PHOENIX -- Southern Baptist Convention President Jack Graham announced the appointments to the resolutions committee for the June 17-18 convention in Arizona. In complying with the SBC Bylaw 20, approved during the 2002 SBC annual meeting in St. Louis, Mike Hamlet, former president of the South Carolina Baptist Convention and Jim Butler, pastor of Trinity Baptist Church, and Calvin Wittman, pastor of Applewood Baptist Church were appointed for the 2003 conference.
Other members appointed to the committee include: Craig Christina, pastor of First Baptist Church, Duncan, Okla.; Penna Dexter, radio talk show host and member of Prestonwood Baptist Churc; Randy Hahn, pastor of Colonial Heights Baptist Church, Colonial Heights, Va.; Russell Moore, assistant professor of Christian theology at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Ky.; Brandon Thomas, minister to young couples, First Baptist Church, Euless, Texas; Dale Wallace, an attorney and member of The Church at Brook Hills, Birmingham, Ala.
One vacancy remains to be filled after the resignation of an initial appointee.
Bylaw 20 entailed that at least three SBC Executive Committee members be SBC Executive Committee members – Wittman, Butler and Hamlet, among other requirements. The various changes from the bylaw include: Proposed resolutions may be submitted as early as April 15 but no later than 15 days prior to the SBC annual meeting, giving the Resolutions Committee a two-week period in which to consider submissions. Resolutions may no longer be submitted during the annual meeting; proposed resolutions must be accompanied by a letter from a church qualified to send a messenger to the SBC annual meeting certifying that the individual submitting the resolution is a member in good standing. proposed resolutions preferably should be submitted by e-mail or mailed to the Resolutions Committee in care of the SBC Executive Committee. The drafts must be typewritten, titled, dated and include complete contact information for the person and his or her church; no person will be allowed to submit more than three resolutions per year; if a properly submitted resolution is not forwarded by the Resolutions Committee to the SBC annual meeting, a two-thirds vote of messengers would be required to bring the proposed resolution to the convention floor.
By Pauline J.