The first Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting I ever attended was in St. Louis in 2002. At the time, I was a 23 year-old youth pastor serving at a church in southeast Missouri. I drove the church van two hours up the road to the annual meeting and took along my wife and two elderly ladies from our church. To this day, it is still the most memorable convention I have attended.
Today, I spoke at the funeral of a dear friend and mentor, Jim Wells. Jim was my Director of Missions (a pastor to pastors) for 10 years. He was also an icon in the Southern Baptist Convention, serving as recording secretary for 15 years. Below is the text of my remarks. I post it in honor of Jim:
Last week the annual meeting of the Missouri Baptist Convention was held in St. Charles and with it my term as second vice-president came to an end. It was a great honor to serve in this role on the executive board.