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Moffett elected 2nd vice president
Wednesday, Jun 16, 2010
By Norm Miller

ORLANDO, Fla. (BP)--Messengers elected Eric Moffett, pastor of First Baptist Church in Sparkman, Ark., as second vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention in a runoff election Wednesday morning, June 16.

Moffett garnered 706 votes, 50.6 percent, defeating James Goforth Jr, pastor of New Life Baptist Church in Florissant, Mo., who received 689 votes, 49.4 percent.

Brent Powell, director of missions for the Black River Baptist Association in Hoxie, Ark., nominated Moffett, saying, "Eric Moffett is only 26 years old ... and yet he leads his church not to just give their money" but to "reach out in their community ... and to beyond the boundaries of their state, and to be on mission for Christ."

"We have talked a long time about involving young pastors in the life of this convention. And I believe it's time we quit talking about it and actually pull out a chair and give them a seat at the table."

James Goforth Sr., a messenger from Campground Baptist Church in Alto, Texas, nominated his son James Goforth Jr.

Goforth said his son "has been involved in church planting" and "Great Commission work all of his life." As a teenager, Goforth's son helped a summer missionary survey outlying communities, gathering data for church planting purposes, the senior Goforth said.

Goforth said his son "loves the Lord, loves the Word of God and is committed to the Word of God."

Two other nominees were in the initial election that fostered the runoff: John Copeland, pastor of First Baptist Church in Fulton, Ala., and Ray Newman, ethics and religious affairs specialist for the Georgia Baptist Convention.

In other action, messengers elected by acclamation John Yeats as SBC recording secretary and Jim Wells as SBC registration secretary. Yeats is communications director for the Louisiana Baptist Convention, while Wells is director of missions for the Tri-County Baptist Association in Nixa, Mo.

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