Floyd, past SBC presidents send open letter to Obama regarding ISIS

NASHVILLE (BP) – In an open letter, Southern Baptist Convention President Ronnie Floyd, along with the support and signatures of 16 former SBC presidents, called on President Obama to "take the necessary actions now" against ISIS terrorists.

"Since ISIS is a continuing threat to world peace in a way unknown to us since the Nazis of World War II, we humbly call upon you to use the influence and power of your distinguished office to take the necessary actions now in this urgent hour to bring an end to these human atrocities," the March 1 letter said.

"The abuse, brutalization, and murder of children, women, and men that is occurring before the world calls our country to lead forward to bring this to an end."

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Ouachita alum Jason Tolbert named university’s chief financial officer

Trennis Henderson
Ouachita Baptist University

ARKADELPHIA – Jason Tolbert, controller for the Arkansas Baptist Foundation since 2004, has been named chief financial officer for Ouachita Baptist University effective March 30. He succeeds Brett Powell, who recently was named director of the Arkansas Department of Higher Education.

Other roles held by Powell as vice president for administrative services have been reassigned to current university administrators, including Keldon Henley, vice president for institutional advancement, also supervising student financial services, and Bill Phelps, director of information technology (IT) services, being named assistant to the president for IT services and facilities management.

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Ark. native Pollard dies at 77

Willis C. Pollard Jr., 77, of Circleville, Ohio, died Feb. 4. He was born Oct. 8, 1937, in Moark, Ark., to Willis C. Sr. and Cora Mae (Verdier) Pollard. He served in multiple capacities with the State Convention of Baptists in Ohio, including as editor of the Ohio Baptist Messenger. He retired from his 26 years of service with the state convention in 2004. He also pastored Ridgewood Baptist Church in Wadsworth, Ohio, as well as churches in Texas and Missouri. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Don Pollard and sister Joyce Pollard. He is survived by his wife, Peggy Ann (Miller) Pollard; son, Boyd (Jan) Pollard; grandchildren, Emily and Zach Pollard and Isaac Fullerton; sister, Judy Shades; stepmother, Maxine Pollard and stepbrother, Paul (Caryn) Pollard and family. Funeral service were held at Dublin Baptist Church in Dublin, Ohio, Feb. 9. Burial took place in Dublin Cemetery.


Church Revitalization theme of ABSC conf.

SHERWOOD – Men and women flooded the front of the sanctuary of First Baptist Church, Sherwood, to pray and worship following the closing message of the 2015 State Conference on Evangelism and Church Growth, which took place Jan. 26-27.

The focus of the conference was church revitalization.

Steve Gaines, who gave the closing message, encouraged attendees to learn how to pray and invited those who desired to be men and women of prayer to come forward.

“We’re beyond what man can do. … Politics can’t get us out of the mess we’re in. … We’ve got to go desperately, fervently to God in prayer,” said Gaines, pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church, Cordova, Tenn. “If I don’t ever preach another sermon, I want to pray the rest of my life. … If that’s what you want in your life, come join me right now.”

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BPC chairman resigns, discusses departure of Caner, Scott

MOUNT VERNON, Ga. – A number of top leadership team members have left Brewton-Parker College in rural Georgia following the departure of the college’s controversial president, Ergun Caner.

Gary Campbell, chairman of trustees, announced his resignation Feb. 2 prior to introducing Charles “Charlie” Bass to faculty and staff as the college’s interim president. Bass is a former vice president and head of student services at Brewton-Parker College. Most recently, he was headmaster at a private school in Franklin, N.C.

Before announcing his own resignation, Campbell discussed the unexpected resignation of Caner on Jan. 20 and, a week later, the termination of C.B. Scott, a vice president.

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