session of the SBC annual meeting, in Nashville's Gaylord Entertainment Center June 21-22.

LifeWay president gives final 'Everyone Can' challenge to SBC
Photo by Kent Harville
James T. (Jimmy) Draper, Jr., president of LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention, presents the final "Everyone Can" Kingdom Point of Challenge June 21-22, in the Gaylord Entertainment Center in Nashville, Tenn.

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