Annual Meeting

2021 Annual Meeting

Therefore I, the prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk worthy of the calling you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, accepting ONE another in love, diligently keeping the unity of the Spirit with the peace that binds us. There is ONE body and ONE Spirit—just as you were called to ONE hope at your calling — ONE Lord, ONE faith, ONE baptism, ONE God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all.

Ephesians 4:1-6

Schedule

Pastors Conference

Monday Morning

9:00am – 12:00

Andy Finch, Brett Selby, and Kelvin Moseley

Lunch Break

12:00pm – 1:30pm

Monday Afternoon

1:30pm – 4:00

H.B. Charles Jr., Michael Staton, Election of Officers

Monday Evening

Michael Butler, Presiding

6:30pm

Call to Order | Michael Butler
Greetings from Host Pastor | Douglas Melton
Scripture | Erin Guleserian
Prayer | Brayden Buss
Recognition of Special Guests | James Swain

6:45pm | Business Session

Appointment of Committees | Michael Butler
Report of Credentials Committee | Nick Johnson

6:50 | Installation of Executive Director-Treasurer

Introduction of Dr. Todd Fisher | Michael Staton
Vote by Messengers | Michael Butler
Charge to Todd Fisher & Messengers
Prayer of Consecration
Presentations | Michael Butler

7:30pm

Worship in Song | “One” Choir

7:55pm

Executive Director-Treasurer’s Address | Todd Fisher

8:30pm

Closing Prayer | Julio Crespo

Tuesday Morning

Jason Yarbrough, Presiding

9:00am

Call to Order | Jason Yarbrough
Worship in Song | Xavier Abraham & Group
Scripture | Gary Lillie
Prayer | Ryan Goodman

9:10am

BVC Report | Bill Pierce

9:20am

OBU Report | Heath Thomas

9:30am

“One” Campaign | Alan Quigley

9:50 | Business Session | Michael Butler

Report of Board of Directors | Todd Fisher
Financial Plan Presentation | Russell Duck
Election of Officers | Michael Butler

10:10am

Call to Prayer | Todd Fisher

10:25am

Worship in Song | Xavier Abraham & Group

10:30am

President’s Address | Michael Butler

11:00am

Closing Prayer | Marlon Coleman

Tuesday Afternoon

Michael Butler, Presiding

1:30pm

Call to Order | Michael Butler
Worship in Song | Brady Paul
Scripture | Bradley O’Dell
Prayer | Mike Lehew

1:40pm

Distinguished Service Award | Bob Nigh

1:45pm

Call to Prayer | Todd Fisher

2:00pm

OBHC Report | Greg McNeece

2:10pm

WatersEdge Report | Robert Kellogg

2:20pm | Business Session | Michael Butler

Election of Officers | Michael Butler
Report of the Nominating Committee | Ray Griffin
Report of the Resolutions Committee | Owen Nease
Miscellaneous Business

2:50pm

Worship in Song | Brady Paul

2:55pm

Annual Sermon | Charlie Blount
Alternate | Jeremy Smith

3:25pm

Recognition of Outgoing Officers & Presentation of Newly Elected Officers | Todd Fisher

3:30pm

Closing Prayer | Amy Petersen

2021 Resolutions

Resolution No. 1

On Appreciation to Host Church for the 2021 Annual Meeting

We, the messengers to the 2021 Annual Meeting of Oklahoma Baptists, meeting at Southern Hills Baptist Church, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, November 15-16, 2021, express our appreciation to Pastor Doug Melton and to the staff and congregation of Oklahoma City, Southern Hills for the countless hours in support and preparation for this convention. We recognize that this church is an outstanding model of genuine Christian service and hospitality, and we offer our prayers for God’s continued blessing in future ministry.

(John 13:35; Philippians 1:3; I Thessalonians 5:11)

Resolution No. 2

On Praying for the Executive Director-Treasurer

We, the messengers to the 2021 Annual Meeting of Oklahoma Baptists, meeting at Southern Hills Baptist Church, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, November 15-16, 2021, are grateful for the calling of ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Dr. Todd Fisher as the 10th Executive Director-Treasurer of Oklahoma Baptists. We urge all Oklahoma Baptists to pray fervently for his daily walk with the Lord, his personal integrity, his wife Jamy, and their entire family, and for Godly wisdom and direction in his leading of our convention.

(Numbers 6:24-26; Psalm 1; Micah 6:8; Ephesians 4:1; Philippians 1:3-6; Hebrews 13:20-21)

Resolution No. 3

On Recognition of 75 years of Ministry by WatersEdge

We, the messengers to the 2021 Annual Meeting of Oklahoma Baptists, meeting at Southern Hills Baptist Church, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, November 15-16, 2021, celebrate the 75th anniversary of WatersEdge. We congratulate Robert Kellogg and the WatersEdge staff on this important milestone. This vital ministry has made a lasting impact on countless churches in Oklahoma by investing millions of dollars back into Kingdom ministries. We are thankful WatersEdge continues to grow and serve churches around the state and across the country.

(Romans 12:10-13; 2 Corinthians 9:6-8)

Resolution No. 4

On Biblical Unity

We, the messengers to the 2021 Annual Meeting of Oklahoma Baptists, meeting at Southern Hills Baptist Church, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, November 15-16, 2021, are deeply concerned about the discord and divisions in our country and communities today. We understand the church should be a place of biblical unity where believers of all races and ethnicities worship and work together to advance the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We understand that it is the Holy Spirit who unites us. We fervently pray that as our churches become unified, our churches will be stronger, more people will be reached for Christ, and God will be glorified.

