ORLANDO (FBW)—Bryant Wright, senior pastor of Johnson Ferry Baptist Church in Marietta, Ga., will be nominated for president of the Southern Baptist Convention during the June SBC annual meeting in Orlando, David Uth, pastor of First Baptist Church in Orlando, announced March 11.
Wright is the first announced candidate for president in 2010. Current SBC President Johnny Hunt, pastor of First Baptist Church in Woodstock, Ga., is ineligible for re-election.
Wright, the 2006 Southern Baptist Pastors’ Conference president, is “uniquely positioned to continue the much-needed focus on the Great Commission as set forth by Johnny Hunt and the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force,” Uth, who will nominate Wright, told Florida Baptist Witness.
Uth successfully offered a motion at the 2009 Florida Baptist State Convention annual meeting to create at GCR-type study for Florida Baptists. Danny de Armas, executive pastor of Uth’s church, is chairman of the FBSC’s Imagine If Great Commission Task Force.
“Bryant has been a consistent leader among Southern Baptists who acknowledges and appreciates our traditional heritage while embracing some of the creative and innovative methods of reaching today’s generation for Christ,” said Uth.
Wright, according to Uth, is an “example of a missional mindset in leading his church to not only aggressively support the Cooperative Program, but to give generously to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering and to other mission causes beyond his own church.”
Uth said Johnson Ferry “has had a strong missional emphasis from the beginning.” Wright is the founding pastor of the church, which began in 1981 with “about 20 families meeting in an empty doctor’s office,” according to the church’s website.
According to Uth, in 2009 the church gave “17 percent of budgeted receipts to mission causes and … last year alone more than 1,500 members went on 70 mission trips to 27 nations around the world.”
Uth said the church has started seven mission churches in Cobb County and north Atlanta and co-sponsored five other church plants.
Having spoken at Wright’s church, Uth said he has seen “firsthand the amazing work God is doing at Johnson Ferry.”
Information from the 2009 Annual Church Profile for Johnson Ferry reports 459 baptisms and average weekly worship attendance of 4,383, with 6,121 resident members.
The church reported it gave $1,420,441 through the Cooperative Program, but actually half, $710,220.50, was given through the Georgia Baptist Convention CP and half was given directly to the International Mission Board, according to Joe Shadden, Johnson Ferry’s finance manager.
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