EDITOR’S NOTE: For additional clarification, Fruit Cove Baptist Church has demonstrated through the years they are committed to giving 10 percent or more to the Cooperative Program. The figures listed in the story below reflect CP receipts to the Florida Baptist Convention’s accounting office which reported a 12-month period beginning Oct. 1, 2011 through Sept. 30, 2012. Fruit Cove Baptist sent an additional check for $37,863 to the Florida Baptist Convention after the last Sunday of the month, which was Sept. 30, 2012. That brings the total CP giving to 10 percent for 2012 for Fruit Cove Baptist. Since the last day of the reporting period for 2012 was on a Sunday, many of the churches that contribute monthly may appear to have contributed a smaller percentage to CP in 2012, while contributing a greater percentage for 2013.
Augustin plans to nominate Maynard for a second one-year term during the FBSC annual meeting Nov. 12-13 at North Jacksonville Baptist Church.
Maynard, pastor of Fruit Cove Baptist Church in Jacksonville since 1993, is also a member of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee and previously served as president of the Florida Baptist State Board of Missions during his third term 2009-2012.
Haitian-born Augustin said he met Maynard in 2009 when the men served together on the SBOM and the two became friends. Since then they have exchanged e-mails, spoken on the phone, and Maynard has visited and preached in Odany’s church.
“I believe he is a good, Christian leader,” Odany said of Maynard. “He is a very humble man and he is ready to work with everybody.”
Although Maynard does not know French or Creole, two of the three languages of Odany’s church, the Haitian pastor said it is the Jacksonville pastor’s openness to people that is an admirable characteristic.
“I see him in the sense that he is easy to get acquainted with and more accessible than others,” Odany said. “He has a lot of good inferences for people, for church leaders and for pastor and others.”
Citing his uniqueness in leadership as both a pastor and former president of the SBOM—and now as president of the FBSC, Odany said Maynard “can see there is an interconnection with all that he is doing and the Holy Spirit is leading him to do the right thing in all he does.”
The power of the Holy Spirit in his life, Odany said of Maynard, is apparent in how he humbly interjects himself in situations with an eye towards making sure that “no one is left out.”
“That is a good model so people can learn not only to work with other people, but learn to become better leaders,” Odany said. “I feel like he has helped me to become a better leader.”
Maynard said he felt a little “on the sidelines” in his first year as state convention president, after having just completed three unprecedented years as president of the SBOM.
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