(Psalm 133:1; John 17:21; Acts 2:44; Galatians 3:28)

Resolution No. 5

Praying for and Ministering to Persecuted Believers and Churches

We, the messengers to the 2021 Annual Meeting of Oklahoma Baptists, meeting at Southern Hills Baptist Church, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, November 15-16, 2021, are alarmed at the rise of persecution toward Christians around the world. In recognition of the persecution faced by Christians around the world, many of whom have been displaced from their homes, we commit to intercessory prayer and ministry on behalf of Christians suffering for their faith. We call on the Lord for His might and merciful help, believing He will give hope and courage to all those suffering and that their suffering will be rewarded in eternity and pray that it will result in many being saved from among the nations.

(Matthew 5:10; John 15:18; Romans 8:35; I Peter 4:12-13; Revelation 6:10)

Resolution No. 6

On Abortion and the Sanctity of Human Life

We, the messengers to the 2021 Annual Meeting of Oklahoma Baptists, meeting at Southern Hills Baptist Church, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, November 15-16, 2021, believe in the sanctity of human life beginning at conception, that every person—pre-born, born and unborn—is created in God’s image and deserves life. We echo and underscore the emphatic resolutions on ending abortion previously approved by Oklahoma Baptists in 2019 and by Southern Baptist messengers in June of 2021, both of which called for the immediate end, the abolition of abortion without exception or compromise. With God’s grace, we work to see a day in which every unborn child in Oklahoma and America is protected and valued.

(Genesis 1:27; Psalm 139; Proverbs 24:11-12)

Resolution No. 7

On Responding to Sexual Abuse and Caring for Victims

We, the messengers to the 2021 Annual Meeting of Oklahoma Baptists, meeting at Southern Hills Baptist Church, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, November 15-16, 2021, recognize the ongoing need to defend and minister to victims of sexual abuse. We encourage leaders in our churches and SBC-affiliated ministries to be faithful examples, through their words and actions, by responding proactively and transparently against all forms of abuse. We must remain vigilant in preventing sexual abuse, upholding the dignity of all human beings as image-bearers of God, and affirming the responsibility of all Christians to seek the well-being of the abused.

(Galatians 5:19-23; Galatians 6:1-2; Ephesians 5:1-5)

Resolution No. 8

For Advancing the Gospel Amid Challenges

We, the messengers to the 2021 Annual Meeting of Oklahoma Baptists, meeting at Southern Hills Baptist Church, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, November 15-16, 2021, recognize that this year has presented unprecedented challenges for pastors and churches. From the COVID-19 pandemic to societal unrest, there has been no shortage of challenges in 2021. We know, from the Scriptures, that God often uses challenging circumstances to advance the Gospel. We recommit to prayer, evangelism, giving, discipleship and missions, asking the Lord Jesus to use Oklahoma Baptists to advance the Gospel through encouraging pastors, embracing brokenness, and making disciples. We pray God would help Oklahoma Baptists toward the shared goals of increasing weekly church attendance, Cooperative Program giving, baptisms and sending of missionaries.

(Matthew 28:18-20; Philippians 1:12)

Presenters

Todd Fisher

Executive Director-Treasurer Elect, Oklahoma Baptists

Dr. Todd Fisher has pastored at Bethel Acres, Hopewell; Wellston, First; Oklahoma City, Highland Hills; and Shawnee, Immanuel, where he is currently pastor. He has been involved in the Southern Baptist Convention on the association, state, and national levels throughout his career serving on committees and boards. Most recently, Dr. Fisher served as president of the Oklahoma Baptists’ state convention.

Dr. Fisher is married to Jamy, who leads the women’s ministry at Shawnee, Immanuel, and speaks at women’s events across the state. They have three children: Zach, an OBU grad and band director for Garber Public Schools in Oklahoma; Carly, a junior at Mississippi College; and Anna, an 8th grader in Shawnee.

He is currently assistant professor for Christian Preaching at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (2019-present) and adjunct professor for Oklahoma Baptist University (1999-present). He served as adjunct professor for Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (2005-2018).

Dr. Fisher graduated from Oklahoma Baptist University in 1992 with a BA in Pastoral Ministry, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1996 with an MDivBL, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2001 with a DMin in hermeneutics, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2018 with a ThM in biblical spirituality, and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2018 with a PhD in preaching.

Charlie Blount

Lead Pastor - Moore, First Baptist Church

Charlie Blount is the lead pastor of First Moore Baptist Church. He has served in Oklahoma Baptist churches for over twenty years. Charlie loves the local church and his heart is to see it become healthy and effective in advancing the gospel.

Charlie and his wife Renee have been married for 22 years. They have four children, Avery, Ethan, Evan, and Adalyn. They have been very involved in foster care and encouraging the church to play an active role in ministering to children who have been displaced from their families.

Michael Butler

Senior Pastor – Chickasha, First

Michael has served as the Senior Pastor at the First Baptist Church of Chickasha since February of 2011. Michael holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft Worth, and a Doctor of Ministry from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Michael and his wife Raylee are always on the go with their four children, who keep him busy with everything from coaching soccer to giving guitar lessons. In his free moments, Michael likes to unwind by trading stories over a cup of coffee, reading a good book, and running.
For more information, or if you have any questions, please contact the Oklahoma Baptists Leadership Office at (405) 942-3000 x 4507 or email sbaker@oklahomabaptists.org

2021 Annual Meeting Replays

Watch and listen to Todd Fisher, Charlie Blount and Michael Butler