BROKEN ARROW — Oklahoma's Southern Baptists will gather for their annual meeting Monday and Tuesday at First Baptist Church of Broken Arrow, with plans to celebrate the 40th anniversary of their disaster relief team ministry, among other business.
The Rev. Anthony Jordan, executive director-treasurer of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, said the theme of the convention's 107th annual meeting is “Serve,” and it will be emphasized throughout the two-day event. The host church is where the Rev. Nick Garland, who is the convention's president, is the senior pastor.
Jordan said a highlight of the meeting will be recognition of the important work conducted by the Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief operation, founded in 1973. The celebration of the ministry affiliate's efforts will be during the Monday night session, he said.
“These individuals, both men and women, give of their time and do some of the most difficult and hard work. They clear mud from homes, they clear rubbish where tornadoes have gone through, they sift through ashes when the homes have been burned by wildfires and have served where hurricanes have come through, and tsunamis,” Jordan said.
Jordan said another celebration will take place in the form of a special reception for Ron Fannin, the convention's senior associate executive director. The event for Fannin, who plans to retire in 2014, will be after the Monday evening session, Jordan said.