Baptist Press just reported that Dr. Johnny Hunt will nominate Dr. A. B. Vines for SBC First Vice President this summer at the Annual Meeting in Dallas. Vines is pastor of New Seasons Church in San Diego, President of the California Southern Baptist Convention, and is a recent past president of the National African American Fellowship of the SBC. You’ll see all those details and more in the BP article.
The announcement notes the extensive missions work of New Seasons Church, Cooperative Program and Great Commission Giving, “community clothing and feeding ministries, at least two church plants, missions in Africa, and a school in the Philippines.” Also notable is the multi-ethnic nature of New Seasons Church, which across five campuses includes an Arabic-speaking campus and Spanish-speaking campus. But I’m just repeating what you can read for yourself at BP.
I’ve not met Dr. Vines personally but I’ve heard in the last hour from a few different friends who know Vines and have worked with him. They are thrilled to see him nominated and speak very highly of him. I’m really thankful for Dr. Vines’ past leadership in various convention roles and his willingness to be nominated, as well as for Johnny Hunt’s desire to nominate him as a leader who will be a blessing for Southern Baptists at this important time.