Sunday, April 30, 2006

The Bigalow Bop - Do You Have Your Invitation?

After the fight with Bob Rambo, the Pastor of TBRBC, Rufus and Roscoe Bigalow decided they were still going to give $500,000.00 to RBTS so they could get on a board of trustees.

They moved their membership from TBRBC to a church out of Blog County.

They joined BTBC (Big Time Baptist Church).

They decided to throw a party for people on boards and agencies of the denomination. You can only get an invitation if you have served more than once as a committe member or trustee. You also qualify for an invitation if your church has more than one person to serve on a committee or board or if you have two or more people in your family serving. It also helps to have the right connections.

The following people have made the cut and are on the guest list for the BIGALOW BOP.

What a party it shall be.

Disclaimer: This listing constitutes no attack on the character or integrity of any name mentioned. Motivation for these nominations may need to be examined. No attempt has been made to list source connections for these nominations. The reader will be left to their own research, but the connections are legion and known to many.

The Group from Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, DC
Thabiti Anyabwil – Committee on Committees 2006
Kevin Hsu – Committee on Committees 2006
John Ingold – Golden Gate term ending 2011
Connie Brown – Southeastern Seminary term ended 2005
Christ Bruce – NAMB term ended 2004
Laura Ruth Bryant – Baptist World Alliance term ended 2005
Randy Burkholder – Ethics and Religious Liberty term ended 2005
Mark Devers – Southern Seminary term ended 2005
Andrew Johnson – Executive Committee term ended 2004
J Sebastian Traeger – Executive Committee term to end 2008
Matt Dummermuth – Southeastern Seminary term to end 2010
Ryan Townsen - Committee on Nominations 2003-04
Michael Lawrence - Committee on Committees 2003
Andrew Johnson - Committee on Nominations 2002-03
Brad Wheeler - Committee on Committees 2002
Matt Schmucker - Committee on Nominations 2000-01
Sebastian J Traeger - Committee on Nominations 1999-00
Depak Reju - Committee on Committees 2000
Michael Law, Jr. - Committee on Nominations 2005-06
Patrick Talyer - Committee on Nominations 2005-06
John Folmer - Committee on Committees 2005
Michael McKinley - Committee on Committees 2005
Kurt Heath - Committee on Nominations 2004-05
Jeremy Young Committee on Committees 2004

The Group from First Baptist Church Kenai, Alaska
Jean Pesnell - Committee on Committees 1997
Suzanne Davidson - Committee on Nominations 2004-05
Shelia Bierdeman - Committee on Nominations 2000-01
John Nichols - Committee on Committees 2000
Dean Nichols - Committee on Committees 2004
Dean Nichols - Executive Committee term ends 2006
Mary Nichols - IMB term ends 2006 moving to Texas

The Group from Beulah Baptist Church, Douglasville, GA
Wayne Bray – Committee on Committees 2006
V Wayne Rogers – New Orleans Seminary – Term ended 2004
Danny E Watters – Annuity Board – Term ended 2005

The Group from First Baptist Eustis, Florida
Kellie Kitchings – Committee on Committees – 2006
Deb Linares – Credentials Committee – 2006
Pedro Linares – Credentials Committee – 2006
Hoyt Skip Haymans – LifeWay term to end 2006

The Group from Applewood Baptist Church Wheat Ridge, CO
Steve Evans – Ethics and Religious Liberty term ended 2005
Calvin Wittman – Executive Committee term ended 2005
Calvin Wittman - Resolutions Committee 2004
Calvin Wittman - Resolutions Committee 2003
Jerry Todd Neal - Committee on Nominations 2005-06
Bob Kuntz - Committee on Committees 2005
David Strange - IMB term to end 2009
Jerry Newman - Committee on Nominations 2004-05
Julie Parr - Committee on Committees 2004
James Wagstaff Committee on Committees 2004
Peggy Oxford - Committee on Committees 1997
John Rayburn - Committee on Nominations 2003-04
Jennifer Zebel - Committee on Committees 2003
Bevan Deardorff - Golden Gate Seminary term to end 2008
John M Rayburn - Committee on Nominations 2002-2003
Thomas Devenish - Committee on Committees 1999

