Letter from Brian Hobbs
Thank you for visiting the Ethics & Religious Liberty Committee (ERLC) home page. In these challenges times within the culture, how can Christians make an impact with the Gospel?
Many churches in Oklahoma have established an ERLC committee or contact within their congregation, to help make them aware of critical moral and ethical issues that affect Christian life.
At the state level, the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma’s ERLC Committee, which consists of committee members elected by Oklahoma Baptists annual meeting messengers and select Oklahoma Baptists staff, exists to alert and serve as a resource for Oklahoma’s Southern Baptist Churches and Associations regarding moral and ethical issues that affect families, churches, communities and the nation.
At the national level, the Southern Baptist Convention, through the Cooperative Program, sponsors the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. Led by president Dr. Russell D. Moore, the ERLC seeks to awaken, inform, energize, equip and mobilize Christians to be the catalysts for the biblically-based transformation of their families, churches, communities and the nation.
We sincerely hope this web page offers resources to your church that are edifying and useful. We would love to serve with you and stand ready to assist your church.
Sincerely in Christ
Editor, Baptist Messenger
ERLC Committee Liaison for Oklahoma Baptists
Contact Your Legislator
Gather phone numbers, email addresses and other information about Oklahoma legislators on the Web at http://www.oklegislature.gov/. A directory of Representatives and Senators from any legislator’s office is available at the capital.
If Internet access is unavailable, call:
The House switchboard at:
(405) 521-2711or (800) 522-8502
The Senate switchboard at: (405) 524-0126
Should you write, fax or email a Representative or Senator:
(Your legislator’s name)
Oklahoma State Senate or House
State Capitol Building
2300 North Lincoln Boulevard
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
In order to be effective in influencing legislation, the right people must be contacted in the right way.
Always be polite and identify:
- who you are
- where you live
- your address
- your phone number
Do this for every form of communication you use – a call, fax or email without this information will be ignored by most legislators. Never cover more than one bill at a time, and be brief, but polite. You may contact a legislature by phone, fax, email or mail, but it is best to use three methods of communication. By contacting a legislator and key people, (such as committee chairs and members and conferees) a powerful message is sent that a certain bill or issue is important to Oklahomans. Remember, a non-voter or person who lives outside the legislator’s district carries less weight than a voter who lives in the district, but all communication is important. If the line is busy… do not give up.
Foster Care Grants
Through the generous giving of Oklahoma Baptist churches, we are able to offer grants for foster care ministry in our state, showing the compassionate love of Got to children and families in need.
Each year, hundreds gather at the Capitol at the beginning of the new legislative session to promote and support the lives of unborn babies by meeting with their state senators and representatives and presenting them red roses, which represent the sanctity of the unborn.
2019-2020 Comittee Members
Mrs. Mona Adkinson
Reverend Tim Hare
Reverend Jarrod Kendall
Reverend Kenny Mossman
Reverend Tim Prock
Reverend Ryan Redwine
Oklahoma City, OK
Reverend Jeremy Smith
Midwest City, OK
Reverend Ryan Smith
Mrs. Mitzi Woodson
Mr. Brian Hobbs
Oklahoma City, OK
Ex Officio Board Members
Dr. Joe Ligon
Interim Executive Director-Treasurer
Dr. Todd Fisher
Senior Pastor – Shawnee, Immanuel Baptist Church