Recommendations sought for Boards, Committees and Officers

The Nominating Committee of the convention of Oklahoma Baptists invites Oklahoma Baptists from across the state to recommend persons to serve on the various boards and committees. The committee’s nominations will be presented to messengers at the Annual Meeting of Oklahoma Baptists to be held November 15-16, at Oklahoma City, Southern Hills Baptist Church.

It is important that consistent information be available for all recommendations. The recommendation form printed with this article may be copied. Accurate completion of the form is requested for each name submitted. Those sending names for consideration may contact any member of the committee; however, recommendation forms must be received by the Nominating Committee no later than August 2. The electronic form can be completed below, or the printed form may be mailed to the Nominating Committee, Baptist Building, 3800 North May Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK 73112-6506, or faxed to 405-942-1339.

Committee members are Ray Griffin, chairman; Yanet Arauz, Priscilla Arneecher, Jacob Bice, Curtis Erwin, Manita Forney, Bryan Gilbert, Misael Gonzalez, Chris Hagar, Nathan Howard, Courtney Ingram, Lauren McAfee, Leah Peters, Nathan Presley, and Craig Towery.

Potential directors and trustees should have a personal history of effort and experience in Christian causes and an interest in promoting the objectives of the organizations to which they are recommended. Knowledge and ability in business are beneficial characteristics for nominees for each board. All board positions are for 3-year terms except as otherwise noted. Following are the vacancies to be filled:

Board of Directors of Oklahoma Baptists will have 20 positions on the 60-member board to be filled from 13 associations; all three-year terms. Seven three-year At-large positions will be filled. Three new directors must be laypeople; two must be men and one must be a woman. One position is open in each of the following associational areas: Banner, Capital, Cherokee, Frisco, Great Plains, Johnston-Marshall, North Canadian, Northeastern, Panhandle, Pittsburg, Pottawatomie-Lincoln, Salt Fork, and Washington-Osage. To comply with convention bylaws, the number of directors elected from specific associational areas will vary as the resident membership fluctuates, and the number of At-large members will change accordingly from year to year. The constitution specifies that there are to be no fewer than 16 persons who are not ordained ministers of the Gospel serving on the board, including at least eight women and at least eight men.
Board of Directors for Baptist Village Communities of Oklahoma will have seven positions open for recommendation on the 21-member board; all 3-year terms. BVC bylaws stipulate that the board shall be geographically representative of the state.
Board of Trustees for Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children will have openings for eight members on the 24-member board; all 3-year terms. To conform to OBHC bylaws, six new directors must be laypersons and two must be an ordained minister or minister’s spouse. There are no geographical requirements, but a geographical balance is desirable.
Board of Trustees for Oklahoma Baptist University will have ten vacancies on the 30 member board; all 3-year terms. Five of the ten new trustees must be laypersons and five must be selected from among the professional clergy (pastors, church staff, directors of missions, etc.) or their spouses. The committee seeks to maintain a balance of members from all areas of the state; however, there are no requirements regarding geographical locations.
Board of Directors for WatersEdge (formerly The Baptist Foundation of Oklahoma) will have six vacancies on the 18-member board; all 3-year terms. To fulfill bylaw specifications, six of the new directors must be laypersons, of which one shall be a woman. There are no geographical requirements, but a geographical balance is desirable.

Convention Committees

Convention Committees: Nominees from all areas of the state are eligible to serve on Convention committees. The Audit Committee will have three vacancies; all 3-year terms. Two new members must have senior corporate management experience. To comply with the committee’s charter, members must meet the following criteria: 1) member of the clergy who is a recent past officer of the Convention; or 2) certified by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, who are experienced in finance, accounting, and/or knowledgeable of tax and regulatory requirements; or 3) must have senior corporate management experience including finance or accounting, or other comparable experience or background. The following positions will also be open: three 3-year terms on the Ethics & Religious Liberty Committee; and three 3-year terms on the Historical Commission.

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