The Group from First Baptist Church Haysville, KS
Pat Hudson – Southeastern Seminary term to end 2011
Charles Hollingsworth – Executive Committee term ended 2005
Phillip Graves – IMB term to end 2006

The Group from Immanuel Baptist Church Wichita, KS
Terry Fox – NAMB term ended 2003
Faye Graves – Committee on Order of Business term ended 2004

The Group from Highview Baptist Church Louisville, KY
John Boone – Southern Seminary term ended 2004
Kevin Ezel – Midwestern Seminary term to end 2006
Kevin Ezel -Chair Committee on Committees 2001
Mrs. Kevin Ezel - Committee on Nominations 2005-06
Randall McGee – Southern Seminary term to end 2007
Norman Coe – IMB term to end 2008

The Group from Florida Blvd Baptist Church, Baton Rouge, LA
Tova Hutson – NAMB term to end 2010
Barbara Nylin – LifeWay term to end 2010
Stephen Trammell - Committee on Committees 2005

The Group from Mt Airy Baptist Church Mt Airy, MD
Daniel Schrider – Southwestern Seminary term ended 2004
Keith Vincent – Committee on Committees 2006
John Sadowski - Committee on Nominations 2004-05

The Group from Harmony Baptist Church Crystal Springs, MS
Glenn Miles – Southern Seminary term to end 2006
Thomas Michael Webb – LifeWay term ended 2005

The Group from First Baptist Church Jackson, MS
Eddie Kinchen – Credential Committee 2006
William T Patterson – Annuity Board term ended 2003

The Group from Hickory Grove Baptist Church Charlotte, NC
Stephen Rummage – Executive Committee term to end 2010
David Wagoner – Southeastern Seminary term to end 2008
Elmer J Dryden - Southeastern Semnary term ended 2003
Elmer J Dryden - Committee on Nominations 2005-06
Mary Dodd - Credentials Committee 2005
Wiley Martin - Committee on Committees 2005

The Group from Lawndale Baptist Church Greensboro, NC
Barry Hartis – Executive Committee term to end 2008
Donna Nealy – IMB term to end 2008
JoAnn Hampton - Committee on Nominations 2003-04

The Group from Calvary Baptist Church Winston-Salem, NC
Henry Alton Gilbert – Executive Committee term to end 2008
Henry Williamson – Southeastern Seminary term to end 2006

The Group from Trinity Baptist Church Schenectady, NY
T Van McClain – Southwestern Seminary term ended 2005
David Shackelford – Southeastern Seminary term ended 2004
John Mulligan – Annuity Board term to end 2006

The Group from Liberty Heights Baptist Church West Chester, OH
Terry Fields – Executive Committee term ended 2005
Kim Robinson – Southern Seminary term ended 2005

The Group from Peach Bottom, PA
Terry Douglas – New Orleans Seminary term to end 2009
Terry Douglas - Committee on Nominations 2001-02
Troy Lee Massey – New Orleans Seminary term ended 2004
Richard Welch – Annuity Board term ended 2005
Michael Strike - Committee on Nominations 2003-04
Mary Gervais - Committee on Committees 2003

The Group from First Baptist Church Euless, TX
James Richards – Baptist World Alliance term ended 2005
Don R O’Neal – Southwestern Seminary term to end 2008
Claude Thomas - Chairman of the Executive Committee 1999
Claude Thomas - Chairman of the Executive Committee 2000
Claude Thomas - Executive Committee term ended 2005
Wayne Lee - Committee on Nominations 2004-05

The Group from First Baptist Church Dallas, TX
Debora Brunson – IMB term to end 2006
Michael Deahl – Lifeway term to end 2010
Todd Edwards – IMB term to end 2010
Jack Smith – Southwestern Seminary term to end 2007
Jack Progue - Committee on Committees 2003

The Group from Prestonwood Baptist Church, Plano, TX
Jack Graham – Executive Committee term to end 2008
Ron Cherry – Southeastern Seminary term to end 2006
James David Caldwell – Executive Committee term to end 2008
Penna Dexter – Ethics and Religious Liberty term to end 2008
Ronald Muff – Annuity Board term to end 2007
Matthew Suber - Teller Committee 2005
J Keet Lewis - Committee on Nominations 2003-04
J Keet Lewis - Committee on Committees 2000

