California Pastor Nominated for SBC First Vice President Seat

Jun 11, 2003 11:34 AM EDT

BEAUMONT, Calif. – The former president of the California Southern Baptist Convention will be nominated for the first Vice President position of the Southern Baptist Convention during the SBC annual meeting in Phoenix, June 17-18. Rob Zinn, pastor of Immanuel Church in Highland, California and current member of the SBC Executive Committee will be nominated by Walter Price, pastor of Fellowship in the Pass Church in Beaumont, Calif.

"It is a true delight for me to consider nominating Rob for the office of first vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention. No one is more deserving. He has faithfully served the Lord, his church, our state and national conventions for many years and has been one of the two or three leading pastors in the West for a long time. Rob is a dear friend and is deeply loved all across the convention,” said Price.

Zinn, who actively trains leaders for FAITH- Sunday School/Evangelism strategy, has been pastor of Immanuel Baptist from 30 years ago; since then, the congregation has grown from 730 to more than 7,300 members, and has acquired a 40-acre campus and 2,000-seat worship center.

Zinn holds a master's degree and Ph.D. in theology from the California Graduate School of Theology at Glendale; his B.S. degree is from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. He served as a trustee chairman at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, a trustee of the Southern Baptist Foundation and a vice president of the SBC Pastors' Conference.

Zinn He and his wife, Susan, have two sons and a daughter.

By Pauline J.