Nathan Lino elected 1st VP
Wednesday, Jun 20, 2012
By Karen L. Willoughby
NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- Messengers to the 2012 annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention elected Nathan Lino as SBC first vice president June 19.
Lino, church planting pastor of Northeast Houston Baptist Church in Humble, Texas, for the last 10 years, is a trustee of the International Mission Board and a former first vice president of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention.
The only candidate for SBC first vice president, Lino was elected by acclamation as voiced by the traditional sole ballot of the recording secretary.
Lino was nominated by Ken Whitten, pastor of Idlewild Baptist Church in Lutz, Fla.
"If you want to look at the character of a pastor, look at three things in his life: Look at his family, look at his heart and look at his church," Whitten said in his nomination speech.
Lino believes the Baptist Faith and Message 2000 "can keep us tied in unity for years to come," Whitten said.
"Nathan believes the light that shines the farthest still shines the brightest at home," Whitten said, noting that the church also has a six-day a week pregnancy/medical ministry in Houston's Fifth Ward that he estimates will save the lives of 2,000 babies this year.
Karen L. Willoughby is managing editor of the Louisiana Baptist Convention.