The Andersons - Clearwater Florida
Carol – Executive Committee term ended 2004
Bill – Executive Committee term ended 2005

The Caffeys -Hillcrest Baptist Church, Martinsville, VA
Fred B – LifeWay term ended 2005
Fred B – Southern Seminary term ended 1999

The Currences -First Baptist Church of Ozark, MO
Don- Credentials Committee – 2006
Donald – New Orleans Seminary term to end 2011

The Davis- from Kingsland Baptist Church, Chester VA
Jim – Committee on Committees 2006
James T – Executive Committee term ends 2010

The Greers - Durham NC
JD - BWA term ended 2005
JD - Teller Committee 2005

The Johnsons -Louisville, Kentucky now in Texas
Jerry- Southern Seminary term ended 1999
Jerry – Committee on Order of Business term ended 2001
Jerry – Committee on Order of Business term ended 2004

The Lewis - Bethel Baptist Troy, IL
Tim - Committee on Nominations 2003-04
Tim - Southeastern Seminary Term will end 2006

The Linares- Eustis Florida
Deb – Credentials Committee 2006
Pedro – Credentials Committee 2006

The Linos- Humble and Kingwood Texas
Nathan – IMB term will end 2010
Nathan – Teller Committee 2006
David – LifeWay term will end 2010

The Nichols - First Baptist Church Kenai, Alaska
Dean – Executive Committee – term to end 2006
Dean - Committee on Committees 2004
Mary – IMB – term to end 2006
John - Committee on Committees 2000

The Pinckneys – Alexandria Virginia
T C – Resolutions Committee
T C – Committee on Order of Business 2003
T C - Second VP 2001
T C – Baptist Faith and Message Study Committee

The Presslers - First Baptist Church, Houston TX
Paul – Executive Committee 84-91
Paul – IMB 92-2000
Paul – First VP 2002
Paul- Baptist World Alliance – Term ended 2005
Nancy - Resolutions Committee 2000
Jean Visy - Committee on Committees 1997

The Shrums- Inglewood Baptist Church, Nashville TN
Kevin – Credentials Committee 2006
Kevin – Midwestern Seminary term to end 2011

The Whittens -Idlewild Baptist Church, Tampa Florida
Ken – IMB term ended 2005
Kenneth – Committee on Order of Business term ended 1999


The Williams - Marble Valley Baptist Church, Rutland Vermont
Eugene- Committee on Committees 2006
Rhonda- Credentials Committees 2006

This is not an exhaustive list, but it is sufficient to show a need for change in the process by which we choose trustee and committee members within the SBC.


Surely, out of over 46,000 SBC churches and missions, we should have more people who could serve just as competently yet from a broader representation of Southern Baptist churches.

Villa Rica

20 Comments:

Blogger mixilmash said...

Apparently only "certain" people from "certain" groups have THE annointing necessary to be part of the "select elect".

'Though previously mentioned, I reiterate my contention that until the Holy Spirit brings recognition of our corporate SIN of rejecting the paradigm of SERVANT leadership that Jesus commanded in Matthew 20 to the degree that we are willing to REPENT in FACT rather than tip our corporate caps toward Jesus' CRYSTAL-CLEAR command, the ONLY possible outcome in any SBC Convention will be the reconfiguration of the participants in the current "Gentile" paradigm of "dog eat dog".

Question #1, How can we reasonably expect to have HIS blessings on our endavors when we persist in disobedience?

Question #2, How can we logically hope to have success in serving HIM who ALONE IS TRUTH INCARNATE by means of a LIE? (The spin-meisters among us treat the wounds on the body Baptist lightly, as though they aren't important!)

Question #3, Are we coming dangerously close to an idolatrous equating of the infallability of Scripture with the infallability of ONE interpretation of Scripture, ergo, the infallability of the INTERPRETER?

Question #4, Are we emulating at warp speed a consolidation of power into fewer and fewer hands a'la the Roman Catholic experience, thus eviscerating the autonomy of the local church?

3:43 AM  
Blogger Jeff Richard Young said...

