news about the denomination
The following news items apply to (or affect) the Free Will Baptist denomination scattered across the nation and around the world.To read more about Free Will Baptists and the various departments that make up the national organization, visit www.nafwb.org.
Introducing the 2017 Nominations* for Standing Boards and Commissions
Home Missions / North American Ministries - 2023
Bob Lewis (TN) replacing himself
Josh Baer (NC) replacing Robert Thebeau (MO) who is ineligible for re-election
David Sexton (VA) replacing himself
Josh Baer has been lead pastor at Cramerton FWB Church (NC) since July 2015. Prior to becoming lead pastor, he had served as associate pastor and minister of music since 2005. He graduated from Southeastern FWB College in 1998 with a Bachelor’s degree in sacred music. He earned a Master of Ministry from Bob Jones University in 2007, as well as a Specialist in Ministry in 2013. Currently, he is pursuing a Doctor of Ministry degree from Southeastern Baptist Seminary. Josh is a church planting coach for North American Ministries, a member of the Board of Directors for Southeastern FWB College, and vice-president of the Southeastern FWB College Alumni Association.
Board of Retirement and Insurance - 2023
Danny Baer (NC) replacing himself
James Beasley (SC) replacing himself
Jack Daniel (GA) replacing Tim Hall (KY) who is ineligible for re-election
Jack Daniel has been a member of First FWB Church in Albany, Georgia, for 52 years and has served on the deacon board for 22 years. He served previously as a member of the Board of Retirement for 28 years (1985-2001 and 2003-2015), six years as chairman.
Board of FWB Foundation -
Bobby Edwards (TN) replacing himself
Melissa Haralson (AR) replacing Waymon Fields (AL) who is ineligible for re-election
Bob Thompson (OK) replacing Melvin Worthington (NC) who is ineligible for re-election
Melissa Haralson has operated her own full-service CPA firm in Atkins, Arkansas, since 1999. Prior to opening her own office, Melissa was senior accountant for Joe DuVall and Associates, in Conway, Arkansas, and bookkeeper/accountant for Angeles, Conner, and Davis, in Ft. Smith, Arkansas. She earned a B.S. in accounting from Arkansas Tech University in 1989 and passed the CPA exam in 1991. She attends Union Grove FWB Church in Atkins, Arkansas, where she works with women and children.
Bob Thompson is vice president of Institutional Advancement at Randall University. A veteran pastor of nearly 25 years, Bob graduated from Hillsdale College with a B.A. in theology. From 1996-2001, he served as state youth and camp director for the Arkansas State Association. He also has served as both assistant moderator and moderator of the Oklahoma State Association and has held various district associational positions.
Theological Integrity -
Kevin Hester (TN)
Historical Commission -
Willie Martin (GA) replacing himself
Music Commission -
Doug Little (TN) replacing himself
Media Commission -
Marc Neppl (VA) replacing himself
Executive Committee -
Stan Bunch (MO) replacing himself
Wayne Hale (MID-ATL) replacing himself
Daniel Edwards (IN) replacing himself
Moderator: Tim York (TN)
Assistant Moderator: William Smith (GA)
Clerk: Randy Bryant (FL)
Assistant Clerk: Ernie Lewis (IL)
2017 Yearbook Now Available
Antioch, TN—The 2017 Free Will Baptist Yearbooks have been mailed to district association clerks for distribution of complimentary copies to local churches.
If you wish to purchase a copy for personal use,
contact Randall House Publications at 800-877-7030
or visit www.RandallHouse.com.