Dear V.R.,

Thank you very much for this list.

So, when anyone who has already served, is already serving, or already has his wife, mother, son, cousin, and babysitter already serving is nominated AGAIN, how does a person oppose it from the floor of the convention?

Love in Christ,

Jeff

8:08 AM  
Blogger Kevin said...

Villa
Is it not the fact that the many on the list are active in the national level of the SBC so they are better known? We must decide by being involved that this should not be. If the many in Blog land think this will change over night their will be many going home very disappointed after Greensboro. My hope is that we do not approach this as a bunch of angry men but as men and woman of God seeking HIS answers by asking the right questions. I will be going to many of the people that are speaking out against the young preachers like DR. Caner and Dr Patterson and see if they will talk to me I really don’t know. I am just a small but growing church and I do not have their education back ground but like them I am called by God and I hope they will speak with me. Please pray for those you disagree with and when you do ask God to examine your heart and show you were you need to give your sin up to the one who saved you!

In Him
Kevin Lancaster

11:25 AM  
Blogger Young SBC Leader said...

Villa Rica -

I feel sorry for your bitterness toward the "perceived conspiracy". I will pray for your desire to be or know someone to be nominated. Maybe God will answer your prayers and grant your request.

1:21 PM  
Blogger Jeff Richard Young said...

Dear Young SBC Leader,

What you posted was antagonistic. Even if what you are saying about V.R. were to prove true, your tone is unkind.

(1 Timothy 5:1) Do not rebuke an older man harshly, but exhort him as if he were your father.

Love in Christ,

Jeff

2:22 PM  
Blogger Villa Rica said...

Brother Kevin L,

It goes beyond being known in the Convention. There are connections. We have held back, thus far, from posting any direct links to the connections or the motivations regarding these nominations. One example for you to examine for yourself would be the BWA.

If you have been reading my post on my blog and those of others you know I am very repentant of my sin. Also, you would have seen that intercession for others is a very major part of my ministry. As I have said more than once, I am on no vendetta. I love the SBC and what she is supposed to be and pray that she will be that again. I am just stating facts as they are. What you do with the information is up to you.


Brother Young SBC,

You also called Sister Dorcas bitter. The way I responded to you on her post is sufficient here also. You should use your imagination more next time. I will give you this. Your effort to get me to defend myself by declaring where and when I have or am serving even now might work if not so easy to see through.


Brother Jeff,

Thanks, we old guys need all the help we can get.

Villa Rica

5:18 PM  
Blogger Dorcas said...

Whew! I think this list got longer since the last time I checked. I was a member of Applewood Baptist until I moved in 1998 to Texas. Guess I just missed out on having my name on the list by a few years. ;)

6:20 PM  
Blogger Phillips Lynn said...

Pastor Villa,

I believe the Bigalow brothers would have a better chance in becoming a trustee by joining Capitol Hill or Applewood. They could then send their money to one of the mission boards to support our mission endeavors.

I am looking forward to meeting you in Greensboro.

P L

6:56 PM  
Blogger Kevin Bussey said...

Villa Rica,

I don't know anyone personally who has ever served on any committee and I have been a member of an SBC church since the late 70's!

7:30 PM  
Blogger Young SBC Leader said...

Villa Rica -

First off. I did not realize you were an "older leader". My cander is only directed to the "agenda" not by all of you (those that I seem to see in many common blogs) but by some who somehow think that so called humility and playing the victim could somehow mask the vendetta by many at the "machine". I too am proud to be Southern Baptist. I have been all of my life. I have attended and graduated from a SBC seminary and have many young ministry friends serving across this country and oversees in the IMB that are disheartened with the current movement growing with the so called "young leaders". I am not "traditional" in my methodology. I am currently serving as a pastor. In your comments directed in D. Hawker's blog, somehow I dont see how calling me an SBC "lap dog" breeds humility and encouragment. I find in all of these blogs a "witch hunt", not a desire to pray and encourage those who are leading and who will be leading in the future. And that, my friend is what has caused me to voice my concern.

9:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

People nominate those who they know, can work with AND are willing to be in committees. It is just an extension of how the local SB church works. How many new younger deacons has your church elected? At mine that same group rotate on and off. The committees look the same year to year. The same 20% do everything from committees to Easter plays, Sunday school and VBS - and most are boomers and builder generation. Take a minute and look at the webcast of Reggie McNeal mentioned in SBC Outpost. Look here http://secure.webex.com/g2.asp?id=RR0AIUTM.

3:51 AM  
Blogger Villa Rica said...

Brother Kevin B,

That's the problem. When a church planting, soul winning guy like you has not been approached or does not even know someone who has served then there is something amiss.

It is solid, evangelistic, mission minded people like you who need to be serving on our Boards regardless of the size and wealth of their church; or to whom they have connections.

5:10 AM  
Blogger Villa Rica said...

Brother or Sister Anonymous,

The SBC is not a local church.

Villa Rica

5:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear VR

I understand that the SBC is not a local church. But humans being what they are, they take learned behavior for one situation and apply it elsewhere. I do agree there needs to be more representation from a broad spectrum of SB members and churches. While we are at it, maybe look a demographic representation also. Bro Anon

6:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear VR

I understand that the SBC is not a local church. But humans being what they are, they take learned behavior for one situation and apply it elsewhere. I do agree there needs to be more representation from a broad spectrum of SB members and churches. While we are at it, maybe look a demographic representation also. Bro Anon

6:12 AM  
Blogger Kevin said...

Villa
I was not pointing a finger at you . You have stated many times that you were praying for repentance and I was only saying we need more of that but I also believe we need to approach our brothers in Christ and speak to these things that concern us. One of which is the same folks always being asked to serve. I have been in the SBC for over 32 years as a Christian and this year is the first year I have known anybody that was on a board or committee. One is a trustee on NAMB and the other is on the Committee on Committees and I am now learning what they do. So yes that is the issue there are plenty of folks who would love to serve but have never inquired how they could be involved and that is on us.
I didn't include Wade because I have only met him twice.

In Him
Kevin Lancaster

11:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Villa
I was baptized in the ocean at the first beach baptism held by Calvary Chapel. 400 of us Jesus freaks turned up and shiverred our way out to be dunked under the oversight of Pastor Chuck Smith. Much later when we joined a SB Church, the pastor accepted our baptism and profession of faith. We transferred our membership to a second SB church who accepted our profession of faith and baptism. What would the cutrrent BOT policy say about my case?

5:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My name is on this list, but I have never served on a SBC committee before. I have never been a member of a church where a SBC committee member has served before this year.

My father, who has been an SBC pastor for over 35 years, has never served on an SBC committee. However, he is happy, not bitter, that I am serving this year. It is extremely irresponsible to list these names in such a manner. It exposes your heart and motives for the blog.

I feel sorry for you, and I sincerely commit to pray for your bitterness.

2:40 PM  
Anonymous Villa Rica said...

Anony,

Some of you need to find a better word than bitter.

This list has nothing to do with bitterness. It exposes a political problem.

Do you think I am listing these names because my name is not on it?

Is that why you say I am Bitter?

The truth is my name has been on several lists like this. I have helped choose the people to be on lists like this. That is considered more prominent than to be on the list in some circles.

You see, I know how the system works. If you are now on this list for the first time I am glad for you.

Now, get busy and perform your fiduciary responsibility toward the SBC and not pander after the Power Network boys. Your job is to represent the Convention as a whole and not a vested interest group.

That is what this list is all about. It is time for this kind of thing to stop.

Your Father may not have served, but if we had not been continually recycling people like me maybe he would have been called upon and he would probably have done a better job than many of us including and especially me. The whole point of this list is good men like your Father.

One more thing, never asume you know what is in anyone's heart or their inward motivation. To do so borders on blasphemy. Only God knows those things and you are not God. Why do you think that Jesus gave such a warning about calling a person a fool?

Bitter? No. Trying to repair a once honorable vessel? Yes.


May God grant you a great ministry. If your Father is still active may he have a stronger drive and greater vision than ever before. May his later ministry be more wonderful that the earlier.

Villa Rica

11:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gee Ben...uh I mean villa, I didn't know your name was one of these lists


S

3:57 PM  

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